Circle of Influence and Circle of Concern

Circle of Influence and Circle of Concern

  • For Students

“Circle of Influence and Circle of Concern” is a concept commonly taught in corporate training programmes. This concept has found widespread acceptance in the corporate world due to its effectiveness.

However, looking at the pressures students face , it was thought prudent  to explain this concept to students as well, since the concept basically applies to human nature and the environment in which we function.

Some of the common thought patterns students carry could be listed as :

  1. If my Maths teacher would have been as effective as Physics Teacher, I would be scoring 5% more marks in mathematics.
  2. If the Principle of my school was more lenient, I could have got more time to study at home and could have got admitted in a better college.
  3. If my home was near the school, I would have scored much better.
  4. If my father was more educated, I could have scored much better.

Basically, these thought patterns affect student’s studies in the following way:

  1. These thoughts create negative energy frames in our mind, and hence the absorption and grasping ratio of our mind gets reduced.
  2. These thoughts keep boggling us, and hence our concentration gets affected. Even while studying, these thoughts either disrupt us in between, or by occupying itself in the subconscious mind, a free flow to the mind is restricted.

However, these are very common thought patterns, and strictly speaking, the concerns expressed therein may be true. So, how do we tackle them ?

In order to have a free and unrestricted flow of studies to the mind, the very simple concept of “Circle of Influence and Circle of Concern” has found to be very useful.

The Concept states that all those concerns we can do something about fall in the Circle of Influence, and the concerns we cannot do anything about fall in the Circle of Concern.


Weather, The examination system ( Unit tests/ board exams), Previous year results, The teachers etc. lies in the Circle of concern. Because the student does not have any control on the same.

However, systematic studies, concentration, rising early etc. fall in the circle of influence , over which the student has full control.

The student is advised that he focuses simply on the areas that fall in the circle of influence, forgetting what lies in the circle of concern.

Notice the double sided arrows in the above figure.

It has been found that if one works in the circle of influence, the arrows work towards expanding the circle of influence, whereas if one concentrates/ thinks more on the elements that fall in the circle of concern, the arrows diminish the circle of influence.

Thus, as you start focusing only on the areas which you can work upon, gradually nature opens up more possibilities for you, and at times surprisingly finding solutions to items that lie in your circle of concern.

Thus we advise students if any thought disturbs them, just put it either in the circle of influence or circle of concern. If it is in the circle of concern, simply forget it. If it lies in the circle of influence, start working on it.

So No thoughts, No imaginations, either work or forget.

This principle is advocated by many management gurus, and has well proved its effectiveness in the corporate world. When People with high management responsibilities have benefited by it,  why not students ?

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