Leverage for Growth Podcast

Episode 116: Harnessing the Power of Agency

Episode Date:Jul 7, 2023

Explore the concept of agency and its importance in taking control of your life and achieving success. Understand how agency influences personal growth, resilience, and optimism. Learn how to apply agency to the domains of body, being, balance, and business. Set goals, measure progress, and celebrate achievements. Reflect on areas where you may be lacking agency and take action to make positive changes. Exercise agency as a commitment to your growth and success.

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You are now listening to Leverage for Growth. Hey everybody, this is Jesse B. Gilmore, founder of Niche in Control and creator of Leverage for Growth. Welcome to the Daily Leverage Edition. Today’s topic is this, harnessing the power of agency. Sit back, relax, and welcome to today’s Daily Leverage. So today we’re diving deep into a concept that can be the key to unlocking your potential and steering the course of your life, agency. It’s about taking charge. setting goals, measuring progress, always looking back to see how far we’ve come. So let’s understand this word agency. Agency is our capacity to make decisions, to take action and exert control over our lives. It’s about setting a trajectory and then taking the steps needed to follow that path. Agency is the feeling that you are the driver of your life, not just a passenger. So why is having agency important? Having agency is pivotal to our lives because it’s the backbone of our freedom, choices, and ultimately our success. According to a study published in the Journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science, individuals who feel a sense of agency are more likely to be proactive, optimistic, and resilient. Agency… has a direct bearing on our success. It’s not about reaching the final destination, it’s about enjoying and learning from the journey that we’re on. One effective way to measure success is by setting specific measurable goals and then looking back to see how far you’ve come. This approach gives us a sense of progress and accomplishment. And so let’s explore how agency applies to our key domains. So for body, take charge of your health, set goals, track your progress, and celebrate wins. For being, drive your personal growth, take autonomous actions, make conscious decisions, and acknowledge your progress. For balance, exercise agency in your relationships, build and nurture connections that resonate with your values, and allow others to have agency in their lives as well. For business, be the driver. Set clear business goals, measure your progress and adapt as necessary. So I want you to take some time to recognize your own progress. Reflect on a goal that you set for yourself in the past. Write down where you started and the steps that you took and where you are now. Use this exercise to appreciate your growth and reinforce your agency. Exercising agency is a commitment to your personal growth and success. It’s about making conscious decisions, setting clear goals, measuring your progress, and recognizing how far you’ve come. When we exercise agency, we’re no longer just passengers in our life, but drivers steering towards our defined success. So now it’s time for the daily leverage. So where in your world, whether in your life or business, have you been lacking agency? Is it in your life with your health and body? Is it in your life with your spirituality or self-direction? Is it in your relationships with your spouse, partner, or kids? Is it in your business, finances, or team? Once you’ve located where you’ve been lacking agency and you know what you need to change, my question to you is this. What are you willing and able to do about it today? That is the end of the Daily Leverage. This is Jesse B. Gilmore. You’ve been listening to Leverage for Growth podcast. If you’re enjoying these Daily Leverage and agency leverage episodes, make sure to subscribe on Apple or Spotify now.