Circle of influence from The 7 habits of highly effective people

The Circle of Influence

I’ve started to read the book “ The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. The first habit is to be proactive, and I reflect where in my life I have forgotten what this really means. The author challenges us to listen to our language to discover victimizing language, to focus on making conscious choices in our attitude towards the things we can and cannot control, to honor the commitments we make to ourselves and others, and to learn and correct our mistakes immediately. The main premise is that we are responsible for our destiny.

I couldn’t agree more.

I like the one about focusing on what we can control/ expanding the circle of influence. He tells a story of an executive gaining the influence over his authoritarian boss by finding creative ways of sharing his expertise. It is so easy to forget that no matter the circumstances we do have a choice, and that maintaining focus on what we can do creates positive energy that manifests into positive results.

Choice is power, and that power is yours.

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