You may be familiar with the essential life skill of being proactive from the work of Stephen Covey, famous for his Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. There is a good reason this life skill is still touted as necessary, because being proactive is a fundamental step in creating the life you really want.
When you learn to take control of your own life, to become proactive versus reactive, you are in control of your destiny. Being proactive means you approach life with an “I can” attitude and learning how to reframe your thinking in this way can have substantial benefits to you in all areas of your life.
When your focus is on reaction, it can often feel like life is just something that happens to you rather than anything over which you have control. Learning how to act, instead of blaming external circumstances, gives you back the power you need over your life.
Life will be full of lots of unexpected events. Some will be little, like unexpected household maintenance, and others will be more significant, like the loss of a loved one or the end of an important job.