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13 Ways To Be More Proactive In Life (+ Examples)


Proactive (adj): taking action by causing change and not only reacting to change when it happens.

We’re often told that being proactive is the best approach to life.

That we should take the bull by the horns and in that way rise above mediocrity to a new level of success, both in our career and in our personal life.

If you’ve ever read Stephen Covey’s influential bestseller 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, you’ll know that the first ‘habit’ is Be Proactive, Not Reactive.

It’s interesting that the concept of proactivity has given rise to another buzzword of our age: empowerment.

This makes complete sense because it’s impossible to feel empowered if you’re merely reacting to events.

You need to be firmly in the driving seat to be sure that you have the power to influence your life.

As Steve Backley, author of The Champion in all of Us: 12 Rules for Success, wrote:

“There are three types of people in this world. Firstly, there are people who make things happen. Then there are people who watch things happen. Lastly, there are people who ask what happened? Which do you want to be?”

Clearly, it’s the first kind of person who displays proactive behavior.

And the very fact that you’ve clicked on this article indicates that you’re keen to learn more about this potentially life-changing quality.

You’d like to be someone who makes things happen.

And why not? Being proactive is undoubtedly an attractive quality to have.

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