Circle of Concern, Circle of Influence

According to author Steven Covey (7 Habits of Highly Effective People) the Circle of Concern refers to the broad range of concerns we may worry about but cannot control.

 Matters of concern might range from international debt to problems at work, one’s children’s future profession, a bus being cancelled or the threat of climate change.  

In comparison, the Circle of Influence encompasses those matters we can
actually do something about or make an impact on.  For example, exercising regularly, setting aside extra funds into superannuation to provide for retirement, being positive in the face of difficult situations or making the effort to offer support to family and friends.

Strangely, we often choose to direct a huge amount of energy toward those matters we cannot control, reacting to what happens to us, or around us.  We tend to give relatively less proactive attention towards those things we can control or influence. 

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Michelle Stewart,
30 Mar 2015, 20:15