2“People are just about as happy as they make up their mind to be.” Abe Lincoln
3Have you ever said anything like, “My girlfriend makes me so mad”, or “My Algebra teacher stinks. I’m never going to learn anything in that class”?
4The truth is…No one can make you mad unless you let them. It’s your choice. You choose to be mad.If you don’t learn anything in your class, it is your fault not the teacher’s. There are too many options available other than failing.
5Challenge yourself And never blame someone else for the way you act. As a teenager, it may be hard for you to accept that YOU are responsible for your life.
6There are two types of people in this world… The proactive and reactiveThose who take responsibility for their lives and those who blame;Those who make it happen and those who get happened to.
7Habit 1, Being Proactive, is the key to unlocking all the other habits, that’s why it comes first. Habit 1 says, “I am the force. I am the captain of my life. I can choose my attitude. I’m responsible for my own happiness or unhappiness. I am the driver’s seat of my destiny, not just a passenger.”
8The first step toward achieving the private victory… Until you feel you are in charge of your own life, nothing else is really possible.Proactive or reactive, the choice is yoursEach day you have about 100 chances to choose whether to be proactive or reactive.
9THE CHOICE IS YOURSReactive people make choices based on impulse. They are like a can of soda pop. If life shakes them up a bit, the pressure builds and they suddenly explode!“You stupid jerk! Get out of my lane!”
10THE CHOICE IS YOURSProactive people make choices based on values. They THINK before they act.They recognize they can’t control everything that happens to them, but they can control what they do about it.Unlike reactive people who are full of carbonation, proactive people are like water. Shake them up all you want, take off the lid, and nothing . No fizzing, no bubbling, no pressure.They are calm, cool and in control
12Listen to Your Language You can usually hear the difference between proactive and reactive people by the type of language they use.Reactive language will sound like this:“That’s me. That’s just the way I am.” What they are really saying is, “I’m not responsible for the way I act. I can’t change . I was predetermined to be this way.
13Reactive language takes the power away from you and gives it to something or someone else. It’s like giving someone the remote control to your life.
14Proactive language puts the remote control back into your own hands. You are then free to choose which channel you want to be on.
15REACTIVE LANGUAGE PROACTIVE LANGUAGE I’ll try I’ll do itThat’s just the way I am I can do better than thatThere’s nothing I can do Let’s look at all our optionsI have to I choose toI can’t There’s gotta be a wayYou ruined my day I’m not going to let your bad mood rub off on me
16But I can’t change…I’m hardwired this way Science disagrees: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ELpfYCZa87g
17The Victimitis VirusPeople infected with the Victimitis virus believe that everyone has it in for them and that the world owes them something
18Mark Twain says it best… “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”
19Adreana, an honor student from Chicago, grew up in a home plagued by victimitis: Teacher Read page 52
20The only person who can hold you back is YOU! Besides feeling like victims, reactive people:Are easily offendedBlame othersGet angry and say things they later regretWhine and complainWait for things to happen to themChange only when they have to
21It Pays To Be ProactiveProactive people are a different breed. Proactive people:Are not easily offendedTake responsibility for their choicesThink before they actBounce back when something bad happensAlways find a way to make it happenFocus on things they can do something about, and don’t worry about things they can’t.
22Mary Beth discovered for herself the benefits of being proactive: Teacher read p
23Come on…it’s not that easy, right? True, being reactive is so much easier. It’s easy to lose your cool. That doesn’t take any control at all. It’s easy to whine and complain.But…without question, being proactive is the HIGHER ROAD.
24The keyGet in the HABIT of being proactive so you can run on autopilot and not even have to think about it. If you’re choosing to be proactive 20 out of 100 times each day, try doing it 30 out 100 times. Then 40. Never underestimate the huge difference small changes can make.
25WE CAN CONTROL ONLY ONE THING The fact is, we can not control everything that happens to us.But we can control HOW WE RESPOND TO WHAT HAPPENS TO US.And that is what counts.Stop worrying about things you can’t control and do things about what you can control.
28Turning Setbacks into Triumphs Life often deals us a bad hand.It is up to us to control how we respond.The story of W. Mitchell: page 56
29Most of our setbacks won’t be as severe as Mitchell’s, all of us will, however, have our fair share. You might get dumped by a girlfriend or boyfriend, you may lose your job, you may get beaten up by a thug, you may not get accepted into the school of your choice, you may become seriously ill. These are the times to be proactive and strong. They are your defining moments.
30Rising Above AbuseP. 58 Heather and Bridgett’s stories
31If you have been abused, IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT! The truth must be told.By telling another person, you immediately divide your problem in half.Talk with someone you can trust.Sharing your secret with another is an important step in the healing and forgiving process. Be proactive.
32Becoming A Change Agent The scary thing is that bad habits such as abuse, alcoholism, and welfare dependency are often passed down from parents to kids, and , as a result, dysfunctional families keep repeating themselves.
33How does it begin?Statistics show that if you have been abused as a child, you are likely to become an abuserhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shs9IC1wpHk
34The Good News..Is that you can stop the cycle. You can be proactive and stop these bad habits from being passed on. You can become a “change agent” and pass on good habits to future generations, starting with your own kids.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRQlQ5McwZ0
35Whether I fail Or succeed shall be No man’s doing But my own. I am the force.Elaine Maxwell
37Growing Your Proactive Muscles Autobiography in FIVE SHORT CHAPTERS I I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk, I fall in. I am lost…I am helpless. It isn’t my fault. It takes forever to find a way out.
38III walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I don’t see it. I fall in again. I can’t believe I am in the same place. But, it isn’t my fault. It still takes a long time to get out.
39IIII walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I see it is there. I still fall in. It’s a habit. My eyes are open. I know where I am. It is my fault. I get out immediately.
40IV I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it.
41I walk down another street. VI walk down another street.
42CAN-DO PEOPLE Take initiative to make it happen Think about solutions and optionsAct
43NO_CAN-DO-PEOPLE Wait for something to happen to them Think about problems and barriersAre acted uponhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daymk2TWu1o
44This clip is a wonderful example of having to make a choice to be proactive and do something courageous and bold, or to choose to be passive. It is an example of how we either speak boldly for Christ or sit back in silence, waiting for someone else to do the job.