Internal Locus Of Control, Minimalism, And Forward Momentum

If you’re truly a minimalist, you probably have an internal locus of control, at least in regard to minimalism. But that means you can adapt that same mindset to other areas of your life.

Internal locus of control and minimalism: Drawing of bicycle on a hill.

I’m not a hardcore minimalist. I still have a quite a bit of stuff. But I do practice minimizing how much I own on a regular basis. It’s a habit and it takes discipline. In the future, I know I’ll continue to keep life simple. I made that decision years ago and I have control over that aspect of my life.

If you’re a minimalist, you likely operate from an internal locus of control in regard to minimalism. You don’t make excuses. You don’t say things like, “I can’t get rid of those old books because I might read them again.” Or, “It’s not my fault that I don’t have enough time to declutter.” You take action and live minimally.

Minimalism Is Like Exercise

To be a minimalist, you must have commitment. Like exercise, you have to set your mind to it and believe in yourself. If you’re just starting your minimalist journey, you might still struggle to let things go. You might blame outside forces for your reluctance to get rid of stuff, just like a beginning runner who makes excuses for not hitting the pavement.

But if you’re making some strides in your minimalist journey, it’s good news. That means you’ve learned how to operate from an internal locus of control. Now you can use that power and apply it to other areas of your life.

When you really think about it, there are not a lot of things we can control in the world. We can’t control the weather. We can’t control other people’s actions. And we don’t get to decide the day we will die. But we can control our own actions at this moment. 

Internal Action And Forward Momentum

If you’ve learned to control your physical environment by becoming a minimalist, you can learn to control your professional environment. Just as you’ve done with minimalism, you simply need to take action.

That might require education. It might require moving to a different state. Or it might require the hard work it takes to develop your own business. But you can do it. Why? Because you understand that an internal locus of control gives you the power to move forward and foster positive change. It’s as simple as that.

I encourage you to take the positive strength you’ve developed as a minimalist and use it as forward momentum in other areas of you life. Start today!

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