I had a time early in my career that I did react first to things first before acting on it ... But I learn in the hospitality industry at any time, an unpredictable event can occur that requires you to respond. Being effective in your response to changing circumstances involves having plans, experience and adaptability enough to take charge and make clear decisions. but being reactive, by comparison, is the result of letting events blindside you. Being chronically reactive creates stress and anxiety in you and the people around you. It’s a symptom of having a lack of mindfulness and awareness to what is happening or what could be the result of your choices and actions.
Being proactive includes developing habits and taking steps necessary to pursue what you want and to respond effectively to unforeseen events. For example, proactive career development requires seeing your goals clearly and having the confidence that you can achieve your goals despite potential obstacles. On the job, being assertive in the workplace is a way to be proactive, especially when seeking advancement opportunities. Proactive individuals recognize opportunities coming up over the horizon early enough to position themselves as the best match for those opportunities.
And they don't carry the luggage of reactive people ... Situation are solved and responded to where all move forward with the right mindset ! To many people don't get over it and it drags with them never even noticing it.
Learn to understand your self before expressing your mind without having put your thoughts into your words ...
By:Chef Nicholas Anderson for www.culinaryglobetrotter.com