Habit 1 - Be Proactive - The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People



According to Dr. Covey, being proactive is taking responsibility for your life. Your life is carefully designed by you. Life does not just happen, the choices in your life are made by you. You choose success. You choose failure. You choose courage or fear. Every situation, provides a new choice. 

The good news is, choice gives us the perfect opportunity to do things differently to produce more positive results.

In order to be effective, one must be proactive.

Proactive people recognize that they are "response-able." They don't blame genetics, circumstances, conditions, or conditioning for their behavior

Reactive people take a passive stance -- they believe that the world is happening to them. They say things like:

"There's nothing I can do."

 "It is because of him or her."

“Bad things always happen to me”

They think the problem is "out there" -- but that thought is the problem. Reactivity becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, and reactive people feel increasingly victimized and out of control.

It is our willing permission, our consent to what happens to us, that hurts us far more than what happened to us in the first place." -Stephen Covey



Proactive people focus their efforts on their Circle of Influence. They work on the things they can do something about: health, children, problems at work.

Reactive people focus their efforts in the Circle of Concern--things over which they have little or no control: the national debt, terrorism, the weather. 

Gaining an awareness of the areas in which we expend our energies in is a giant step in becoming proactive.

The positive energy we exert, will cause our Circle of Influence to expand.

Reactive people, on the other hand, focus on things that are in their Circle of Concern but not in their Circle of Influence, which leads to blaming external factors, emanating negative energy, and causing their Circle of Influence to shrink.

Practice Success Habit 1:

Challenge yourself to test the principle of proactivity by doing the following:


 Start replacing reactive language with proactive language.


Reactive = "The economy is killing my business."
Proactive = "Even in a down economy, I will grow my business."

Remember; Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.

Take Care,



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