Proactivity is the act of creating or controlling a situation by causing something to happen rather than responding to it after it has happened, which is reactivity. Reactivity may seem to be the simpler option in the short run but proactivity has long-lasting benefits.
A proactive mindset chooses to look for solutions rather than focusing on problems. Ask yourself proactive questions when faced with challenges so that you can discover the root of the issues you are facing – questions that seek understanding. Have a clear end goal in mind so that you are strategic with your questions and discovery process. Knowing the root of the problems will help you find solutions that will last. You’ll get the right answers you need, after asking the right questions.
Proactivity may require that you move on when the curtains have closed. Is there a situation that you are clinging on to and yet you’ve tried all you can to revive it? It could be a business, job, relationship or any other situation you are facing. Perhaps, the best thing you could do is move on and forwards? The unknown may be scary but staying in the same situation may damage more in the long run.
Other times, proactivity will require you to reach out to others and step out of your comfort zone through networking. If you want different results for your life outside your own little bubble, you need to make yourself available to meet other people. Encourage people to talk to you. Let your body language communicate positively too, for example saying hello with a smile is a good way to make someone feel like you would like to talk to them. On a side note, if you find yourself dating the same kind of people and having the same problems, perhaps it’s time to reach out to a different kind of person who will most likely come from new networking opportunities. Go out of your little corner and try out new things, new spaces and new people.
In addition, you will need to be bold and confident as you seek out solutions. Endeavour to leave your insecurities behind and step into the new opportunities you seek.
Proactivity is the lifeblood of an actively happy person. You are responsible for your happiness. Take charge of your life.
Have a beautiful week ahead.
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