Seth Godin recently wrote the following: “An organization that’s run on emergencies and reactions to incoming [problems] doesn’t know what to do when there are no problems. Instead of seeking out new ways to delight, they run around looking for new emergencies, and if they look hard enough, of course they’ll find them.”
Personally, I like to use fire stations as a metaphor… Even though fire stations thrive on sporadic chaos, they don’t look at chaos as a business plan or strategy. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Because they anticipate uncertainty and chaos, they plan for it… ahead of time.
Being proactive requires discipline, routine, and brutal self-honesty. It’s challenging to exercise regularly, adhere to core values, eat healthy, honor commitments, and engage in personal reflection. But guess what? Most things worth doing are.
We may not be able to predict everything, but we can predict that there will always be uncertainty — and for that very reason, we should have a plan in place for that uncertainty (Tweet this quote). While we cannot control every aspect of life, there is almost always something that can be done to strengthen ourselves mentally, physically, and emotionally.
Sure, we live in an incredibly fast paced society, but slowing down to plan ahead interrupts the reaction-cycle. We forget that not every situation or challenge requires a light-speed decision. Stop the cycle. Be proactive (Tweet this quote). Albeit, it’s the only way redirect resources from fire-fighting to spotting new and better opportunities.
Be a Maverick,
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