Questions About Covey's Circle of Concern and Circle of Influence (Habit 1)

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Questions About Covey's Circle of Concern and Circle of Influence (Habit 1)

"Because of position, wealth, role, or relationships, there are some circumstances in which a person's Circle of Influence is larger than his or her Circle of Concern. This situation reflects on a self-inflicted emotional myopia -- another reactive selfish life-style focused in the Circle of Concern. Though they may have to prioritize the use of their influence, proactive people have a Circle of Concern that is at least as big as their Circle of Influence, accepting the responsibility to use their influence effectively."
This is a phrase copied from the book "The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People". After reading this, I have 2 questions:
1. Why does the author say that if a person Circle of Influence is larger than his or her Circle of Concern, then he or she is showing a self-inflicted emotional myopia -- another reactive selfish life-style focused in the Circle of Concern? I only can figure out why selfish.
2. In this phrase, the author mentions that proactive people accept the responsibility to use their influence effectively. The definition of a proactive person is a person who has the ability to take action before a response becomes necessary. In this definition I see no promise of using his or her influence effectively.
Notice how Stephen Covey expresses these words. It isn't a hypothesis for him but a fact. Thanks beforehand for your ideas...

  Gary Wong
Consultant, Canada
 

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