Calm Your Mind and Choose Your Response

January 23, 2017 by  
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In an uncertain world where we are bombarded and frustrated daily by multiple environmental, social and political problems, and by Trump’s actions and words, we have to learn to calm our minds and choose our responses.

Learn to calmly understand the issues and their roots rather than symptoms. Don’t be frustrated or angry, instead face them squarely and look for ways to solve the problem or reduce the implications. Don’t get distracted by name-calling or stereotyping your adversaries.

Focus on your inner Circle of Influence – things that you can control and influence. Differentiate that from your outer Circle of Concern, which are things that you are concerned about but that are not within your control or influence. Understand the difference between the two Circles and choose to work on your Circle of Influence first while aiming to enlarge it so that it approaches your Circle of Concern over time.

Calm your mind. Choose your response.

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our happiness.” – Stephen R. Covey

Circle of Concern and Circle of Influence

January 18, 2015 by  
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We would like to share a mindset for those who wish to work on environmental issues or projects. It’s adapted from the late Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and is called the Circle of Concern and Circle of Influence.

The Circle of Concern are things which you have little or no control over. The Circle of Influence are things you can do something about. The Circle of Influence is usually smaller and inside the Circle of Concern.

If you start by focusing your time and energy on the Circle of Concern, you tend to get nowhere and feel frustrated because you realised that things are not changing. This affects you and you start to lose interest or feel lost, thus making your Circle of Influence even smaller.

On the other hand, if you focus your time and energy on your Circle of Influence and change things that you have some control of, you feel better and more confident. You gain momentum gradually and start to be able to enlarge your Circle of Influence. And over time your Circle of Influence would be larger than your Circle of Concern.