How to Make and Focus on the Circle of Concern to Be an Effective Leader


A circle of concern requires your intention, focus, energy, and of course your time. That's why it is crucial to know how to make and focus on the circle of influence to make you an effective leader. In "7 Habits of Highly Effective People," Stephen Covey talks about the importance of being an effective leader.

How to Create and Focus on a Circle of Concern?

To make a circle of concern, you should prioritize the things that are really of your concern. For instance, a circle of concern of proactive people could include:

  • Health

  • Children/ Family

  • Problems at a particular workplace 

  • Personal grooming

  • Working on soft skill

  • And of course, everything that is directly related to you!

Also, what things shouldn't be your circle of concern include:

  • the national debt

  • terrorism

  • the weather

Stay Focused on the Circle of Concern

Making the circle of concern is one step to maximizing your ability to be financially rich but staying focused on this circle is more important than just creating it.

  • First, make your concern regarding direct problems that are because of your behavior, and you can diminish these problems by working on your habits. Your circle of concern with these problems can give you "Private Victories" by working on habits that are clearly defined in" 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey."

  • Secondly, your circle of concern shouldn't include INDIRECT problems, the problems because of others' behavior.

  • Thirdly, problems with no control. It includes natural problems over which we have no control. The best way to put this problem out of the box of your concerned circle is just acceptance of these problems.

  • Use proactive language by focusing on your circle of influence to gain financial success. Being reactive or use of reactive language can lead you toward more victimization and dependency.


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