Over the past four weeks I’ve found myself regularly engaging in conversations with family, friends and clients around worries and concerns about what our future may hold. It makes sense. We are thinking beings after all and there are a lot of unknowns right now.
One tool I find particularly helpful when things feel like they are getting a bit too much is to ascertain what are the things that are within my personal control right now and what things fall outside of this. All too frequently we can get wrapped up in concerns that, regardless of how much thought and energy we invest, we have little to no control over. I find Stephen Covey’s circle of control model a nice visual reminder of this.
The model reminds me that our brains are drawn to focus on the wider circle of concern and that can be an overwhelming and helpless space to be in. It also reminds me of our ability to influence others and the need to focus on our circle of control right now.