The Monday Mindset: Skill Development - Taking Initiative
Last week we discussed how time management continues to give even the best planners vision. This week, we’re extending this topic by discussing skill sets that will allow us to continuously grow.
If the never-ending benefit of time management is the ability to prioritize, then taking initiative is the resilience of our time.
We are all on our own for taking responsibility of how our lives turn out; while there are contingencies that we cannot control, there are solutions, our reactions, that we can control. When life pushes us down, it is our choice to get back up. Everyday, it is our choice to get up in the morning, to move forward, to fight the good fight, and to never lose hope in ourselves.
The key is taking responsibility and initiative, deciding what our lives are about and prioritizing our own lives around the most important things, our priorities.
Something I have found to be true over and over again: The things we value in life don’t just happen to us miraculously — we make them happen — and by taking action to fight the good fight, our inevitable contingencies are manageable at the very least.
In more familiar words - if we want something out of life, then we have to go get it. We can plan and prioritize our days to the minute, but without the initiative — the proaction upon our thoughts — the results will never come to fruition. It is about taking our thoughts, and plans, and manifesting them in reality. Our initiative is our action, not our reaction, to the world we are building around us. Without it, we will not succeed in taking control of our lives.
Going after what we want, persisting in the face of challenges, will create opportunities to make things happen for ourselves.
“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” William Jennings Bryan