Being proactive

Are you more proactive or reactive? All being well, this post will help you to think more about the two and how we can effectively implement proactivity into our lives.

A nice quote I found from Stephen Covey is:

‘“If you’re proactive, you don’t have to wait for circumstances or other people to create perspective expanding experiences. You can consciously create your own.’

I like this because it feels empowering. By taking initiative and reaching out to people to make things happen it’s reassuringly straightforward to create a ‘win-win’ situation where both parties can benefit for a higher cause or purpose.

So how about reactions. Are there any positives we can draw from this response mechanism?

The first definition for reaction I found is below:

‘something done, felt, or thought in response to a situation or event’

So unbeknown to my first impression, it turns out that reactions can be a multitude of things!

If we can better manage all three ways of reacting then we will undoubtedly enjoy better results. By working to channel some of the (sometimes) painful energies associated with a felt reaction into the thoughts and especially the ‘something done’ part we can soon make faster and more effective progress with whatever it is we want to achieve.