Today in my reading Covey explained the Circle of Influence and the Circle of Concern.
The circle of concern is everything that can and do worry about: war, our neighbors, other people, crime, the economy, etc. The circle of influence is everything within the circle of concern that we can do anything about, or have any degree of control over.
So the point is, to identify things that we spend time and energy worrying or thinking about, but that we cannot do a single thing about, and to quit doing it. You can then take that time and energy, and focus on things within your control, such as improving yourself and your life.
If you really think about this, you’ll find that you do waste a ton of time and energy thinking and worrying about things that you have absolutely no control over… so stop doing it. When you really let go of some of those worries for good, it’s very liberating.