On Being Reactive Versus Proactive
Do you feel like you are just spinning your wheels in your business? Let’s take a look at the impact of being reactive vs proactive and discover a way to get back on track.
Impact of Being in Reactive Mode
Oxford Dictionary sums it up really well: “Being reactive is acting in response to a situation rather than creating or controlling it.”
We put things aside to do later, and then later never comes. Other things crowd in and first thing we know, we are not achieving much of anything but just busy work and our business development has completely stalled. We fill our days responding to emails and social media and watching the videos because we think we are missing something important and eventually we begin to feel we have no control over our work or life. We are just reacting to whatever is out there. Sound familiar? Most of us have been there many times.
Moving into Proactive Mode
How can we reverse this state of affairs? How can we get back to that creative place where we are working on the things that really matter? We must sharpen our vision!
First – close your office door (or if you don’t have one, find a quiet place where there are no interruptions or distractions) and take some reflective time. I know, I hear you saying “I’m too busy to take this time”. And I reply, “If you want a change you have to choose it.”
Now, do some thinking and writing about what you truly want in your life. Create a new Life Vision. Include the following topics in your own words and add anything else that is important to you:
Money & Tangibles
Then, reflect on your values. What qualities are most important to you? Click here for a Values Exercise. Are these values reflected in your Life Vision? .
Summarize your Life Vision and pay particular attention to what you wrote under Career/Business. This is deciding the future you intend to create.
And finally – Look at your current business situation and decide on one or two actions to take to help you get back on track with this vision. Notice how you are feeling, now that you have a renewed vision and know that this is Personal Mastery!
Right Now – Take action while that feeling is still there. Then notice the result you have created!
Mindset Monday Challenge
Consider what percentage of your time is spent in reactive versus proactive mode. Is this serving you well? If not, take action to move into Personal Mastery.
This Mindset Monday post is presented by LowellAnn Fuglsang, Business and Career Coach, especially for solopreneurs.
In my workstyle-lifestyle coaching work I love helping solopreneurs find direction, stay motivated and build systems that both support and promote their business. One support that I like to emphasize for them is the Google experience. Two great places to begin are my Weekly Being Your Own CEO Success Circle and The Portable Business Coach (a tool that will tell you where you need to put more time and energy)
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