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Episode #109: Circle of Influence

Episode #109: Circle of Influence

The “what” is easy. Craftwork is a specialty coffee shop and vibrant membership-based workspace with locations in Fort Worth (Foundry, Camp Bowie, Magnolia) and Austin (Domain). We serve craft coffee and are a connected coworking space. But you knew that already. Our “why” is our heart – we desire to create spaces and places where our members and customers experience connection and community.


It can be tricky to juggle the stressors that life throws at us. Author Stephen Covey has created a helpful tool that may be useful when trying to navigate this journey. He calls his idea the “Circles of Influence and Control.”

Circle of Influence: Covey believes that each of us has concerns and worries that fall into one of three categories: things we can control, things we cannot control, and things we can influence.

It’s a bit overwhelming knowing some of our concerns fall into the Circle of Concern, where we have no control. Things like the weather, economy, or how tall you are fit into this circle. These worries are often dead-end roads that leave us feeling small and helpless. Covey suggests pushing these concerns out of our minds, as any time spent thinking about the Circle of Concern is counterproductive.

Things we can control, like our daily attitude and the coffee we drink, fall into our Circle of Control. These actions, ideas, or tasks are things we have full control of and can change on our own. We feel a sense of power when we face concerns within the Circle of Control, and it can often help us feel calmer.

Even still, there is a third circle. This circle, the Circle of Influence, falls just between the latter two circles. We cannot fully control these things, but we can find ways to influence them. Things that fall within our Circle of Influence include the culture of the organization we work for or a collective commitment to keep our neighborhood clean. When we push these Circle of Influence initiatives forward, they can often result in a long-lasting and rewarding impact that makes us feel accomplished and gives us a sense of solidarity.

We feel that mapping out these circles can help us manage our stress and keep our worries at bay. By understanding and acknowledging the things that are out of our control, we can redirect our focus to the things within our Circle of Concern and Influence where our impact can be made. If you’d like to map out your circles, navigate to the website below.

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