I’m on a flight back to NYC after a productive 24-hour trip to Los Angeles. Sitting here on the plane and knowing I’ll be heading back to the office right from the airport I naturally start thinking, “What do I need to do today” (or tomorrow technically since I’m on a red-eye). The reason for this article and trap I feel people too often fall into is this idea of “chasing their tail”. We all get so busy that we just start completing “tasks” and fail to think about what should or could I do today?
This brings me to the larger idea of being proactive vs. reactive and what that really means in daily practice. Based on my experiences over the years both personally and observing others, I’ve found that truly being proactive can be scary. Yes, fear is one of the most common roadblocks from success and this area is no exception. Laziness is another one to prevent proactivity of course but for the purpose of this article let’s assume I’m speaking to the hustlers out there.
When I say fear I’m referring to things like:
Fear of being wrong
Fear of looking stupid
Fear of falling behind on deliverables
Fear of getting distracted... Read more