Messages from a Fortune Cookie 2
On the 4 January I wrote about my lovely wife and myself going out for dinner together in the post “Messages from a Fortune Cookie”. In the post I went through one of the messages we recieved in the fortune cookie. This post is about the other message.
“We can’t control the wind, but we have the power to adjust the sails”
It is also a great message. There is so much in life that we cannot control, yet this is not a reason to give up on the outcome. There are so many elements and factors of our life that we do not control. In a job we have a boss that can impact on our employment, Mother Nature is in control of the weather and as individuals we do not decide what happens in the stock market. The list can go on and on. We truly do not control the wind…..
So what is the good news? The good news is that we have the power to choose our response and actions. In Dr Stephen R Covey’s book the “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” Dr Covey discusses Circle of Influence and Circle of Concern. It is important that we focus on our Circle of Influence.
For example in our Circle of Concern may be the way that our boss treats us. However it may not be in our Circle of Influence. However in our Circle of influence is choosing where we work and how we respond to our boss. Same with the weather, we do not control the weather. What we do have control over is the way we dress for the weather. Likewise, though we do not control the stock market, we can control the way we invest and what risks we take with our money.
So though we do not control the wind….. We do truly have the power to adjust the sails…..
Some questions to ask yourself:
Do you have things in your life that are out of your control, however you are trying to control?
What is in your circle of influence that may help in this situation?
How are you going to adjust your sails to harness this wind?
Posted on Saturday, 19 Jan 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged Business, Concern, Confidence, Control, Entrepreneurship, Influence, Leadership, Life, Management, Passion. Bookmark the permalink. 30 Comments.