Focusing on what you can control
Having a locus of control (LOC) proved to be a big determining factor of success. A locus of control – and most importantly an internal locus of control – is a belief that you influence the events of your life more than outside factors do. It’s the idea that your actions/behaviors/attitude will be the strongest driving force behind how your life goes. It is the opposite of, say, a victim mentality in which one believes that when things don’t go their way, outside forces are usually to blame. It is the opposite of the belief that one’s life is out of their own control, and external factors (the world is unfair, people don’t like me, etc.) have pre-determined how their life will go.