The question of whether or not you can control your life, or how much degree of control you have, is very interesting. Some people think that no matter what they do, that their fate has already largely been determined. Others believe that they can change or direct their future. You could think of these beliefs as two extremes 1) that outside factors influence what happens to an individual, and 2) that an individual can influence the outcome for themselves.
I discovered that this idea is well documented in psychology and is known as the Locus of Control. Understanding of the concept was developed by Julian B. Rotter in 1954. I thought I’d write about it: