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Lesson 1: High Agency

In the realm of Performance Psychology, developed by October Health to enhance mental fitness, a High Agency Mindset stands out as the foundational tenet. Understanding and cultivating this trait can significantly influence personal and professional growth, much like physical training strengthens the body. In this blog post, we delve into what a High Agency Mindset entails and offer actionable steps to practice and implement this crucial aspect of mental fitness.

What is a High Agency Mindset?

At its core, a High Agency Mindset is about possessing the belief that you have the power to influence your life's direction. It’s recognizing that, despite external circumstances, you have choices in how you respond and can actively shape your outcomes. Individuals with a high agency see obstacles as challenges to overcome, not insurmountable barriers.

Key Characteristics of High Agency Individuals:

  • Proactivity: Instead of reacting to life passively, they take charge and initiate action.
  • Responsibility: They hold themselves accountable for their successes and failures.
  • Resilience: High agency individuals bounce back from setbacks with a stronger resolve.

Why is a High Agency Mindset Important?

A High Agency Mindset is essential for several reasons:

  • Enhanced Performance: It drives individuals to go beyond their limits and achieve greater success.
  • Increased Adaptability: It fosters the ability to adjust swiftly to change, a valuable trait in today’s ever-evolving workplace.
  • Improved Problem-Solving: High agency individuals approach problems with a can-do attitude, often leading to innovative solutions.

How to Practice and Implement a High Agency Mindset

1. Recognize Your Control

Start by acknowledging the areas in your life and work where you have control. Reflect on how your decisions have shaped your current situation and how future choices can lead to different outcomes. This awareness is the first step toward cultivating a High Agency Mindset.

2. Set Clear Goals

Establish what you want to achieve in both your personal and professional life. Goal setting is a powerful tool that gives direction and purpose, enabling you to focus your efforts on what truly matters. October Health’s digital group sessions on Goal Setting and Focus can provide further insights into this practice.

3. Embrace Challenges

Adopt a perspective that views challenges as opportunities for growth. When faced with a difficult situation, ask yourself, “What can I learn from this?” and “How can I improve?” This shift in perception is instrumental in developing mental toughness, another tenet of Performance Psychology.

4. Practice Decision-Making

High agency is closely tied to the ability to make decisions confidently. Enhance this skill by setting small, daily goals and making conscious choices toward achieving them. Reflect on the outcomes of your decisions to reinforce your agency.

5. Engage in Continuous Learning

Invest in your personal and professional development through continuous learning. Whether through formal education, reading, or engaging in new experiences, expanding your knowledge base strengthens your belief in your ability to adapt and grow. October Health’s content on Coachability and Continuous Learning can be a valuable resource.

6. Seek Feedback

Feedback is an invaluable tool for understanding the impact of your actions and decisions. Seek constructive feedback from peers, mentors, or through October Health’s assessments to identify areas for improvement and validate your progress.


Adopting a High Agency Mindset is not an overnight process but a journey of continual self-improvement and reflection. By practicing the steps outlined above, you can begin to view your life through a lens of empowerment, leading to a more fulfilling and successful career and personal life. Remember, October Health’s Performance Psychology program and digital resources are here to support you every step of the way in developing a strong mental fitness foundation.

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