Are You Proactive or Reactive?

You don’t want to be a constantly changing business and starting new things. Returning to square one at the first sign of trouble does not mean you are flexible and responding. It means you are reactive and lack a plan. You let circumstances dictate your behaviour rather than responding to your business plan.

Remember, it’s always about the plan! If you have a plan that’s been devised in five minutes, you will always be reactive, and you will fail.

But if you have a clear and precise plan and ensure you are always on the front foot and always proactive, and your business plan still hasn’t worked, you’ve still executed and learned from that.

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit” – Napoloeon Hill

You must know your metrics, numbers, and scoreboard to build a proactive environment.

  • What is working? 
  • What isn’t?
  • How do you know?
  • What evidence do you have?

It’s about brutal truth and making an honest assessment of whether what you are doing is in alignment with your plan.

If what you are doing right now seems to be going off track and you have thought and executed your plan, there’s always something achieved. There are valuable lessons in failure, as long as your plan accounts for this possibility and you know how to pick up the pieces and keep going with minimum adverse effects.

Only certain people can get through the short-term pain to gain long-term gain. It requires the ability to make – and stick to – the business plan.
With the proper planning, alignment and commitment, big business success is achievable by anybody.

It’s not about being superhuman, and it’s about having feet on the ground. Doing less will get you more.


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