Proactive and Intentional are two of my favorite words. I often wonder why they are my favorite since I am prone to be anything but proactive and intentional.
Proactive, to act or intervene on the front end.
Intentional, done with purpose or reason.
I often talk about how fleeting life is. It moves forward in a flash and we can’t control much of this flash. However, we can make the choice to live a life that is more proactive and intentional. A choice that will cause us to be better at who we are (husband, wife, brother, sister, friend, employee etc.) and to grow in the direction we want to go. (Hopefully the direction God is calling us).
But here’s the question: The next thing you read, the next thing you watch–how did you decide that it was next? Was it because it was the nearest click that was handy? Or are you intentional about what you’re learning, or connecting with, or the entertainment you’re investing in? – Seth Godin
The problem is that to be proactive and intentional we have to make hard choices. We have to choose to get up early, stay up late, read book after book. Instead of coasting we keep pressure on the gas pedal. It is easier to steer when we are moving forward with force. Don’t get me wrong, taking time to relax and doing something just for fun can be very important for our state of mind. The key is to keep your life in balance; be intentional about it.
We don’t have a lot of time. It seems to me that being intentional about how we spend our precious attention is the least we can do for it. – Seth Godin
To be proactive and intentional requires us to give more thought to our choices. Why do we take on new activities and responsibilities (or why do we keep doing old ones). Who do we allow to speak into our life? Being proactive and intentional often requires to us to say no. We may even have say no to good things so we can be intentional about saying yest to better things.
This week how will you be proactive and intentional with investing in yourself? How will you invest in your family or in others?
Seth Godin’s quotes are from his blog post, What’s On Tonight?: