I’ve recently noticed a surge in negative posts on social media about the way our state (Ohio) is handling COVID-19 situation.
It’s only human.
People are growing restless.
I am growing restless.
Then I was reminded of a concept I learned years ago from reading Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”
In each of our lives, we have areas we are able to influence. For example, each morning when I write down the things I am grateful for–Relationship with Jesus, my health, Lori, our kids/grandkids, our resources, and my clients–those are all people and things I can influence…hopefully all in a positive way.
In each of our lives, we have areas we are concerned about but have little to no influence over–like the Ohio Stay Safe Order for COVID-19, or politics, or my dear Cincinnati Bengals. 🙂
The goal of living an effective life is to work within our circle of influence and our circle of influence expands as we quit wasting time on areas in our circle of concern.
In other words, wasting time on things we have no control over is, well, a waste of time. We only have 1440 minutes in a day. Why not invest your waking hours on becoming this person…
Be a light, not a judge, be a model not a critic. Little by little, your circle of influence will explode and you will avoid the emotional metastasizing cancers of complaining, criticizing, competing, comparing, and cynicism, all which reflect victimization, all of which are the opposite of being proactive.
This is a tough time. Don’t waste your time being reactive to people, places, and things of which you have no influence.
2 Chronicles 20:15, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army (COVID-19), for the battle is not yours, but God’s”
… and there is no Circle of Influence bigger than God’s.