Being proactive instead of reactive will help you be more successful. Merriam Webster defines proactive as controlling a situation by making things happen or by preparing for future problems. It’s certainly better to be in control of a situation and be prepared for future problems. So how do we be more proactive?

In Stephen Covey’s best-selling book The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective people, the first habit is being proactive. It’s having a can do attitude. Here are some of the things he said. “The proactive approach to a mistake is to acknowledge it instantly, correct and learn from it.” “People that end up with the good jobs are the proactive ones who are the solutions to problems, not problems themselves, they are the ones who seize the initiative to do whatever is necessary, consistent with correct principles, to get the job done.” “Everyone must be proactive and do all they can to help themselves to stay employed.” If you don’t keep your job, what have you got? In Tom Rath’s best-selling book Strength Finders 2.0, The second talent theme is activator. People strong in the activator theme make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They are often impatient. Proactive people act in advance of a future situation, rather than just reacting. It involves taking control and making things happen rather than just adjusting to a situation or waiting for something to happen. KFNX Talk Radio