The adjective proactive can describe a person who gets things done. If you are proactive, you make things happen, instead of waiting for them to happen to you.
Active -“doing something.” The prefix pro– “before.” So if you are proactive, you are ready before something happens.
The opposite is being reactive, or waiting for things to unfold before responding. Think about winter cold season. A proactive person washes his hands and takes vitamins; a reactive person gets sick and takes cold medicine. – www.vocabulary.com
Practical steps to becoming a proactive person
If you want to be great or achieve any kind of success in life, then being proactive should be a keyword at the back of your mind. Taking responsibilities for yourself should be at the tip of your fingers. I hope these practical steps help you achieve that;
- Stop being reactive. This mostly happens when we are angry. You feel the sudden urge to say or do something spiteful, so the other person will feel the enormous hurt you are feeling at that moment. I suggest you take a deep breath and count slowly to ten. In most cases, by the time you reach…7, 8, 9, 10, you would have figured out a better way of communicating your hurt or dissatisfaction to the person. This way when you respond, you are in control as opposed to you reacting and being controlled by others.
Be proactive not reactive, for an apparently insignificant issue ignored today can spawn tomorrow’s catastrophe. ― Ken Poirot
- Change your vocabulary. Something happens with your brain when you make a statement instead of asking a question. Change from ”I cannot do this” or ”I cannot afford this” to ”How can I do this?” and ”How can I afford this?” Change from ”I will do this” or ”I wish to do this” to ”I must do this” and ”I am doing this”. You see the question keeps you on your toes, thinking of ways to tackling the issue at hand. It has been proven that with practice, you become an excellent solution-oriented person.
- Anticipation is key. Learn to take calculated risks based on the probabilities of events that can affect your life, don’t just sit around and remain lazy throughout the day and curse your external environment for your under-achievements.
- Be consistent as fuck. Whether in your relationships, business, family or whatever you are involved in, nothing beats consistency.
It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently. ― Anthony Robbins
- Mind your circle. I cannot even begin to stress how having the right people around you is important to becoming a proactive and ultimately a successful individual. Yes they must be just as driven as you are or more driven than you are or as driven as you hope to become. They must be people who take their works and dreams seriously but don’t take themselves seriously.
Surround yourself with people that reflect who you want to be and how you want to feel, energies are contagious. – Anonymous
- Be faster than everyone else. So there is a task to be done and volunteers are required. Normally your brain will immediately suggest the easy way out and tell you to stay back because of the unknown. I suggest you put yourself out there and give it a try at learning something new. (you should obviously do this wisely, as every task doesn’t have your name tagged on it. Know the difference between what you can attempt to do and learn from and what you will look ridiculously stupid trying to prove a point)
Living by this approach has made all the difference in my productivity level. If you think I missed something important which you practice and is helpful to your success level, please comment below and share to help someone out there. Good-luck!
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