The very first habit of the most effective people? Be Proactive.
The easiest way to understand how to be proactive? Break down the word “responsibility.”
Notice we have “response-ability.” The ability to CHOOSE your response.
Something happens. You don’t just react to it unconsciously. You, as a highly effective, proactive person, CHOOSE your optimal response.
ALL the great wisdom teachers and traditions echo this wisdom—which, of course, is why Covey made it his #1 Habit.
Here’s how Viktor Frankl puts it. He says that between a stimulus and your response there is a gap. Our freedom and our power and our effectiveness exists in that gap where we can CHOOSE our optimal response to any given stimulus.
Today’s +1. It’s time to work out your response-able muscles.
Make it a game. When you find yourself getting challenged by a less-than-awesome stimulus today—whether that’s a colleague or a spouse or a kid or a driver on the road—see if you can step into that gap and CHOOSE a better response.
Be Proactive. Be Response-able. Be Effective.
Moment to moment to moment.
+1. +1. +1.