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CirclesCircle of concern or circle of influence

Posted by Wendy Wilson | Learning & Development Consultant on 19-Jul-2018



When it seems like you don’t have a choice, you still have a choice.



In his book The 7 habits of highly effective people, Dr Stephen R Covey talks about the Circle of Concern and Circle of Influence.  This model is a way of becoming more self-aware regarding where you focus your time and energy and how proactive you are in certain circumstances.


We all have things we are concerned about such as: family, work, health, finances, political unrest, wars, etc.  These concerns can be separated into


    - The Circle of Concern – if you have no control over it; or
    - The Circle of Influence – for those things you can influence and change.


By understanding that there are some things you ultimately have no control over you can start to become more pro-active about the things you have control of and can influence.


Rather than focusing on your Circle of Concern – things you can’t do anything about, be pro-active by concentrating on your Circle of Influence – the things you CAN DO,


By becoming proactive you will increase your Circle of Influence and decrease your Circle of Concern.  You can then start to expend your time and energy working on the things you can do something about; rather than wasting time and energy complaining about things you can’t do anything about.


    Over to you…


  1. How can Covey’s Circle of Concern/Circle of Influence help you to deal more pro-actively with a current situation?
  2. What can you do to increase your Circle of Influence?




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