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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Proactive vs reactive

From Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People calendar for 2006:
The word proactive means more than merely taking initiative. It means as human beings, we are responsible for our own lives. Our behavior is a function of our decisions, not our conditions. We can subordinate feelings to values. We have the initiative and the responsibility to make things happen.

Reactive people are often affected by their physical environment. If the weather is good, they feel good. If it isn't it often affects their attitude and their performance. Proactive people can carry their own weather with them. Whether it rains or shines makes no difference to them. They are value driven, and if their value is to produce good quality work, it isn't a function of whether the weather is conducive to it or not.

Looking back over some recent posts, I can see that I have reactive moments but I think I am more proactive than reactive.

What about you?

What do you see yourself as: proactive or reactive?




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