Inner Growth Word of the Day: Proactive
Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (adj.) 1. relating to, caused by, or being interference between previous learning and the recall or performance of later learning. 2. acting in anticipation of future problems, needs, or changes.
Proactive in a sentence: Being proactive happens following the occurrence of a situation or before the situation takes place; in both circumstances with the aim of leading that situation to take place in a preferred manner moving forward or before it happens.
Proactive in action: Taking action to change or modify things according to one’s own ideas and wishes of where those things should go or being active in taking steps to lead something to take place in the way one wants and envisions is being proactive.
Proactive and inner growth: Exploring your proactive or lack of proactive behavior and actions leads you to understand the root reason for your proactivity. This is important from the aspect of a sense of or need of control, as well as taking responsibility for choices and life direction. You can dive into these aspects by taking a look at your proactive or not proactive nature and in doing so pursue inner growth for yourself through awareness and acceptance of you or changes that will bring you where you want to be.
Proactive and inner growth action steps:
- In-depth self-exploration questions: How do I feel about being proactive? When am I proactive and when am I not proactive? Why am I proactive or the opposite? Do I judge others for being or not being proactive? If so, how and why? Do I apply the same judgement to myself when I’m being or not being proactive? Do I use excuses for why I am or not proactive in certain circumstances? What have I learned about life thanks to being proactive? What have I learned in the absence of proactive choices and actions?
- List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with proactive at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. From that list pick three words that make you think of one situation where you were proactive and another three words that make you think of a situation where you weren’t proactive. Now write out both situations and notice if there’s anything that leads you to understand why you were proactive in one scenario, but not the other.
- Bring your awareness to your feelings about being proactive and let that initial feeling take over your body. Silence your mind and refocus on what you’re feeling when thoughts try to get through. Do this for about three to five minutes and then let your thoughts come into play, but focus on the first thought that comes by and allow that feeling and that thought to express itself fully before moving on to the next thought and feeling.
Your turn – Share your proactive sentence, life examples, and inner growth action steps; and let me know if you’d like to see something added to our Inner Growth Word of The Day explorations 🙂