• Foreseeing and intervening in anticipation of future needs or changes
  • Initiating and preparing beforehand rather than reacting afterwards
  • Taking steps ahead of time based on training, knowledge and experience
Being proactive involves anticipating future circumstances and taking steps beforehand rather than reacting afterwards to produce desired results. 
It’s easy to appreciate the importance of being proactive if you think about it like I do: How many times do I wish I would have been better prepared? 
Think about the the time wasted, money spent, effort exerted, and increased stress that could have been avoided with foresight and discipline to take steps ahead of time. For me, examples abound. 
We’ve all suffered consequences that result from not being proactive. We probably tell ourselves we’ll “get out ahead of it” next time. Or that next time we’ll plan ahead. But being proactive takes discipline. And it often seems so much easier not to worry about it. That is, of course, until that thing you could and should have been preparing for happens. I’m guessing we’d have been much better served if we would have been proactive. 
At Funds For Learning, being proactive isn’t so much aspirational; it’s necessary. Too much is at stake. 
For instance, it’s FFL’s job to foresee future program rule changes and to advise clients accordingly. We also share a responsibility with clients to ensure they are well equipped to handle any unexpected change of circumstances. 
We do this by anticipating the need and applying our knowledge, training, and experience to take the appropriate measures ahead of time. 
Our clients’ success is the driving force behind this Guide Mark. Being proactive, anticipating future needs and preparing beforehand, reduces mistakes and results in a higher quality of service. 
But being proactive is also important for more self-serving reasons. Problems are averted, time and resources are spent wisely, money is saved, and stress is reduced. 
The bottom line is this: In virtually any situation or setting, we’re all a little better off when we’re proactive.

Key words and phrases
Acting in anticipation; Causing something to happen; Taking steps based on experience; Foreseeing; Preparing beforehand; Intervening ahead of time; Initiating instead of reacting; Farsighted planning and action

Opposite terms
Shortsighted; Reactionary; Improvident; Myopic


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