Lesson 1: Mastering the Essentials of Be Proactive Skills

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Proactivity Skills


The objective of this lesson is to equip adult learners with practical strategies and skills to ‘Be Proactive’ in their personal and professional lives. By mastering these core building blocks, learners will be able to anticipate challenges, take initiative in solving problems, and create growth opportunities. Being proactive is a key skill for attaining true independence in your life.

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Smart Life Skills

Being proactive is a fundamental skill that involves taking responsibility for your actions and choices, and actively working towards your goals. It’s about initiative, anticipation, and taking control of situations you have control over before they control you, and understanding that not everything is within your circle of control.

  • Understanding Proactivity: Differentiating reactive from proactive behavior.
  • Self-Awareness: Recognizing your circle of influence and circle of concern.
  • Goal-Setting: Defining clear and actionable goals.
  • Planning: Developing step-by-step plans to achieve goals.
  • Time Management: Prioritizing tasks to align with your goals.
  • Communication: Assertively expressing yourself and listening to others.
  • Problem-Solving: Identifying potential problems and creating solutions proactively.

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Understanding Proactivity: Proactivity is recognizing that your behavior is a function of your decisions, not your conditions. A proactive person uses language like “I can”, “I will”, or “I prefer”, whereas a reactive person often uses language like “I can’t”, “I have to”, or “If only”.

Actionable Insight: Catch yourself when ...

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