Mr. Covey tells us under this heading that our circle of influence contains only the things we can control. Our circle of concern contains our circle of influence and so much more that we don’t have control over. Stephen writes here that Proactive people focus only on the things that they have control over and that by doing this are able to expand their circle of influence. He tells us that over time their circle of influence will become just as large as their circle of concern. However, he also says that this means that the proactive person’s circle of concern should naturally expand.