Circle of Control: These things you have direct control over, such as your actions and your responses to adversity and opportunities. This is the area to focus on to optimise your effectiveness and wellbeing.
Circle of Influence: These things you have indirect control over, such as other peoples’ reactions, their thoughts. But, unlike the Circle of Concern, you can still influence action or change. For example, you may influence how an employee or team member works or acts, but you can’t directly control them.
Circle of Concern: These are areas that concern you but in which you generally have little or no control, such as national debt, weather or traffic. This is where reactive people spend too much time worrying about outcomes/actions they cannot do anything about. Don’t waste your time here as it will not positively contribute to your effectiveness and wellbeing.
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