INSTALMENT ONE: The Locus Of Control. I’ve been asked what is my greatest take away learning and experience from the DNF ( Did Not Finish ) at the Elephant Trail Race 200km Ultra Marathon.


As I’ve told others, I will tell you this, my greatest take away is the 'The Locus Of Control' and I was so blessed to learn this teaching, the hard way.


Utilising my 200km Elephant Trail Race experience as an artfully visual metaphor for this universal principle and law, I am excited to take you on a 3-part Blog / Podcast unpacking the journey in instalments:


Episode 1. Locus of Control - How to clarify what you can control and how to do so

Episode 2. The Psychological Tools Deployed - How to clarify what you CANNOT control Episode 3. How to go REAL BIG raise the bar, take on a challenge that’s ACTUALLY a challenge - Learn how to build on what you can control and develop tools and resources to reframe and manage what you can’t control.


It will be an exhilarating perceptual journey with direct focus on the physiological approach.


The training, nutrition, motivation, race day supplementation and food, support crew, logistics, and the salvation I found through suffering. What is Locus of Control? The Locus of control is the degree to which people believe that they, as opposed to external forces (beyond their influence), have control over the outcome of events in their lives. The concept was developed by Julian B. Rotter in 1954, and has since become an aspect of personality psychology. A person's 'locus' is conceptualised as internal (a belief that one can control one's own life) or external (a belief that life is controlled by outside factors which the person cannot influence, or that chance or fate controls their lives).


So there are things we can control and there are things we cannot. For me, the 200km gruelling ETR Ultra Marathon provided one of the greatest metaphors for life I’ve ever been exposed too - Controlling the 'Controllable'.


In life we have limited physical and emotional energy so wasting time and energy on things that you have no control over, and can’t do anything about, not only can empty your energy tank - but also lead to frustration and living a life not at your best self. Examples of things you cannot control are the weather, other people, anything external and in my case at the Elephant Trail Race INJURY, and an inability to continue.


Essentially what we can control is our internal system, and that is it! And knowing this is very empowering! We can control how we THINK, which dictates how we FEEL, and then directly influencing our actions, choices, and language that we use - And that creates your results and your human experience. Tune in, listen to the Podcast and accompany me on my Locus of Control insights at the Elephant Trail Race.

Jamie MilneJamie Milne

Jamie is one of the Sunshine Coast's respected, leading strength and conditioning coaches, and a reputable results-based force in the field of psychotherapy and self-development.