How To Be Proactive: Habit 1

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how to be proactive

I'm a gal that's pretty obsessed with productivity.

With that being said, I love reading books like "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People".  I'm particularly in love with this book because it challenges my line of thinking. This is the 1st of 7 posts on the "7 Habits" that I hope will inspire and challenge you.

How to be Proactive {Habit 1}

My summary on "Lean In" and how to balance your career and personal life was popular so I hope you guys enjoy this as well! 

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Albert Einstein said, "The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.

1. Recognize your responsibility and seize it

This requires that you do not blame any circumstances, conditions, or conditioning for your behavior. You should be able to say "I am responsible" and "I am". 

"I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday. "

2. Realize that you don't "have to" do anything 

Saying things like "I can't" and "I have to" cause you to restrict yourself from the very start. There is always a solution, the hard part is is taking the initiative to think of one. 

3. Work on the things you can do something about 

Start by saying "I can".  Those who rely on their feelings/ emotions focus on things that can be blamed such as attitudes, feelings of victimization, etc. To be proactive, work on yourself instead of worrying about the conditions that are seemingly blocking you.

"I can be more resourceful, creative, driven, etc" 

4. Treat your mistakes with value 

Acknowledge them instantly, correct them, and learn from them. 

"Success is on the far side of failure" - T.J. Watson 

5. Keep Your Commitments 

The foundation of successfully becoming "effective" involves keeping commitments to yourself. Through this method instead of judging and critizing --> you can be a model and source of inspiration.

How has being proactive paid off in your life? As always feel free to comment or ask me questions at

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  1. This is one of my absolute favorite books! I have read the first two chapters over and again! So Good! Enjoy!

    1. Ahhh, I am so excited to keep reading it. I can tell this book's a treasure, thank you!

  2. This is a great list for someone heading into a new semester of grad school :) I've heard great thing about that series!

  3. Saying "I can't" is definitely a struggle of mine and it's because I just don't want to put the effort. Great list to remind me to go forward!

    1. Yes, it's definitely so much easier to say I can't. It's so wonderful to know that YOU CAN! Thank you for reading!

  4. This is so awesome! I've read the one for teenagers, but I haven't read this version! A MUST read.Thanks for the post! God Bless you! - Jenny

    1. I've heard about the teenage version. I'm so excited to keep reading, thank you!

  5. I had to read this book for one of my classes last semester and I fell in love with it! such a great book!


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