Are You Proactive or Reactive?

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adjective: proactive; adjective: pro-active
  1. (of a person, policy, or action) creating or controlling a situation by causing something to happen rather than responding to it after it has happened. “be proactive in identifying and preventing potential problems”

(source: Google Dictionary)

Here’s a simple test: Does the weather affect your disposition? Do you feel differently on a cold, rainy day than you do on a bright sunny day? Does someone who is rude to you or provides bad service impact your attitude for the rest of the day? If so, then you are Reactive, you are reacting to the weather or that rude person, letting them control your feelings and emotions. A proactive person makes their own weather, they are not brought down by environmental factors or the actions of others…they carry their own sunshine. The choose to be happy and unaffected by the weaknesses of others. They choose to be Proactive.



Are you being Proactive about your health and fitness? Are you actively making choices to improve your wellness? If you find yourself saying “I can’t, I just don’t have the time” or “I would if it weren’t for _________” or “I have to do ___________ so I can’t workout” you’re being reactive. Everyone is on a level playing field…we all have the same 24 hours in a day, it’s how we choose to spend it that sets us apart from each other.


Listen to the words around you and associate them with Proactive and Reactive behaviors. Proactive people will be full of “I can” and I will”. Reactive language is filled with “I have to’s” and “I can’t” or “They made me…”. Change your language and change your attitude, take responsibility for your life – don’t let life just “happen” to you.


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