I was talking to a friend about a situation in which he felt powerless in the face of change. He was ‘waiting’ for an outcome about his future in the volatile manufacturing sector that was making him increasingly anxious and he was struggling to stay engaged. At times, he admitted, he felt depressed.
Waiting for what I asked?
Fate? Providence? Godot?
The difficulty with waiting for something to determine what happens to you is that it makes you feel less an adult than a child.
Your ‘locus of control’ (or the extent to which you believe you impact life) is farmed out to something beyond your self rather than remaining inside.
Given the demonstrated impact of the latter on job performance and satisfaction, it’s any wonder that adults in such an environment feel debilitated.
While there’s no doubt our superiors can and do make decisions that influence our lives, what remains in hand is our response.