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Play the Ball Before It Plays You

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By Elaine Guerrazzi | July 29, 2019

Reactive vs Proactive
Who are You?

There is nothing I can do….OR….I wonder what an alternative might be

They will not allow that….OR….I wonder what different approach I can take

I must do that….OR….I choose to do this

If only I could….OR…I will

Covey published The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People in 1989. This book continues to be a best seller along with several of his other publications.  Following 7 Habits in 2000 he published Living the 7 Habits: Applications and Insights.  Below is a table summarizing Covey’s principles.  Consider how you might apply his “habits” to move yourself from the reactive to the proactive approach to the opening scenarios.

Watch this 6 minute video to review Covey’s 7 Habits
CoveyMeaning
Be ProactiveTake Initiative
Begin with the End in MindConsider the Goal
Put First Things FirstPrioritize
Think Win/WinConsider Both Sides
Seek First to Understand, Then to Be UnderstoodCommunicate (Listen)
SynergizeCooperate/Collaborate
Sharpen the SawReflect

Summarizing the above when addressing the options in the opening scenarios Covey is saying “play the ball before it plays you”.   

Personal well-being can fit into both categories…
proactive and reactive.

Avoiding a healthy lifestyle focused on integrating wellness and lifelong learning does not consider the long-term goal (Covey’s 2nd principle).  We would all agree that daily exercise and a healthy diet has positive benefits for body, mind, and spirit.  The key is…are we proactive or reactive to achieve that goal? Personal well-being is an ongoing process which is dynamic and progressive.  Optimal well-being relies on your choices (proactive) rather than luck (reactive).

More examples of proactive approach to well-being include:

  • Drinking plenty of water help lubricate joints, boosts skin health, aids in accessibility of minerals and nutrients to the body.
  • Chiropractic adjustments aid in alignment of the spine for good posture, affects central nervous system, improves joint mobility, improves circulation.
  • Viewing wellness (body, mind, and spirit) as part of your planned self-care.

Review the wellness resource to apply Covey’s 7th principle (reflection) to determine if your personal well-being is on track.  Consider how you would respond to each question in the following ways:

  1. What is my status/condition?
  2. Is this factor important to me and if so, how does it fit into a priority list?
  3. How can I be more proactive to achieve my wellness goals?
Borrowing from goal setting strategies take the S.M.A.R.T. approach to design your plan.
SSpecificWhat is the desired result/outcome?
MMeasurableHow to quantify the outcome?
AAttainableWhat do I need to achieve the goal?
RRealistic Is the goal tangible?
TTimelyWhat is the timeframe for completion/reevaluation?

In 2004, Covey published The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness.  The 8th habit is “Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs.” Through my blog I hope to be a voice to inspire others.  I am providing a list of a few blogs I follow.  Each blog resonates with my purpose (integrating wellness, lifelong learning, and personal development).  I share this list as a resource to build a stronger knowledge base for all of us.

Blogs I follow:

Mission to Learn 
The author writes on living fully, well, and wisely

Thrive Global
On a mission to unlock human potential

The Well-Lived Life
Live a life you enjoy waking up to

Keep Inspiring Me
Inspiration served with a heavy dose of reality

Best Self
Think bigger and achieve more

Rory Feek
Living an extraordinary, ordinary life

“Look at the word responsibility—“response-ability”—the ability to choose your response. Highly proactive people recognize that responsibility. They do not blame circumstances, conditions, or conditioning for their behavior. Their behavior is a product of their own conscious choice, based on values, rather than a product of their conditions, based on feeling.”
~ Stephen Covey

Learning to be more proactive about your wellness along with active engagement in your overall well-being is an ongoing lifelong learning process – there are always actions to take.  Remember, being proactive in your lifelong wellness is a skill you can develop and train. 

Thanks for reading.


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