Internal Locus of Control
The belief that events in one’s life, whether good or bad, are caused by controllable factors such as one’s attitude, preparation, and effort.
Example: When the boy failed a test, he acknowledged that he hadn’t studied enough and didn’t understand a few of its key questions. He resolved to meet with his teacher for advice on ways to improve next time.
Grinnell, R. (2009). Internal Locus of Control. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 10, 2015, from http://psychcentral.com/encyclopedia/2009/internal-locus-of-control/