Another morning at ANLP and participants are all gathered under the Raaswater high rope grounds. By just looking at them, the word FEAR was written all over their faces. With no doubt, the majority of participants were not ready to take the high rope challenge. I still remember Neels (our dedicated team-building leader) carefully giving instructions on how to put on safety wear and the rules that would keep us safe. Everyone looked so puzzled, confused and still not ready to take the impending challenge.
“There in no way in HELL I could ever do that!” I am acrophobic: super scared of height!” are a few of the numerous negative statements from participants.
The faces of the ANLP 2017 participants went blank and clueless when Alice (ANLP Alumnus – 2013, facilitator of the leadership session) introduced the topic for the period – “LOCUS OF CONTROL”. What could this mean? How was this relevant to the development of our leadership abilities? The next few minutes of the facilitator’s presentation brought so much clarity as the message resonated with every participant.
We all remembered either professional or personal instances where we were internally- or externally-oriented in terms of our control. Simply put, internal locus of control refers to taking responsibility for the results of one’s action. On the other hand, external control is characterized by blaming the system, other people, supernatural forces – in fact everyone and everything else but NOT oneself! Although all these external setbacks may be real and valid, simply blaming and folding our arms denies one the opportunity to grow.
“We cannot direct the wind but we can direct the sail” (Thomas S. Monson). And, we add, you never know what wonderful destination your ship might take you to!