Circles Of Influence and 6 Morning Habits


  • Circles of Influence is adapted from Julian Rotter’s great work.
  • The more we focus on what we can control and influence daily the more empowered and positive focused we become.
  • 6 Morning Habits is based on Hal Elrod’s research based on successful business people and sports professionals.

Video Summary:

Locus of Control as a principle was originated by Julian Rotter in 1954. It considers the tendency of people to believe that control resides internally within them, or externally, with others or the situation. Note that, like other preferences, this is a spectrum. Some people have a wholly internal or external Locus of Control, but many will have some balance for both views, varying with situation.

6 Morning Habits are adapted from Hal Elrod’s work:

1. Commitment to some Yoga, meditation or stillness

2. 5-10 minutes each morning writing down our goals and objectives for the day

3. Chanting an affirmation to ourselves in the mirror on what our long term objectives and major weekly goals are reiterated each day

4. What are the top 5 most important things we need to do each day? 

5. Review of three things that went well the day before, some gratefulness on what’s good in our lives or achievements from day before. It’s often easy to lose sight of the good things if we are not reflective daily.

6. Some exercise for 15-20 minutes each day helps to keep us fit, increase our serotonin levels and improve our mood. Other benefits is that it helps to make us feel more in control and boost our confidence.

This article uses material from Locus of Control Julian Rotter which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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