August 2nd, 2012
Honors Language Arts
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
Habit 1: Be Proactive
In habit one, Sean Covey talks about how there are two types of people in this world; those who are proactive and those who a reactive. There are people who choose to take the harder route and take responsibility for their personal actions, and those who tend to take the easy route and blame others for their mistakes. “I am the force. I am the captain of my life. I can choose my attitude. I’m responsible for my own happiness or unhappiness. I am in the driver’s seat of my destiny, not just a passenger.” This is the main source to becoming a proactive person. Until you take charge of your own life nothing can become possible. Reactive people make decisions based on what sounds like a good idea at the time, proactive people take a minute to think about how they react to different situations because they know they are in control what they do about things but not what happens to them. Reactive language is far different than proactive language; reactive language is words such as “I can’t” or “It’s just the way I was born” it is a negative output on life and won’t get you anywhere with that kind of perspective. Proactive language is words like “I will find a way” or “I will keep trying” where no matter what you can’t be discouraged by the outcome of whatever may happen. To become proactive you need to focus on the things you can control instead of the things you can’t such as rude comments or if it’s raining outside and you don’t want your hair to get wet. Your life will be overcome with so much anger of petty little things that you have no control over and become less focused on what really matters which are the things you can control. Being proactive is more than taking initiative. It is taking accountability for your own behavior and making choices based on values and morals instead of on moods or unpleasant situations. Proactive people are the...