The power of pro-activeness

When I meet students for the first time in my class, I tell them about my teaching philosophy which is based on the fact that we don’t really know what we are capable of because we underestimate our ability. I go further to add that all of us can achieve greatness in learning and other areas of life if we are aware of our inherent God given potential. Not only that, all of us irrespective of our race, colour, religion or creed are born equal; everyone has something to contribute and offer. Then after speaking about my teaching philosophy, I usually explain to them that pro-activeness is an essential quality of effective people. Proactive people don’t wait to be told to do the right thing before they do it, they just go ahead to do it. They will not wait until a day or two before the deadline to submit an important application. They will not wait until it is a week or two before writing a test before they start preparing. They know what they want, how to get what they want and they don’t waste time getting what they want because they are accomplishment-oriented.  They are not reactive. They figure out what could go wrong and try their best to prevent it. Stephen R. Covey who referred to pro-activeness as the number one habit of highly effective people explained in his best selling book how pro-activeness could assist one to get a better job by showing more initiative. He writes in his book “Many people wait for something to happen or someone to take care of them. But people who end up with good jobs are the proactive ones who are solutions to problems, not problems themselves, who seize the initiatives to do whatever is necessary, consistent with correct principles, to get the job done.” This week determine to be an initiator. Always get the ball rolling; when you see a need, learn to quickly take action.

“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.” Henry David Thoreau