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The Circle Of Concern And What You Need To Know About It

by Mindvalley June 2, 2019

We human beings tend to worry a lot.

We worry about just about everything, from our physical health and relationships with loved ones to global politics and news.

All these worries and concerns can be summed up and represented as a circle of concern.

The circle of concern is closely related to the circle of influence – the circle of things that are under one’s control or influence.

Here’s everything you need to know about how the circle of concern works and how to manage yours.

What Is The Circle Of Concern?


The circle of concern is a circle that represents all the worries and concerns a person might have. These include concerns about health, status, interpersonal relationships, love life, career, the economy, potential wars, climate change, natural disasters, and more.

Like our circle of influence, our circle of concern is closely related to the intimate details of our personal lives.

What’s the difference between a circle of concern and circle of influence?

While the circle of concern encompasses all the concerns a person has, the circle of influence is a subset of it that includes things and concerns one has influence over.

Any person’s circle of influence is comparably smaller than their circle of concern. In fact, your circle of influence falls directly inside your circle of concern.

But did you know that the ratio of your circle of concern and circle of influence is entirely dependent on one key trait?

The difference in sizes between these two circles depends on your level of proactivity and reactivity.

It’s in our best interest to make the two circles as close as possible in size. And there are two ways to do go about it:

You can either expand your circle of influence or reduce your circle of concern.

circle of influence

What does a circle of influence mean?

The circle of influence represents all the things you have power over. These are what you can change and improve on. Its size largely depends on how you view yourself and how much responsibility you take on in your life.

A small circle of influence is a characteristic of reactive people, i.e. those who wait for the right moment or opportunity. They wait for things to happen and react to them.

On the other hand, proactive people tend to have far larger circles of influence. They have more courage and confidence in their ability to create the right moment and opportunity.

How do you expand your circle of influence?

You can expand your circle of influence by moving from a reactive state to a proactive one. It’s not easy, but with hard work and dedication, it can be accomplished.

First, should focus on expanding your circle of influence by taking on more responsibility in your life.

Next, you might want to change the way you speak. For example, replace the word “have” with “do” and “be”. “Have” is favored by reactive people. They see their responsibilities as a burden.

On the other hand, people who favor “do” and “be” tend to have bigger circles of influence. They don’t have to go to work, they get to go to work. They don’t have to work out, they get to workout.

Final thoughts

By embracing proactivity, you will be able to take full responsibility for your life and immensely expand your circle of influence.

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Are you more reactive or proactive? How big is your circle of influence? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

by Mindvalley
Mindvalley is creating a global school that delivers transformational education for all ages. Powered by community. Fueled by fun. We are dedicated to ensuring that humans live happier, healthier, and more fulfilled lives by plugging in the gaps that conventional education failed to teach us. We do this by organising real-world events around the world and producing world-class quality programmes in several areas of transformation, including mind, body, and performance.

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