Which Circle Are You In?

This isn’t just about effectiveness. It is also about happiness. It is easy to blame things beyond your control, but pity parties aren’t much fun. In fact, framing yourself as a victim leads to anger, frustration and depression. In contrast, there is nothing more motivating than producing results. ALL of the results you produce come when you work in your circle of influence.

A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual Good advice. — jtl, 419

by Dave Pratt via Ranching for Profit School

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsI go to a lot of meetings. I often hear people complain about how tough we have it. The three favorite topics are bad weather, low prices and government regulations (three things you can’t do anything about). Those are followed up by gossip about the neighbor … and if the neighbor is there … it turns to gossip about the other neighbor.

One of the things I enjoy most about the people who come to the Combat Shooter's Handbook Ranching For Profit School and who join Executive Link is their attitude. They aren’t there to complain about government policy, commodity prices or weather. They are there to figure out what they are going to do about government policy, how they plan to position themselves relative to markets and how they plan to prepare for and manage through severe weather. They work in a different circle.

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps InstituteIn Stephen Covey’s all-time best-selling book on personal development, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Covey describe two circles: a circle of concern and a circle of influence. The circle of concern includes things that we care about but can’t impact. The circle of influence lies within the circle of concern and includes all of the things that we care about AND can do something about. Covey points out that the more time we worry or complain about the things in the circle of concern, the less effective we are. Highly effective people focus on their circle of influence. The more we focus on the things we can actually do something about, the more our circle of influence grows and the more effective we become. That’s where most RFP students and EL members spend most of their time and energy.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewThis is more than a theory. A young couple asked for my advice regarding a problem “with their parents.” They were excited about the things they’d learned at the Ranching For Profit School but were concerned that when they returned home their family would be resistant to change and would reject their ideas. “They won’t let us do anything!” they complained.

“They won’t let you do anything?” I asked. “They won’t even let you write a proposal?”

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1)  The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2) The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3)“They won’t show us the numbers,” they said.

We had just talked about how reconstructing last year isn’t very useful since you can’t change the past. It is much more valuable to make projections. I reminded them, “You don’t need last year’s numbers to make projections for next year. Can you project the impact of the changes you want to make on overhead costs,  gross margin and turnover?”

They reluctantly agreed that they could.

I continued, “Can you project the cash flow, determine how much capital would be required or liberated, and show how labor would be impacted by your ideas? Could you project the implications in drought or low markets or other contingencies?”

They’d been focusing on their circle of concern and something that they couldn’t do anything about (their folks reaction). I was trying to steer them into their circle of influence and the things they could control (creating a proposal).

This isn’t just about effectiveness. It is also about happiness. It is easy to blame things beyond your control, but pity parties aren’t much fun. In fact, framing yourself as a victim leads to anger, frustration and depression. In contrast, there is nothing more motivating than producing results. ALL of the results you produce come when you work in your circle of influence.

There’s no point complaining about things you can’t do anything about. It’s not prices, government or drought that will determine your success or failure. It is how you position yourself relative to these issues and how you manage your business through this environment. To find proof, all you have to do is look around. Some people managing through drought, depressed prices and working with agencies, are more successful than others. It’s not just luck. It’s what they do that makes the difference. It’s not the situation but our response that counts.

It is easy to be distracted by all of the things we care about that we can’t change. The challenge is to find the part of these things that we can actually do something about. There’s plenty in our circle of influence to keep us engaged and productive. It’s time we rolled up our sleeves and got to work on those things.

 

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About Land & Livestock Interntional, Inc.

Land and Livestock International, Inc. is a leading agribusiness management firm providing a complete line of services to the range livestock industry. We believe that private property is the foundation of America. Private property and free markets go hand in hand—without property there is no freedom. We also believe that free markets, not government intervention, hold the key to natural resource conservation and environmental preservation. No government bureaucrat can (or will) understand and treat the land with as much respect as its owner. The bureaucrat simply does not have the same motives as does the owner of a capital interest in the property. Our specialty is the working livestock ranch simply because there are so many very good reasons for owning such a property. We provide educational, management and consulting services with a focus on ecologically and financially sustainable land management that will enhance natural processes (water and mineral cycles, energy flow and community dynamics) while enhancing profits and steadily building wealth.
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1 Response to Which Circle Are You In?

  1. Reblogged this on Flyover-Press.com and commented:

    Good advice. — jtl, 419

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