Advantages of Being Proactive?

Being proactive has actually been found as a unique aspect of personality, according to research published in the Journal of Human Performance. When people are proactive, they take initiative to influence their environments and embrace personal agency. They are curious, confident and seek positive control. They make changes, take action and avoid passive acceptance of their circumstances, according to the Journal of Vocational Behavior.

It can be helpful to understand what proactive personality is not. According to Thomas Bateman, being proactive is not the same as just being busy or productive, nor is it focused on taking risks. Of course, these can be characteristics of taking action, but being proactive isn’t just being busy, adventurous or audacious—it is being reflective, discerning and strategic about the action you take.

Are you proactive or reactive?

Being Proactive vs. Being Reactive

As opposed to being proactive, being reactive means just waiting for things to happen to you. Specifically, circumstances dictate your actions instead of your actions dictating the circumstances. 

According to research on the difference between being proactive and reactive, a proactive person uses “initiative and action”, while reactive people “behave as simple witnesses of their lives.”

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Brower, T., PhD. (2023, 20 August). The Power of being Proactive: 5 Ways to Develop this Surprising skill. Forbes.