Our basic nature
is to act and not be acted upon. This enables us to choose our response to particular
circumstances and thus empowering us to create circumstances.
Taking initiative does not mean being pushy, obnoxious or aggressive. It does mean recognising
our responsibility to make sure things happen.
However, people who end up with good jobs are the proactive ones who are solutions to problems,
not problems themselves, who seize the initiative to do what is necessary, consistent with correct
principles, to get the job done.
Holding people to the responsible
Holding people to the responsible course is not demeaning it is affirming. Proactivity is part of
human nature, although the proactive muscles may be dormant, they are there. By respecting
the proactive nature of other people, we provide them with at least one clear, undistorted reflection from the social mirror.
the maturity level of the individual has to be taken into account. We can’t expect high creative cooperation from those who are deep into emotional dependence. But we can, at least affirm their basic nature and create an atmosphere where people can seize opportunities and solve problems in an increasingly self-reliant way.