Blaming Controllable Factors
Sometimes when you examine
your attributions you come to believe that controllable factors explain
why you do or do not succeed at different academic tasks.
- Crediting or blaming
controllable factors (acquired ability, effort)
Sometimes we attribute what
happens to us to controllable factors. These factors, such as acquired
ability (abilities we develop, like good reading skills) or effort (the
amount and type of effort we put into our studies), are factors that
we can generally control. Attributing what happens to us to these factors
helps us to feel in control.
Believing that the outcomes
in your life depend on your developed abilities and effort can have
positive consequences on your level of motivation. Even when you fail,
you are in control and can change how you approach a similar task in
the future. For example, if you fail the first exam in your history
class, you know that you can change how you studied for the exam and
do better on the next one.
Remember, the important point
is that YOU ARE IN CONTROL. You can improve performance in much of your
life by the simple choice of attributing results to controllable factors.
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