Well, in this post, I would like to mention the main difference between a reactive man and a proactive man. Confused? Maybe because you have never even heard of the word proaction, let alone thought about it. Reaction is defined as a simple response which is a cause of a stimulus applied to it. It is homogenous (doesn’t tend to change) and very very animal in nature (no thought process involved in performing it). Well, reactions are very important for a human being when it comes to responding to extreme conditions like a threat to life or a potentially disabling situation (withdrawing your hand in a jerk if kept on a flame).
The problem arises when these reactions are associated with day to day activities and their responses. A reaction is a simple learning process, a person is exposed to the same stimulus time and again (verbal abuse), he sees others responding to it in some particular fashion (verbal or physical abuse), he adapts that response in him and learns it. So now, whenever he is faced with that particular stimulus from any individual, he tends to ‘react’ in the same fashion as he has always learnt it (i.e. abusing or hitting back). Here a person fails to understand that unknowingly he tends to behave like an animal.
The only difference between man and animal as per mental functions are concerned is that a man can choose what he wants to do. A man actually has the potential to choose his responses graded as per the requirement of the situation. Many men tend to forget that fact and continue their voyage through life as mere people who are dependent on others for their actions.
A proactive man, on the other hand, when exposed to a situation, first assures himself that he has the potential to choose what he wishes to do. Then analyses the situation according to his intellect and gauges his response accordingly. Well, the correct response to be given can be guided on the basis of my previous post of analyzing what do you want to be known as when you cease to exist.
Majority of the problems and conflicts can be eliminated if this one fact is recognized by our fellow humans that they need to respond after making a well informed decision within their minds about what they are going to do next.
With a final question in conclusion for the post,
Are you going to choose reaction or proaction??