Be Proactive

Kindness rocks stacked with the first of the seven habits of highly effective people on top.

It’s the first of the seven habits found in Stephen R. Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Be proactive. But what does proactive mean? In order to understand, we travelled around our schools’ campuses asking Panthers for their definition.

A screenshot of two QJH students giving their definition of proactive.

“To think ahead.”

“To be prepared.”

A screenshot of QUE students giving their definition of proactive.

“Being proactive means being kind.”

“Being proactive means being helpful.”

“Being proactive means being nice.”

“Being proactive means do not litter.”

“Being proactive means to help other people with their homework.”

A teacher discussing the definition of proactive with her class.

Mrs. Hampton asked her class, “How can we be proactive in Beat the Ball Kickball?”

The answers she received ranged from “do not be mean” to “use encouraging words”.

A QLE student gives the definition of "proactive" in last night's school board meeting.

“It means to be kind, respectful, and responsible and being nice and having manners and being kind.”

“Being proactive is the opposite of reactive.”

“Being proactive means I’m in charge of me.”

A QUE student gives his definition of proactive.

“Being proactive means helping other people and helping each other.”

“Being proactive means to be positive and control your own actions and then when you get in trouble don’t blame it on no one else and blame it on yourself because you choose to do that and those are your actions.”

“Being proactive means to take charge of yourself.”

We will be highlighting these and other video definitions of proactive on our social media this month. You can check out our Facebook, twitter, and Instagram pages to see more of what our students and teachers are doing to be leaders in their schools.