Proactive People Essay

Submitted By Chantayj2008
Words: 476
Pages: 2

Proactive is defined as being anticipatory; acting in advance to deal with a specific difficulty. Being proactive means much more than just being prepared. One has to be responsible, take initiative, and not be affected by outer distractions. First, a person must have responsibility in order to be proactive. One can’t blame negative circumstances or conditions on another. Behavior and decisions must be made with conscious choice and values rather than just feelings and condition. One example of a reactive statement is; There is nothing I can do. The proactive statement of the same feeling would be; Let's look at our alternatives. The difference of proactive and reactive is just the way one looks at things. Instead of being close-minded, one has to be optimistic and try to solve problems rather than just settling for second best. From this habit it says that as human beings we are responsible for our own lives. Our behavior is a function of our decisions, not our conditions. Part of our self-awareness is understanding our Circle of Concern, our range of concern which we have no mental or emotional involvement. A Circle of Influence is inside the Circle of Concern reflecting the things over which we have control. Self determination, choice, and the power is response to stimulus, conditions and circumstances. Proactive people focus efforts in the Circle of Influence to work on the things they can do something about. Then you have the reactive people who focus on the Circle of Concern, the weakness of people, the problems in the environment and things they have no control over. I really like what is said in the book “We are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of those actions”. I think it is very true no matter what or how you think. Working on…