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In his No. 1 bestseller, "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People", Stephen R. Covey identifies and explains the seven habits that every person must have in order to succeed. These seven habits are the following:

Habit 1: Be Proactive
Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Habit 4: Think Win/win
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Habit 6: Synergize
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

The first habit, which states that you should be proactive, lays the foundation for the other six habits. Being proactive means that you understand that your life doesn't just happen; it's being created by you. Highly effective people choose how they want to feel and decide how they will act in every situation; they don't simply react to circumstances or to what other people say or do. Covey explains that between a stimulus and a response there's a gap-imagine pressing a "pause" button-and in that gap we can actively choose how we will respond to anything life throws at us.

Mindfulness

Being proactive is related to mindfulness: You need to be aware of yourself and of your surroundings so that you can act in ways that serve you well, instead of mindlessly allowing past programming, others, and outside circumstances to control your responses. Ask yourself the following questions to help you determine whether you're living mindfully and are being proactive:

Do you question any assumptions or beliefs you may hold which are not in your best interest?
Do you blindly believe what others tell you, or do you go see for yourself?
Do you simply accept that this is the way in which things are done, or do you question whether there's a better way to do things?
Are you willing to reassess the lens through which you look at the world?

See Yourself As a Creator

In addition, highly effective people see themselves as being creators of their lives, instead of identifying themselves as victims of external conditions. If they're negatively impacted by an external event they focus on those things which are within their Circle of Influence -those things over which they have control-instead of worrying about things they can do nothing about.

People who believe that they create their life say things such as the following:

What do I want to happen?
What steps can I take to begin moving toward what I want?
How did I either create this situation or allow it to happen?
How can I get the money so that I can participate in this project?
I choose to...
I will...
Let's look for alternatives.
What is the best response to this situation?
Is this response in my best interest?
How can I make time for what is most important to me?
I'll do it.
How can I increase my energy?
What can I do so I don't find myself in another situation like this in the future?
What books can I read or what courses can I take in order to learn this?

Conclusion

Take responsibility for your life and choose how you will respond to everything that happens around you. By following the first habit of the "The 7 Habit of Highly Successful People" you'll be establishing the foundation to begin creating success in your life.

Written by Marelisa Fabrega. For more information on how to be proactive read "7 Habits of Effective People".

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