From Reactive to Proactive


What do most of us always do when it comes to facing life? We let people, circumstances take control of us and instead of acting actively we become reactive and react to the situation present in front of us. Mostly we live a reactive life, where in we react to a situation, instead of thinking for a moment and responding in a planned way we let the reaction take control of our action.

While writing your life story do not let someone else hold the pen for you, neither circumstances nor another individual, be proactive.


Stephen Covey, author “The seven habits of highly effective people” puts it very nicely when he says that, “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.” Mostly people who are proactive in life are often successful because they don’t let outer circumstances create their life. They create their own life and that is what even you need to do – “Create Your life”.

Without a point of doubt being proactive in life is one thing that we all need to live a successful life. You need to take charge of your life, create a plan and act upon it. People who lack the pro-activity habit tend to be more reactive, seeing themselves as victims of circumstance, unable to change their reactions, thus feeling much less empowered.

“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.” – Barack Obama

Plan things in advance, take time to write down certain things, such as your goals, your plans and other important items, this can change the way you think and act. And as Confucius says, “Better light a candle than curse the darkness.” Be proactive and don’t let outside world dominate your life.



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