What is the difference between reactive and proactive people? First, let’s discuss what proactivity is. According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, proactive means acting in anticipation of future problems, needs or changes. However, proactivity is more than just taking initiative. It’s about being responsible and taking control of your life and your responses to the events that occur. Most people are reactive, meaning that their attitude and performance changes according to the environment and the things that happen to them. For example, if the weather is bad or if someone doesn’t treat them well, it can affect a reactive person’s attitude. On the other hand, as proactive people, it would not impact their performance. Why? Because proactive people are value driven and they are able to choose and obtain control over their responses.
Proactive vs Reactive People
|Wait for opportunities to happen||Create their own opportunities|
|Wait for problems to appear before dealing with them||Plans ahead for anticipated problems|
|Reacts to events||Chooses their response to events|
|Their behavior is driven by feeling and external stimuli||Their behavior is driven by internal values|
|Blames the environment and condition for their behavior||Does not blame anything; their behavior is due to their own choice|
|Their language: If only, I must do this, There’s nothing I can do about it||Their Language: I can choose my response/feelings, I prefer, I will, I am in control|