How to be Proactive

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Being proactive is a three step process which involves thinking, planning, and acting on your goals and what you want to achieve.

Step One: Think

  • Think about what it is you want to achieve. Proactive people do not wait for opportunities to come knocking on their doorstep–they actively search for them. Pay attention to what’s going on in your environment. Realise that it is better to act than to allow someone else to do it for you.
  • Self-reflect. Think about the kinds of things that do and don’t come your way. Why do some things keep cropping up while others never arrive? What is stopping you from advancing?
  • Face the music. Be aware of your current reality and how your responses have landed you where you are now. Stay positive and look at where you could improve. Learn to remove or reject any negativity that will come between you and your intended goal.
  • Think outside the box. Often, there is more than one way to get what you want–it is simply a matter of thinking laterally.

Step Two: Plan

  • Write down you goals. Making a record of things you want to achieve and regularly reviewing them will help you to stay on track.
  • Research. Know the details of what it is you plan to do in order to minimise mistakes and delays in achieving your goals.
  • Tackle tasks efficiently. Prioritise your tasks and break bigger tasks into smaller ones.

Step Three: Act

  • Develop a proactive response. Sometimes you cannot control a situation or the behaviour of a person or group of people; however, you can control how you choose to respond to it and how it will affect you. If a situation does not turn out as you intended, remember that you possess the self-awareness and freedom to choose to suffer or let go and move on.
  • Use your Networks. Develop and maintain contact with people who have experience in the things you want to achieve. They can help you keep sight of the end as well as make you aware of any obstacles you may come across.
  • Finish what you start: Aim to always finish what you start. Take steps to stay motivated and keep your end goal in sight. Tackle barriers to achievement as soon as they appear. Take your time, build a support network, and maintain a positive outlook.

These suggestions should help you get started in becoming a more proactive person. Develop a positive, proactive outlook on life and your efforts and hard work will generate personal and professional growth and success.

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