As we begin to talk to our students about being proactive we are using the principle that people are free to choose and need to be responsible for their choices. We are working to have students see themselves as a product of their choices, not a product of their circumstances. Proactive people see life is a result of their decisions not their conditions. We want our students to understand that they choose their response in any circumstance.
The following are some examples of proactive language:
· I choose . . .
· I will . . .
· I prefer . . .
· I’ll do it.
· There’s got to be a way.Being proactive also helps students to focus only about those things that they have direct control over. We want our students’ energy to be spent on things they can directly influence. This is referred to as their Circle of Influence.