You Can Get More Accomplished When You Are Proactive!
Before you become proactive, be sure to pray about your situation you are dealing with. It is also wise to seek counsel from a close friend, pastor, or counselor. My pastor’s wife Sue Sauer had a saying that a person should not knee jerk the situation you are in. That is very good advice to take and apply to your life!
A great way to become proactive is to start off by listening to what Benjamin Franklin has said, “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” Also another way of saying it is that if you fly with the turkeys at night, how do you expect to fly with the eagles during the day? Get the rest you need, to have the energy to take action in your life. ~ Bill Greguska
Write Out A Proactive Plan!
A: Write out what you’d like to change. One of the best ways to decide how to make changes in your life is by grabbing a piece of paper and a pen. Quickly, without doing too much thinking, write the following things:
- What’s working well in your life right now? List some of your strengths so that you know what your positives are as you go through the change process.
- What do you dislike about yourself or your situation? Do you hate your job? Are you in an unhappy marriage? Write down the parts of your life that make you miserable.
- Pick the top 1 or 2 things you’d like to change. Quickly, without too much thinking, write down the steps that you can take to make changes. You’ll have more time to think later.
B: Read everything that you’ve written. You’ve just created a quick, personal plan for change. You can refine this plan then. For now, you’ve written some immediate, concrete steps.
C: Break up the steps into simple action items. For example, if you have decided that you hate your job and want to quit, figure out the steps that you need to take to get started.
- Transform general statements into something more active. For example, instead of writing something like finding my passion, pick something specific that you can do. Instead, write, contact my best friend or pastor. Or take an aptitude test.
- Turn big projects into small to-do items. For instance, instead of writing find a new job, break it down into steps like updating my resume, create a LinkedIn profile, research new companies or write a letter of resignation.
Be Proactive to What God Calls You to do!
I like to encourage people to realize that any action is a good action if it’s proactive and there is positive intent behind it. ~ Michael J. Fox
Proverbs 31: 20-21 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
Learn How To Actually Be Proactive?
A: Ask God to help you to determine what you think you can do within the next 48 hours. If you need to, take some time off of work or ask someone to watch your kids. Perform as many of these small how to take action steps as you can within the next 48 hours. Here are some examples:
- To make yourself more healthy: Throw out the junk food in your kitchen, join a gym (or find a regular walking partner), talk to people who will support you, get new exercise shoes
- If you have been thinking about moving for quite a while, and you have many good reasons to believe that it is necessary to go to a new place? Find a new location, make plans to get out (or intends to sell the old one), start throwing away unnecessary possessions, call your friends to tell them the news.
B: Stop waiting for the right time to get started. Tell yourself it doesn’t matter what time of the day, week, month, or year it is. Make the most of today and get started with your new life.
C: Don’t get bogged in thinking. At times, you should think long and hard about significant changes. Other times, too much thinking is not good because you end up procrastinating and never do what you’d like to do. If you’re unhappy with your situation and just making excuses, take the plunge. It might set you free.
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Cope With Changes
- Start with your desk, your bedroom, your bag, your digital distraction, or that pile of clutter. Begin in one corner, or with one shelf in a room, or tackle one pile of papers.
- Come up with solutions to keep the clutter from happening again. For example, decide to spend 20 minutes a day straightening your house or apartment.
B: Take good care of yourself. Taking good care of yourself is part of making any successful transition. It’s a way of saying to yourself, “I matter, and I’m taking the time to care for what is important.” It’s also a way to make yourself feel more confident in your new situation.
- Look great on the outside. Do you need a haircut or new clothes? Don’t spend a lot of money, but investing in looking good is an investment in yourself.
- Exercise and eat healthily. When you make a change, you may be tempted to eat bad stuff. Instead, attempt to commit to going for a 30-minute walk every day and eat foods that make you feel good.
- Go for some checkups. When did you last go to the dentist or have a physical? Your body may need some fine-tuning to be at its best in your new circumstances.
- Pray and read the Bible starting off at 5 minutes a day and increase over time.
- Start a prayer journal or a regular journal or a blog. Writing can help you to sort privately out your thoughts about your new situation while blogging can allow others to share the journey with you.
C: Find support. Ask your friends and family to help you during a time of transition. Join a support group or talk to a therapist if your changes make you feel anxious or depressed.
D: Have patience. Sure, you may have taken some significant steps to change your life, but getting used to the changes will take some time. Don’t slip back into your old ways just because you feel scared or uncertain. Give yourself 6-12 months to adjust to your new situation. After time has passed, if the change isn’t working, you can always choose to return to the old way.
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You have to think a little smarter, be proactive, not reactive. ~ Frank Abagnale
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.