On Being Proactive

Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ introduces ‘Being Proactive’ as the first habit. A requirement to lead, succeed or a phrase that describes going ahead in life.

If ‘Being Proactive’ is all about an action, it is controlled by the word ‘How’. This ’How’ brings the behaviour of procrastination - hoping for a better time or an external support to make your path easier. A habit that you will never see in highly effective people. 

In any path that one chooses, there has to be a purpose. A purpose of what you ultimately want, either as a take home or a give back to society, which becomes your passion. It begins with a dream. What you envision for yourself. This is your start point!

Between your start point and the finish there is a path one takes. Along this path is the effort you put in, the known factors (within our control) those you are mentally ready to face and the unknown factors (beyond our control) that bring you to the crossroads; whether to continue or not. I personally would not want to use the word ‘give up’. Giving up is the easiest route and also the toughest as it kills the person ‘You’- the inner self.

I recently completed an expedition on my motor bike from Kanyakumari to Kashmir along with 4 of my friends. In the flag off from Hyderabad to our return we covered over 8600 kms. Covering this long distance was a race against time and the same also tested our endurance to the core. The ‘knowns’ were our itinerary, every day destination and the five of us. The ‘unknowns’ were the weather, bikes repairs or breakdowns, time of arrival to the destination, road conditions, traffic, driving or riding abilities of other motorists, health, etc.

‘Being Proactive’ is all about an action, it is controlled by the word ‘How’. This ’How’ brings the behaviour of procrastination - hoping for a better time or an external support to make your path easier. A habit that you will never see in highly effective people.