How to Not Get Overwhelmed by the World

With all the things wrong in the world, it’s hard to not get overwhelmed. It can feel like the world is turning to crap.

When I focus on all that is wrong, it puts me in quite a state of helplessness and guilt, not knowing what to do and then feeling guilty about doing nothing. It can be a vicious cycle.

The thing is, guilt is useless. It certainly isn’t good for my mental health and unless it drives me to action, the guilt in itself is pointless. In this video I share a strategy to help not be overwhelmed with all that is happening in the world.

In The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey talks about a circle of influence and circle of concern.

A Circle of Concern includes the wide range of concerns I have, such as the state of the environment, Syria, people killing each other, the suffering of animals, Donald Trump. Sigh.

A Circle of Influence includes those concerns that I can do something about, that I have control over, such as how I treat people, how I choose to spend my time, where I direct my skills and talents, what causes I choose to support, the topics I discuss with my imaginary cat.

Proactive people focus their efforts on their circle of influence.

We can easily spend our lives worrying about all the things wrong with the world. But we can actually have an impact if we focus on things we have direct control over – ourselves, and the actions we take.

So, how can you focus on your circle of influence today?

What’s one small action you can take that you have influence over?