Mental Mechanics: Being Proactive

“Dig your well before you’re thirsty.”

Harvey McKay

Do not wait until
You are overcome with heat
To start finding shade.


I have been accused of procrastinating a few times in my life. I was going to list a few specific instances but decided just to do it later. One thing I have learned about success in life from some of the most elite performers on the planet is that it goes hand in hand with proactive thinking.  The most successful people in our society have solid plans. They also have contingencies in place when those plans inevitably go awry. 

There will undoubtedly be many times in life in which you will have to react. If you are a human (like me), then you can probably recall quite a few right now. Being reactionary is a tremendous skill to have…if you apply it in the right ways. Sitting back and waiting for things to happen ‘to you’ won’t do much to help you succeed. Having plans in place so that when you have to react, you can do so deliberately, will get you much closer to your goals. Think of these as your “When/Then” plans. When ___ happens, then I will handle it by doing ___. This approach has always allowed me to be intentional in those moments. I have been able to respond (not react) to those bumps in the road (which ALWAYS happen) in a way that is more in line with the direction I want to go.  

Today, take an honest look at your situation. Are you being deliberate in how you approach the goals you are pursuing? Are you putting off till tomorrow, what you should be doing today?

This is your life. Make it look however you think it should…TODAY.