Generally, it’s better to be proactive than reactive. This distinction is commonly made and acted upon in work contexts. But in my experience, proactivity isn’t valued enough outside of work.

Proactivity requires foreseeing problems instead of stumbling into them. And acting decisively to handle oncoming problems instead of ignoring them. Neither part is easy. The easiest, least intentional way to live is to drift from moment to moment, following the most obvious, easy-looking path your environment presents. But as Jerzy Gregorek said: “Hard choices, easy life. Easy choices, hard life.” Always doing the easy…