Understanding attribution Theory

“Reject stable and uncontrollable attributions and instead adopt unstable and controllable explanations for failure.”

Attribution is the process of determining the causes of events or behaviors.

Stability refers to how likely it is the probability of causes will change over time.
Locus of control: This refers to one’s belief that his or her behavior is guided by external factors, such as luck, fate, etc., or internal factors, such as ability and effort.

Research supports the idea of attribution reframing or retraining as a way to empower individuals to make positive changes regarding their physical activity levels.


Out of own control, changes are random. Success or failure is attributed to chance, meaning individual has no ownership of behaviors.

Attribution theory assumes that people try to explain why they do what they do. The theory suggests that people attribute successes and failures to either internally or externally controlled forces and either stable or unstable traits. Their perceptions with regard to success or failure determine the amount of effort they’ll expend.

Let’s revisit this guideline:
“Reject stable and uncontrollable attributions and instead adopt unstable and controllable explanations for failure.”

We must take responsibility for our successes and failures.

The above sentence goes hand in hand with controlling what we think. When we believe we are overcome by our goals, we must get perspective, or it stands to become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Your potential is greater than your present moment problems. Remember that.

An important part of this is to understand a few natural laws.

Newton’s first law states that every object will remain at rest or in uniform motion in a straight line unless compelled to change its state by the action of an external force.

In this case, you are the object at rest or in motion. The external force is actually your perception. How you perceive the external World will dictate whether you move forward or halt.

In order to continue moving, you will need to focus on the task at hand, and work on incremental improvements that your mind can believe will come about.

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Newton’s third law. This ties into the law of cause and effect. The law of cause and effect states that every cause has an effect and every effect becomes the cause of something else.

When you take responsibility of that cause, then you can learn to get the effect you want.

Apply this to your fitness. Set a goal that you can start taking action on because you have broken it down incrementally enough you can do it now. There is nowhere else to be than the present, and everything that has been accomplished has been created in the present.

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