Abstract

The tendency to act or not act is captured in the variable locomotion, which is associated with individuals who are “high energy ‘doers’ and ‘go-getters’ who welcome the opportunity to act in relative disregard of the costs and who loathe merely waiting and watching rather than acting” (Kruglanski et al., 2000: 796). Self-regulatory factors facilitate high levels of performance in many contexts by guiding and monitoring goal progress. Self-control influences efforts to reach goals by helping individuals avoid distracting temptations and regulate competing motives so as to shift, effectively, between goals (Hofmann et al., 2012). Thus, the tendency to “take action” (locomotion), combined with the ability to refrain from actions that are not directed toward goal progress (self-control), contribute to goal progress, which leads to career success and well-being.

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