I think it might be best to define both before answering the question.
Being proactive means that we are ultimately responsible for how we live. Our decisions aren’t based on the conditions around us or circumstances. We make our decisions based on our values. If something’s tough, we have a “this too shall pass” attitude and maintain the discipline and the standard that we have already set for ourselves.
Being reactive means we are affected by everything around us. If we are in a good situation, we are in a good mood. If we are in a bad situation, we are in a bad mood.
The fact is that we have to break down the word “responsibility”. It can be defined as the fact that we have the ability to respond to something the way we choose to.
If people we are around, or that we work for, are handling things the wrong way, we can choose to let the weaknesses of those people affect our attitudes about ourselves, or we can maintain our confidence and our standards.
Being proactive doesn’t mean that we aren’t affected by our conditions, it means that we ultimately control our responses. We don’t blame our circumstances for how we react, which would actually make us reactive.
I think it’s safe to say we want to be more proactive than reactive, setting a higher standard and not blaming others or our circumstances for how we handle our lives.
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