The Proactive Model

Stephen Covey describes the difference between proactive and reactive people. Perhaps is easy for us to identify others as being proactive or reactive, but how about yourself? I thought Covey introduces the concept nicely by breaking down the word responsibility—which breaks down to “response-ability”. How do you choose to respond to scenarios? This is important because your response impacts your ability to succeed. In summary, Covey says:

“Proactive people are still influenced by external stimuli, whether physical, social, or psychological. But their response to the stimuli, conscious or unconscious, is a value-based choice or response.”

Value-based decisions resonate so well with me because I feel it’s the uncommon route for many. How wonderful the world would be if this type of decision-making process was at the core. It’s hard to stick to your values when the external stimuli is trying to influence you otherwise generally for someone else’s hidden agenda.

You do have the ability to choose your response, and this proactive response will get you ahead.


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