Leadership Management
Keep proactive pressure on yourself
December 9, 2012
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Do you think others are waiting to create destiny for you?
Do you think that situations and circumstances of life could change automatically without your active efforts?
Stephen R. Covey in the “ The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” p. 71 , asserted very strongly “ Look at the word responsibility—“response-ability”—the ability to choose your response. Highly proactive people recognize that responsibility. They do not blame circumstances, conditions, or conditioning for their behavior. Their behavior is a product of their own conscious choice, based on values, rather than a product of their conditions, based on feeling.”
What is the point in reacting when action is needed? Arguments produce heat and are a sign of poor wisdom while discussion is the exchange of knowledge. Why not be mission oriented? Keep the pressure on yourself to be disciplined. In other words turning the proactive pressure on oneself is how leadership is born and sustained. It is born with discipline and leading from the front.
Have courage to take responsibility. Be responsible for results. No man is going to work for you. You have to accomplish. You need to prove as a leader of inner worth. Proactive pressure tells you to act –not react. This way you keep things moving by creating a pressure on yourself helps preserve the momentum. Then a day comes when the world says, Oh, it happened!
It is wrong to think that when things are going well in life you should just lean back and enjoy not caring about losing the momentum. Though it is natural to bask in success and achievement, can it stop there? In life there is no end to the crest of success waves then why don’t you think you ought to be prepared to catch the next wave which is waiting to come? A true leader will never rest on his laurels.
Why wait for years to change perspectives? Create circumstances and conditions for favorable situations by putting proactive pressure on yourself. Don’t treat it as a burden, but as a daily renewal of your goals – what you want to accomplish, and what steps you are taking to get there. You can’t win if you walk feeling sorry or depressed. If you put proactive pressure on yourself you will always be prepared, and you will never be caught off-guard if the situation should take you out of your comfort zone.
I strongly believe that leaders have two great qualities.
• Persistence
• Patience
They will help you pursue the goal until it is accomplished.
Proactive pressure could create sometimes frustration but these all have no value. Next day morning it will renew your energy creating a new inspiration to the soul. An inner pressure that helps to walk forward at any cost.
Being proactive is the path to destiny. You can win over situations and conditions. Most of the time people are slaves to situation. They keep on blaming people or circumstances. They are occupied in arguments sometimes that are self-serving.
Remember the golden rule, “No point in winning argument or losing reason. Why not keep your desire going by creating results?”
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Dr Shailesh Thaker

Dr. Shailesh Thaker is a world-renowned management thinker and trainer on organizational behavior and development. He is the CLO of Knowledge Plus Inc., a highly reputed training firm based in Ahmedabad, India, helping organizations to achieve international benchmarks in management practices.

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