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"Choice not chance determines our destiny." Layne Beachley AO

A final post for the week inspired by 7 times world champion surfer Layne Beachley.


Working with Layne last week was such a privilege. Her wisdom from the waves & deep insights from an extraordinary life of setbacks & success align perfectly with what we know from a century of psychology.


Albert Bandura is the most cited living psychologist of all time. His agency theory is well known to many but worth recapping here in light of Layne's quote above.


In a nutshell one of the deepest needs humans have is for a sense of agency, i.e. "to influence one's functioning and the course of events by one's actions".


Without agency we feel like a victim. We feel helpless. We blame. We make excuses. We justify. We procrastinate. We react. Our lives happen to us not through us.


With agency we become the victor. We choose how we interpret the world around us. We own our experience. We respond in alignment with our values and purpose.


Agency is a about intention. goal setting, self regulation & self awareness. All learnable skills.


Every tenfold performer (10x better than their peers) has high agency.


Layne's agency is off the chart!