Your 3 Circles of influence and how to extend your influence

April 5, 2024

Ever felt like you’re running in circles, not making enough progress?

This concept might just change how you view growth, empowerment, and leadership.

Welcome to the world of the Three Circles of Influence.
↳ A concept from Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”.

Imagine your life divided into 3 circles:
• Concern
• Influence
• Control.

The Circle of Concern houses everything you care about,
↳ both controllable and uncontrollable.
It’s easy to get lost here,
↳ worrying about outcomes we can’t change.

The Circle of Influence is the sweet spot of direct impact,
↳ where your actions and decisions truly matter.
This is where proactive individuals thrive,
↳ taking responsibility and driving change.

Then, there’s the Circle of Control.
A focused subset where your direct control lies:
• your attitudes
• behaviors
• choices.
It’s the core of empowerment.

Here’s where it gets practical:

1. Identify Your Circles.
→ Take a moment to reflect.
What occupies your Circle of Concern?
Where can you genuinely make an impact?

2. Focus on What You Can Control.
→ Channel your energy into personal development,
↳ nurturing relationships and chasing your goals.

3. Practice Self-Awareness.
→ Become an observer of your thoughts and emotions.
Notice when you drift towards the uncontrollable and
↳ gently guide yourself back.

4. Choose Your Responses.
→ Life will throw curveballs.
The power lies in choosing how we respond.

The Three circles of influence allow you to:
⇥ Navigate life with autonomy, owning your actions and choices.
⇥ Build resilience by focusing on what truly matters to face challenges.
⇥ Invest time and energy wisely for increased effectiveness and fulfilment.

This is not just a concept but a way of life.

It’s about:
Focusing on what you can control.
Influencing positive change where you can.
Letting go of what’s beyond your grasp.

Source: GWFM Research & Study

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