In order to get ahead in life, it is better to be proactive rather than reactive. If you are being proactive, you are able to prepare for any potential problems and eventualities. Those that are reactive tend to lack planning and forethought, while also having a difficult dealing with unforeseen problems. To be more proactive, it’s best to think of the long-term consequences of your actions. Some other ways to be proactive include, but are not limited to, listening to others, being open-minded, and becoming more organized.
- When one is mainly reactive, one acts based on what has already occurred. A proactive stance involves anticipating events before they occur.
- Proactive actions have the benefit of solving impending crisis before they actually come to a head.
- To become more proactive in your life it becomes by default a necessary adjunct that you develop the capacity for more long-term strategizing.
“Being a proactive leader must be your only choice in leadership if your ambitions are to advance your career forward in business.”