The Accuracy of Agency

by | Dec 18, 2019 | Powerful Paragraphs | 2 comments

Assessing your agency is a habit. Some people consistently overestimate agency, get in over their heads, and end up overwhelmed. Some underestimate, delay and hesitate, and end up frustrated. Ideally, you’re able to accurately know your abilities as well as the time, energy, and resources available, and plan impeccably, but it’s rare.

What’s your habit in rating your agency?

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What are three blessings you’re grateful for in 2019?


  1. Laurence Hewitt

    John, you make a good point about overestimating one’s agency. Although, research has shown that high levels of optimism correlate to high levels of fulfillment, when rating one’s agency, having an “inappropriate” level of optimism can lead to bad decision-making. In some cases, erring on the side of pessimism may be helpful. The trick in agency assessment is a high level of objectivity; in the assessment of our abilities, the current situation and our chances of success.

  2. Jazzmin Johnson

    I’d definitely one to underestimate! Planning has been my one step to fight off that frustration! Love this question.


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