Be proactive: the best resources we found online (7 habits of highly effective people)

The best way to predict your future is to create it – Abraham Lincoln

To be proactive is to take responsibility for your life. This habit is the foundation of all the other habits in the book “7 habits of highly effective people”. We spent some time scouring the internet to find some nuggets related to this particular habit.

  • A video by Dr. Stephen Covey himself in which he explains what exactly meant by Being Proactive  
  • Circle of Influence: It is an interesting take by Franklin Covey about how proactive people influence the circle which they have a control over. If one is proactive then they can take small steps and redefine the purpose of their existence in one role and take steps for the greater good.
  • Be Proactive Board: This Pinterest board  around being proactive. It has some interesting ideas for kids, teens, professionals to follow. You can check it out for sure and if possible share and save some.
  • 7 Habits App: Since this is the first habit which lays the foundation for the wonderful habit, having this app will assure that you are proactive and not just reactive. So, download it now!

How to practice being proactive?

I found that I could develop my sense of proactivity by tuning in with my daily frustrations. The more I’d realize what doesn’t work around me, the more inclined I’d be to want to fix it if possible.

  1. Pay attention to what frustrates you in your day life and find a way to solve it if possible. By fixing the small issues of every day, we will start taking responsibility.

  2. Another way to start is to spend 5 minutes at night reflecting on your day and identify these frustrations and consider a potential solution. The next day, you try to actually apply what you came up with.

Comments
  • mark says:

    Being reactive is like an addiction. I need to fight to become proactive each day. One day at a time.

  • Ted Olson says:

    In todays day and age I think being Proactive is about controlling your habits. We know that humans are habitual, so if you want to solve the frustrations in life you need to decide what the problem habits are and form new ones. a good book to start with is The Compound effect, by Darren Hardy. This book not only helps you to discover the rules of habits, but most importantly how to create empowering habits that will adjust the course of your life.

  • Arun Dongrey says:

    Dear Daraksha,
    This is a conglomerate of all the 7 habits that is necessary. Supposing someone asks you to name the most important part of your meal, bread, rice, pulses or salads ? And further requests you to put sugar, salt, peppers and other substances naming the most important, what will be your answer ?

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