Everyone is walking in a sphere made of rubber. The sphere is transparent, it moves along the ground as one moves forward. It encapsulates and protects the individual from the danger of the outer forces. It feeds him and provides for him, be it food, be it water, be it a home, or even a job. It helps him watch his word; it helps to keep his thoughts under control.
He does not aim for materials, objects, and other things beyond his rubber sphere. If he did – and that was quite rarely – he would definitely go bonkers and ultimately face death. Luckily for him, that was really very rarely.
Now, how can one possibly realize the extent of the boundaries of their own sphere [their internal locus of control] when it’s invisible? It is hard considering the fact that we cannot see it with our human eyes … but it is not that difficult. What is required of you is your time, patience, and openness to experience.
It is like when one wearing a bower hat is following through a flagged trail. And then out of the blue, a man in black scurries across the path carrying a tiny red cloth, and snatches the hat from his head, leaving him in a daze. Well, if you were in his shoes, what would you do? Obviously, the first thing that would come into your mind once you’ve recovered from your daze would be to chase after that man in black.
That is the way we are in recent times, something interesting grabs our attention, and we lose our focus. And when we lose focus, we start running after those things that are not really important to us, but appear to be. Because you yourself make them look important.
Anyway, that is as far about the internal and external loci of control. If you don’t quite get it, then I suggest you sit down and start imagining about your own rubber sphere. Your internal locus of control comprises of things you can control; thus, your temperament, your approach to different situations, and how you solve problems are just a few examples. On the other hand, you can’t literally control everything, especially the weather. Neither can you control what your boss says about you. These are the factors that fall within the external locus of control.
All in all, it takes a wee little bit of effort to recognize your loci of control. It is extremely important because it helps you to be more aware of yourself.
So what are you waiting for? Give yourself a break and start imagining now! =D