customers, but she’s unhappy about its slow growth. She brought this issue to a roundtable meeting: What could she do to be more proactive, to grow her company more aggressively? When we encounter a problem, some individuals say “Someone should do something”. But an exceptional few say “I’ll find a solution”. There are two kinds of people in the world: cause people and effect people. It’s the difference between being proactive and reactive.
Every effect has a cause. You can either cause things to happen, or you can react afterwards. Most people sit in the boat and let the current control their path and ultimate destination. They’ve allowed circumstances to dictate what will happen in their lives.
How many choices have they let slip by? It’s no wonder so many people feel stuck.
George Bernard Shaw chides us, “The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.”
Inner Genius is proactive. It grows as you practice making decisions in your life, taking control of your “fate”.
Here are some questions to help develop your Inner Genius:In what areas do you find yourself most easily surging ahead?
- Are you confident that you can take the lead?
- Are you willing to work to overcome any obstacle?
- What do you do when inspiration opens new avenues and alternatives?
Tapping into your Inner Genius works. It’s finding areas where you’re confident and strong and expanding on them. Reactive people believe life happens to them, that they have no control over the outcome.
Being proactive means thinking in advance of whatever’s going on around you. It allows true freedom of thought, but it requires responsibility, effort, and a willingness to move.
Winston Churchill said, “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.”
You have a choice, who will write your history?