Spending time evaluating where you have been and where you are going is a fantastic way to improve upon yourself. As a proactive person, I tend to think of any possible scenario and be prepared for each; for example in parenthood, I usually predict a few possible outcomes while focusing on what outcome I hope to have happen. As a proactive parent, this means nothing surprises me or drops me off my feet! I like to think of being a proactive person as one who is living for the positive future but aware of all possible unexpected outcomes.
Each experience you have as an individual person is a chance for growth, this proactive personality type would take each scenario that they hadn’t quite prepared for and utilize it to their advantage to grow more as a person and learn to realize what each scenario can bring you. For example, if you were in a relationship that blindsided you into a situation where you were betrayed in such ways you were not prepared for, a person interested in growth would then take that situation and sprinkle it with a learning experience. One who was betrayed in a prior relationship, no matter the extent of betrayal, can use it as a way to learn more about how they could change, what to look for in their future partner for signs and nip it in the butt before betrayal occurs.
While you cannot be proactively prepared for all scenarios, you can work hard to ensure that you are open minded, aware of your surroundings and recall past experiences that you can utilize to be better prepared for all outcomes. There is a difference between being proactive; you know preparing for all possible outcomes, and being a negative worrier type personality:
A proactive person knows that their future is going to be amazing, but keeps a small part of their self prepared for the worst case scenario.
A negative worrier type person will believe that every situation will have a bad outcome and impact upon their life, thus they will forever bring upon them negativity.
The best way to become more self-aware and live in a proactive way is to surround yourself with like minded people; from a young age we have the theory that “you are the company you keep” drilled into our heads. This theory that “you are the company you keep” holds true until end of days. Take a look around you today; do you worry too much or are you more of the aware proactive person taking measures to change your environment for the best possible self-growth?
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7 thoughts on “You Are the Company you Keep”
I really like this post. I try to surround myself with positive people, because I need to stay positive every day 🙂
This is so true… When I was growing up my parents used to say this to me all the time, and kept track of who I hung out with.
This post is so true! I’m a big believer in always looking at the glass as half full and I think if you surround yourself with people who feel that way as well, it’s easier to stay upbeat.
I tend to come up right in between the two you described. I tend not to believe it until I see it but I am very optimistic that it may happen!
This is so true! When I am around people who look for the worst in every situation, I tend to do the same!
Definitely a lot of truth in here. Our experiences help define the person we are, although it is up to us how we allow them to alter our attitudes and behaviors.
Your sentiments could not be more true. To improve as a person each of us needs to constantly assess ourselves and strive to improve the things we want to be most successful at.