Be Proactive


Here's the truth: we're all not heavy book readers, but we do make exceptions for the classics. One such book is 'The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People' by Stephen Covey.

It delivers self-improvement gems for higher productivity. Here's what Stephen Covey says we should be doing.

Be Proactive

Productivity requires action. The first lesson of the book teaches us to be proactive. It’s natural for proactive people to become leaders. After years of participating in life, they become great problem solvers. They tend not to wait for instruction. This initiative makes it easier for them to go after what they want in life. 

Book Quote: "Make small commitments and keep them. Be a light, not a judge. Be a model, not a critic. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.''

Proactive people know they are not perfect; they are ready to upgrade themselves to better influence their situation. They focus on changing their behavior to change their environment. By focusing only on what is within control, proactive people can be positive, motivated and passionate.

Most of us admire proactive people. If you want to be more like them, practice being proactive daily:

  1. Trust your ability to solve your problems. If you have personal issues, depend on yourself and create a solution. You are in charge of your life and success.
  2. You need preparation to achieve your goals. Reflect on your habits and results. List actionable steps to get to your goals.
  3. Be prepared to upgrade your skills. You will need to have skills and strong opinions to take action toward success. Good planning, communication and time management are essential to making your dream happen.

If you loved this blog post, you can't go wrong with a copy of Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.