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Robin Sharma, a best-selling Canadian author once said, “A leadership culture is one where everyone thinks like an owner, a CEO, or a managing director. It’s one where everyone is entrepreneurial and proactive.” In a work environment, you want to always be proactive, but it is not physically possible. It is more important to be realistic in our observations. Therefore, it is imperative to create a balance of proactive approaches and reactive approaches and utilize each in their respective manners.

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Proactivity is incredibly beneficial towards maximizing your success. Furthermore, proactive approaches require you to generate and create material. It is important to take initiative and make significant attempts that can have a long-term impact. For example, making a schedule on Sunday to plan out your tasks for the week would be considered a proactive approach. This schedule will help ensure your productivity.

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Although it is preferable to act in a proactive manner throughout the entirety of your day, it is not realistic. Reactivity is defined as acting in a responsive and passive manner. In contrast to proactivity, reactive approaches involve responding to a need, rather than creating something new. Also, reactive approaches are for short-term benefits, rather than long-term. For example, answering emails can be considered a reactive approach because you are just reacting to a task and you do not have to use your brain as much. In addition, replying to individuals on social media does not use as much brainpower as do proactive moments. Therefore, it is important to create a realistic balance between proactive and reactive responses throughout your day.

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