Circle of Concern vs. Circle of Influence

I have some concerns.

Things that many people worry about…

But, I recognize that these are uncontrollable things.

And since I can’t control them, I need to focus on the things I can control.

Here is what I can do (influence):

This week: Control what you can control, influence what you can influence.

It’s ok to have bigger concerns in the world, but don’t let them fill your days with worry.

As long as you’re doing everything in your circle of influence, you’re trying your best – which is enough.

Happy Monday! Get out there and make a difference. 🙂

PS. The circle of concern & circle of influence is from Stephen Covey’s book The 7 Habits of highly Effective People. Check out a summary video here if you have a spare 13 mins!

4 thoughts on “Circle of Concern vs. Circle of Influence

  • I’m going to have to check that book out; I love this concept. I would say limiting news intake in general has been incredibly helpful over the last few months…

    • Hey IF!! Yeah I’ve been trying the low information diet ever since I read Tim Ferris’s book. Limiting social media really does increase my happiness, which is funny because I believe the intent of the platform is to do the opposite!

  • Hi Joel,

    One thinks about concern and usually is unable to do something to influence outcome.

    Influence is better than concern for most of the people. To be able to focus on influence will be a mastery as per my perspective. Power of Zen plays a part.


    • Yep it’s definitely not as easy as it looks. But writing this stuff down and drawing circles at least helps me compartmentalize my thoughts, and figure out what actions I can actually be doing to help.
      Have a great day WTK!

Comments are closed.