It’s Wednesday and the middle of the week is here. I am in Phoenix, AZ today, getting ready for the 2% Club Summit here tonight. As I was finishing up my prep work for this event late last night, I was thinking of this habit: getting ahead of the game or being proactive. Steven Covey talked about it in his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People so you might recognize it from that.
While I do not always practice those habits mentioned in that book, the one about being proactive seems to be something that would make you a leader. It would also be one that would make you highly effective, or, shall we say, successful.
So many people want to change the life they have, but seem to forget to make this one change to get life really moving in a direction that will change them. If you become the person who is proactive, you will be the person everyone is looking at to get things done when they can’t.
A person who gets ahead of the problems or ahead of what could be coming down the road, is a person who solves the problems before they become problems. While we can’t always do this because life is going to give us many obstacles and problems, if we start to think of how to solve them, we will be people who never let anything keep us down.
A proactive person is one who always believes there is a way to get it done. The problem is, we often only have this belief with selective things. There are things that I cannot see the possibility of but Gwynne can. That is why we are a couple. I used to hear the saying from successful couples “there were times one gave up, and times the other gave up; we were lucky it was not on the same day.”
If you really want to be proactive and become a real problem solver, then you need to get a partner who can match you with solving problems when you have given up on them.
So today I leave you with the habit of becoming a person who is proactive, someone who looks for the solution the second you see a problem coming.