Proactive behavior involves acting in advance of a future situation, rather than just reacting. It means taking control and making things happen rather than just adjusting to a situation or waiting for something to happen. Proactive employees generally do not need to be asked to act, nor do they require detailed instructions.
Proactive behavior can be contrasted with other work-related behaviors, such as proficiency, i.e. the fulfillment of predictable requirements of one’s job, or adaptability, the successful coping with and support of change initiated by others in the organization. In regard to the latter, whereas adaptability is about responding to change, proactivity is about initiating change.
Developing traits to become proactive means changing life for the betterment.
Some many people want to improve their lives, they want to live happier, or find a way to make just do it PINK their lives more fulfilling, yet the biggest challenge people face is getting started. Reading about self-improvement, or learning about the tools required to live a better life means nothing if you fail to act! One of the greatest causes for failure when it comes to personal development is simply a failure to ACT.
Listed here are a few reasons to act, they are posted to help you realise that the time is NOW, not tomorrow, not next week, and not after you have accomplished something else! So take a moment to read them and then move forward on your journey!
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8 Reasons You Need To Act NOW!
There is no change without action
Sure, reading about personal development or positive living can make you feel good at the time, but without action the knowledge itself is somewhat useless and it will never lead you to a better way of life. You can read self-help material until the cows come home, but without actually helping yourself you are always going to be in the same place. It may take on different forms as those around you change and act, but your situation will be the same unless you act to change it.
There is no one that can do it for you
The harsh reality of life is that unless you make the choice to change you never will. No one, and nothing, can do it for you. If you want a better life it is you that has to create it. Period.
Lessons are best learned through actions
When you make mistakes you learn lessons, every time. Through actions you will learn what works and what doesn’t, you will also learn about yourself in a way that you never would if you didn’t take action. There is no better way to learn that by doing.
It makes you feel good
Our self-esteem can have a huge impact on whether we take action towards our goals, but the best way to combat this issue is through action. It is somewhat of a double-edged sword in the sense that when you don’t act you feel bad, but you feel too bad to take action. Still, it is more likely that you will regret not doing something to change the situation. Taking action towards your goals, whatever they are, makes you feel good. It raises your self-esteem and it encourages you to move forward. It will make you happier overall and increase your confidence in a way that nothing else can measure up to.
Every small step counts
Every small step you take brings you closer to your ultimate goal. If you make an effort to complete one action each day, even a tiny one, you are that much closer to accomplishing your bigger goal than you were yesterday. It is important that we keep moving forward when we begin to act or we end up standing still in a place that is no better off than the one you started from. Reward yourself for each small success as a way to encourage the forward momentum.
If not now, when?
This is a question you hear asked often when it comes to personal development, and when you truly take time to consider it in-depth it is a very important question that you should be asking yourself every single day. If we wait for the ‘perfect’ time, a better time, later, we will be waiting forever. The truth is; if you keep waiting you are going to run out of time. Take a close look at what it is you are waiting for and find a way around it. Act now, or risk missing your chance. When I find myself putting things off I stop and ask myself this simple question, it is usually enough to get me motivated.
It is about the journey
Just as discussed above, every small step counts, that is because the process of personal development is more about the journey than it is the result. The ‘end’ of your journey to a happier more fulfilling life is something that can not be expressed. In fact, an ‘end’ doesn’t really exist because living a happier life is a long-term commitment that requires regular maintenance and consistent actions on your part. Your ultimate goal will change as you do, and that is why you should be focused on the journey itself rather than the finish line.
One action leads to another
Again, referring back to the thought above ‘each small step leads to another’, each action you choose will lead to another action, that will lead to another. You may look back a year from now and find that you are nowhere near where you originally planned to be, but your actions will take you in the direction you need to go by presenting you with opportunities and choices. These choices will lead to others and your journey will be moulded to suit your personal needs, they will also constantly change as required in order to challenge you and help you grow as a person. It may sound lame, but it is the truth, the hardest part of any journey is getting started, once you get past that doors will open for you.