How can we deal with the widespread fear of the coronavirus that has become common these days? Mahatria provides a solution through the concept of the circles of influence and concern. He speaks about the overarching nature of this concept and how it can be applied to the current happenings in the world.
See, there are two things in life. One is called circle of influence, other is called circle of concern. What is circle of influence? I can do something about it. What is circle of concern? I’m concerned about it, but I have no control over it. I have absolutely no control over it.
What to teach all of you right now, I can choose. I have control over it. How you absorb my teaching, I have no control over it. Asking a question, you have control over it. But whether I read the question, or it gets lost in the scroll, you have no control over it. To ensure that my gardener’s child is not deprived of education, you can influence it. To ensure there is no illiteracy in the world, you have no control over it.
So in everything in life, there is a circle of influence, there is a circle of concern. Circle of influence is what you can control, what you can influence and circle of concern is, you’re concerned about it, it bothers you, but you have no control over it. No matter how much my thinking, my feeling, my intelligence is directed towards my circle of concern, except creating dissipation of energy, it’s capable of doing nothing.
There are a lot of these people who dissipate a lot of this energy, why the world is like this? Circle of concern. What can I do in this world? Circle of influence. So coronavirus, even the greatest of scientists in the world, are still not even understanding the virus, its mutation, its essential signature, what can counter it, what can be the medicine, what can be the vaccination. Even for them, it’s still a circle of concern.
Circle of influence is, that you keep your nasal health good. You keep practicing your breathing right. Now you are reacting, but on the long run, ensure that you have a good immune system. Ensure you maintain your personal hygiene, whether it’s the mask or wearing disposable gloves or washing your hands, whatever can be done!
There is a part which you can control. There’s a part you can only be concerned about. And this is not just with corona. Somebody had asked, “I love somebody, but they are not loving me.”. People who make you beg for love, you’ll have to keep begging for the rest of your life for their love. If somebody does not recognize your value in their life, they just don’t recognize your value in life!
In the time you are begging for one person to love, there are a lot of people who are loving you and you’re not even recognizing this, you’re not even noticing it. What is important is this. This happens in parenting, this happens in your health, this happens with corona, this happens with the economy. Economy!
Circle of concern is when will economy bounce back. When will the markets open? When will the lockdown be removed? When will we get back? Circle of concern. Circle of influence is this time can be utilized to develop your personal competence. You can learn a new technology. You can be future-ready. You can create horizontal exposure to you. You can be part of online tutorials. You can be mentored by people.
You can relook at your systems and how they can be improved, organizational policies can be created. Essentially, I can become future-ready. I don’t know when the future flow will start, but I can be future-ready. Instead of living so much in fear about what this one invisible virus can do, I can take my personal immune system, personal metabolism, personal respiratory health to such levels. That is not a matter of concern to me in the future. But what is important is this. This is what research reveals, and this is very important for all of you.
When you keep… And for everybody, whether it is Trump or Narendra Modi or you, for everybody, their circle of concern is always bigger than their circle of influence. Everywhere. But this is what research reveals. Those who keep working on their circle of influence, one day this circle of influence grows and what was in circle of concern comes within circle of influence. On the contrary, those who keep always working on their circle of concern, their circle of influence shrinks so much that even what they used to control earlier, now they have no control over.
Since it’s very important, I repeat it. For everybody, the circle of concern is greater than the circle of influence. However, those who keep working in their circle of influence, their circle of influence expands so much so, what was in the circle of concern one day comes within the circle of influence. Again, you’ll have a new circle of concern, which will be… but the old circle of concern will come inside your circle of influence.
On the contrary, if you keep working on your circle of concern only, even your existing circle of influence will shrink. Even what you used to influence, you will not be able to influence in the future. So control what you can control. Do your best and leave the rest. There’s nothing greater than what that force plus you can achieve. I repeat, energy plus intelligent effort plus faith in the energy… It’s an exceptional combination and that will see you through. Absolutely see you through.