Habit 1 Be Proactive Principles Of Personal Vision Taking the Initiative

Author’s quotes:

“Our basic nature is to act, and not be acted upon. As well as enabling us to choose our response to particular circumstance, this empowers us to create circumstances.

Taking initiative does not mean being pushy, obnoxious, or aggressive. It does mean recognizing our responsibility to make things happen.

Many people wait for something to happen or someone to take care of them. But people who end up with the good jobs are the proactive ones who are solutions to problems, not problems themselves, who seize the initiative to do whatever is necessary, consistent with correct principles, to get the job done.

Holding people to the responsible course is not demeaning; it is affirming. Proactivity is part of human nature, and, although the proactive muscles may be dormant, they are there. By respecting the proactive nature of other people, we provide them with at least one clear, undistorted reflection from the social mirror.

Of course, the maturity level of the individual has to be taken into account. We can’t expect high creative cooperation from those who are deep into emotional dependence. But we can, at least, affirm their basic nature and create and atmosphere where people can seize opportunities solve problem in an increasingly self-reliant way.”

Personal comments:

Our local government (with a few exceptions) would rather argue than, “recognize their responsibility to make things happen”. Also, our local government is a “problem themselves”.

One local politician, when asked to fix a problem, responded, “relax Max; don’t get your underwear in a knot. This is fun”.

Obviously, proactivity is foreign to them, and I bet they can’t spell it either…..

Post for April 30
Habit 1 Be Proactive
Principles Of Personal Vision

Act Or Be Acted Upon

Author: maxbinkley

Creator of Leadership to the Max My experience in the military helped set the career path for me in human resources. After the military I worked for The Dow Chemical Company and left there in 1993 to venture out on my own. I purchased a small business, then a franchise then started another business in semi-retirement.

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