In Stephen R. Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, he explains the two different kinds of people: proactive and reactive people.
Reactive people are those whose environment (physical/social), feelings (emotions), conditions, and circumstances empower their actions.
Proactive people are value-based, and they are aware that their behavior is a product of their own choice. Even though outside conditions can still influence them, they make value-based choices. In essence they accept responsibility for their own life.
For example, many times reactive people render love a feeling, and thus their actions are made in response to that feeling. Proactive people make love a verb, rendering it something you do; it becomes a value that is shown through loving actions.
Mohandas Ghandi is probably one of the most well-known proactive people. Through his nonviolent philosophy he has inspired millions of people worldwide. Ghandi said, “be the change you wish…
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