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Habit 1: Be Proactive

Principles of Effectiveness

Responsibility, choice, accountability, initiative, and resourcefulness.

What It Means...

Proactivity means that, as human beings, we are responsible for our own lives. Our behavior is a function of our own conscious choice, based on principles, rather than a product of our conditions, based on feelings. We can subordinate feelings to principles. We have the initiative and the responsibility to make things happen.


"This is just the way things are and there’s not much I can do
about it."

Highly Effective

"I am free to choose and am ultimately responsible for my happiness."

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Pause and respond based on principles and desired results.

Use proactive language.

Focus on your Circle of Influence.

Become a Transition Person.