Be Proactive: You're in Charge

Being proactive means taking control of your actions and reactions.  You're in charge of you, and nobody else can "make" you do something.  You make your own choices.  You choose to be happy or sad.  You choose to get upset about something or to not let something bother you. A PROactive person uses proactive language.  For example, you should use phrases like "I can", "I prefer", "I will" and "I get to." On the other hand, a REactive person says things like "I have to" or "If only" They think other people influence their choices and therefore they are not responsible for themselves.

HOW CAN YOU BE PROACTIVE IN YOUR LIFE?

  • Take responsibility for your actions. - if you make a bad choice, admit to it
  • Don't let other people influence you in a bad way. - if a friend is making a bad choice, don't follow their example
  • Use positive language. - try avoiding phrases like "I can't" or "I won't"
  • Make your own fun. - don't wait for other students to approach you on the playground, create a new game or join a new group

WHAT BOOKS CAN HELP ME LEARN MORE ABOUT BEING PROACTIVE?

  • The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
  • The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle
  • Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville
  • On My Honor by Marion Bauer
  • Someday a Tree by Eve Bunting
  • Salt in His Shoes, Michael Jordan: In Pursuit of a Dream by Deloris Jordan
  • The Real McCoy: The Life of an African American Inventor by Wendy Towle