Proactivity is intentionally doing today, what would make you a better person tomorrow. Also, according to Adeleke David Adekunle,
“it is doing today what would make tomorrow’s tasks easier to achieve”. If this were applied, say to a game of football, it simply means knowing where the ball would be and positioning yourself there to receive a pass. In the workplace, it means anticipating your boss’ next move, and making ready to make his job easier. If in a marriage relationship, it means knowing what your spouse is likely to do next, and getting ready all the stuffs she’d need to succeed with ease.
The Laws of Proactivity can be thus summarized into the following:
- The Law of Intention. I strongly believe that everything we experience stem first from what we intend to do or become. If you don’t intend to be a great employee, you’d never become one. No one sits down and stumbles upon something greater than him. Your intention will determine your recognition; and your recognition defines your attraction. Average thinkers can never be proactive: they do not have the seed of proactivity planted in them. They will always expect things to happen to them, even when it is obvious. They will always expect to be told what to do. My friend calls them computers: they must always be programmed by someone. And once they are programmed, they must be ‘upgraded’ by someone to perform better. They generally lack initiative.
- The Law of Destination. This is knowing the end from the beginning. An African adage says that when a tree is being fell in the forest, the elders know on which side it would rest. It is knowing the result(s) of an action before it manifests. Consider what your boss has been up to lately, do you have a clue of the implications on his work, your work or the entire organization? Where do you see yourself or your organization the next 5 years? 10 years? 20 years? 50 years?
- The Law of Intuition. This is closely linked to the law of destination. It simply means being open to your Inner Guidance System, IGS (or conscience) for direction on what to do next. The best way we can leverage on our intuition is by deliberately creating quietness within ourselves. The world system we live in today wants us to listen to every other person except ourselves.
- The Law of Preparation. The essence of direction and intuition is to give you ample opportunities to prepare yourself for the future. If, for example, you can sense where your organization would be in the next 10 years, this gives you some opportunity to start developing yourself for that future. I feel it is a slap on the face of the management team for the board to bring in an external CEO to oversee the affairs of the organization. It simply means the people are not ‘ready’ to take up that challenge.
- The Law of Inquisition. This means that you must be someone that asks questions. You may sense what the need of your boss is. But you must also be able to decipher how your boss loves his needs to be met. Have you ever done something in the name of being proactive and get reprimanded for such? It’s because your good sense was not balanced with common sense. It would save you a lot of stress if you can ask from your heart how to help your boss. For example, you can say something like: I notice that (based on your intuition) you have been up to seeking ways to expand our foreign base in Africa. (Based on your preparation) I’ve observed that some organizations are seeking foreign organizations in Nigeria and South Africa whom they can partner with to boost their corporate image. I have the contact of the COO of Soar Africa. May be he could be of help. Another way to achieve this is by simply asking: how can I be of help?
Apply these laws and you would boost your worth within your organization by no mean standards.
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