If we’re not careful, we can catch ourselves thinking outside-in instead of inside-out. That’s right. We want to change the world so we get right to work…
We quickly share the negative political post because, yes, a lot of politics are messed up; and through frustration, our emotions are triggered, and we respond.
We talk about the downfalls or negatives of others instead of looking inside at what we should change. It’s so much easier to “point out” than to “work on.”
Stephen Covey wisely differentiated two catagories of people.
Proactive people focus on their Circle of Influence (things they can change and influence like themselves, their children, their environment, their responses, etc).
Reactive people focus on their Circle of Concern (things they have little-to-no control over like politics, others, the weather, etc).
So, when the next politically-biased post pops up or the gossip-filled text buzzes in, I’m committing to use the emotional trigger to take an inward look and spend my response to text encouragement, or share a positive thought.
Remember the advice to draw a circle around yourself and change everyone in that circle! World changers do this and all the circles their circle touches are better for it!
Simply reacting to life and living in the Circle of Concern drains so much time and energy – sucks it right out of you! Run to the Circle of Influence! Start with you. Change the world from the inside- out!