Proactive is my word of the week

PrintI am joining in with the Word of the Week linky for the first time in months. It is one I really like as it is about language and life.

My Word of the Week is proactive.

“The adjective proactive can describe a person who get things done. If you are proactive, you make things happen, instead of waiting for them to happen to you.

Active means “doing something.” The prefix pro- means “before.” So if you are proactive, you are ready before something happens. The opposite is being reactive, or waiting for things to unfold before responding. Think about winter cold season. A proactive person washes his hands and takes vitamins; a reactive person gets sick and takes cold medicine.”

Looking back, a lot of the so called impressive things I have done have come about through somebody else suggesting them or showing me the way. A teacher said I had an outside chance of getting into Oxbridge so I applied. My Dad told me perhaps I could help a charity so I visited one and ended up doing 20 years in that field. My blogging achievements certainly come from people believing me and inviting me to get involved in things.

I want to be more proactive because I know it works. My life has changed so much since starting Groovy Mums in late 2011 but there are other things I want to see happening for me. Groovy Mums was very much about taking proactive steps even if baby ones towards our dreams.

So this week, I was proactive. I did research, I learned new things and I reached out for help. This led to me discovering new opportunities and also to setting up Groovy Mums again albeit in a slightly different form. I am so looking forward to the journey ahead because when you get proactive, it is exciting and you can claim the results if things work out well.

Also this week, respect to Him Indoors who instead of handing a phone call straight to his manager, asked some pertinent questions and ended up with a new job as a result. Him Indoors is very much a plodder so this new streak pleases me a lot.

So there you have it – my word of the week is proactive and I for one intend it to become a way of life.

    6 thoughts on “Proactive is my word of the week”

    1. Great word to come back with, Kate! I do love being proactive, and it always gives me a real buzz as you do feel in control and good things normally come from it. Sounds like they are for both of you, which is fab 🙂 Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    2. Proactive is such a powerful word, being positive, taking control. It’s far too easy to just be reactive, I need to take a leaf out of your book and start being a bit more proactive too x #WotW

    3. I get a huge sense of achievement when I have been proactive. Sometimes thinking about all of the things that need to be done is a lot more time-consuming and anxiety-inducing than actually getting organised and DOING itself. Being proactive is a great antidote to procrastination… Nice post. Now, I must go and be proactive on this rainy bank holiday Monday!

    4. Just catching up with your blog and so pleased your other half has got another job. Truly understand how stressful and impacting him being out of employment again would have had on you as a family. So happy for you all. You really do deserve a break as a family.

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