Stephen Covey is the author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. An exceptional video review of his empowering book is here on YouTube.
In a nutshell, Covey reveals the differences between Reactive People and Proactive People in the following ways:
Reactive People: focus on the things that they cannot control. They find fault, complain, and place blame on others because to this type of personality it seems impossible that something could exist that they would not know about or understand.
Proactive People: realize that complaining doesn’t help. People with this type of personality choose to focus on what they CAN control – how can I improve myself, my product, my service, my situation?
Which one sounds like you? What’s your attitude and perspective?
Obviously, being proactive requires some hard-work and extra effort, causing most of us to choose to focus on the things we cannot control instead.
“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” -Theodore Roosevelt
The truth is this: change is never easy – but often necessary and always empowering when it is for the right reasons.
How to Make the Change from Reactive to Proactive
Perhaps first and foremost, you should have a clear understanding of the costs and benefits involved with the change/changes you are considering.
- Why will the proposed change help?
- Will your time and effort produce positive results?
- What is the risk that you may be eliminating something of proven value – something known to be effective?
- What other potential choices or options could be just as positive?
- Who are you making the change for?
- How do you plan to prepare yourself and others who will be affected?
The Seven Effective Habits Steve Covey Suggests:
- Be Proactive
- Begin with “The End” in Mind: What do you want to be remembered for? What do you have to say about yourself? Are you doing the things that allow you to be remembered for the right things?
- Put First Things FIRST: What are the most important things to you? What you say and what you actually do are usually not in alignment.
- Think Win-Win: For you to win does not mean another person has to lose.
- Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
- Synergize: “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. Look for opportunities to create synergy in your life and career.
- Invest in the Right Tools and Keep Them Sharp!
How Will You Choose to Empower Yourself?
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If you’re like most successful managers, you’re always looking for ways to empower yourself and your team.
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