Reactive vs proactive: which one are you?
Reaction vs prevention:
Reactive means reacting to problems when they occur instead of doing something to prevent them. Proactive means getting things done, making things happen instead of waiting for them to happen to you, taking an active role in dealing with something before it needs to be taken care of. When we are reactive to circumstances, we are controlled by them. When we are proactive to circumstances, we are, instead, in control of ourselves.
When we are reactive people, we have feelings which depend on the results of external events or processes that we have no control over — they are completely outside our sphere of influence, yet they can control our lives. Reactive people usually have little control over their emotions. Instead, their emotions are dictated by someone else or something else. It’s really not a healthy way to live. Reactive people make statements such as: “If they would treat me better, I would be happy,” “They made me so mad, that is why I acted the way I did,” “I wish I had more time.” Or they think that, because it’s cloudy and rainy, it is a miserable day. Truth is — we are all guilty of being reactive from time to time, without even knowing it.
We should start being more proactive in our lives — means, setting goals, dealing with our health before it breaks down. It’s learning we are in control of our emotions, what we think about, how we deal with issues. It’s choosing not to be controlled by external circumstances. But it is always our choice.
Which one do you choose: reactive or proactive?
Just a thought,
Published on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 9:56 AM CDT
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