Proactive Vs Reactive || Difference Between Proactive and Reactive

Proactive Vs Reactive

‘Reactive’ and ‘Proactive’, you may hear these term in many self-help books, but what does this mean? I also had the same question when I was reading a book called, Do It Today By Darius Foroux. So as an ordinary person does, I searched both of the terms on google. In this article, you will get to know the same information which I collected from my research.

Reactive And Proactive Meaning

Reactive – “Acting in response to a situation rather than creating or controlling it.”

Proactive – “creating or controlling a situation rather than just responding to it after it has happened.”

From the definition, you may get half of the answer. When someone is lazy enough to ignore the fact that “God will help those who help themselves” and blame every adverse outcome on the circumstances or Almighty, they are reactive. On the other hand, if a person works hard and tries to control the situation, he is proactive. If something unfortunate happens to a person and he is just regretting the past and not acting on what he left, that is reactive. 

Do the things that can help recover the condition, learn from the mistakes, implement the learnings, but never regret! Use your past as a pushing force, not a pulling force!

So You Have To Become Proactive!

A Brief History Of The Word Proactive

Paul Whiteley and Gerald Blankfort first coined the word in a 1933 psychology paper, which they used in a technical sense. Later in 1946, neuropsychiatrist Victor Franklin used it in a popular context in his book, “Mans Search For Meaning” as a contrast with reactive. The context of the book is the holocaust. I didn’t read the book at the time I’m writing this article. But yes, I want to read it in the future. 

Reading Suggestion: Difference Between Knowing And Understanding

“जो होता है अच्छे के लिए होता है !”

If you translate the above quote in English, then it is like this; “Whatever happens is for good!” Now, do you believe it? If you ask me, then my answer will be yes. However, here’s the twist, I think that; if someone does his/her dharma, then the ‘good’ will happen to him/her. If that person didn’t, then the ‘good’ will happen for someone else. So if you want the ‘good’, then you’ve to earn it! Nothing is free.

Karoly Takacs

Karoly Takacs was a world-class sharpshooter from hungry. He had a dream of winning the Olympics. In 1940 the summer Olympics was held in Tokyo. He wanted to win it, but unfortunately, in 1938, a tragic incident shook him. He was injured by a faulty grenade blast, and sadly Karoly lost his right hand, his shooting hand.

It was now like an impossible task for him to win the Olympics. But his grit helped him to survive the sad days. He started practising secretly with his left hand. In 1939 Karoly won the Hungarian National Pistol Shooting Championship and surprised his countrymen. 

In 1940 because of the world war, the Olympics got cancelled. But also, in 1944, it got cancelled for the same reason. It was like all hope was gone. The man of perseverance took participation in the 1948 Summer Olympics in London and surprised the world by winning a gold medal. Then in the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland, he also won a gold medal. 

He fought proactively and used what he had, not blamed the situation. If Karoly acted reactively, then maybe he never won the medals and became an inspiration for us. 

If you fail an exam or in life, there are two things to do. The first one is to play the blame game. Or the second one is the learn the reason for your failure. Then use the tools which you have control over and turn the adverse situation in your favour. Which one will you pick? 

That’s it! I hope you liked this article, and if you did, then don’t forget to share it on your social handles. Thank You 🙂

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