The words “Knock, and it shall be opened unto you” from the New Testament for me sum up the idea of proactivity.
If we want the door to be opened, we have to at least knock on it. Our action or involvement in the process is imperative.
Waiting for things to happen, the opening of the proverbial door, could find us staring at the closed door forever if there is nobody there to open it for us.
In a similar way, lingering on the sidelines for the conditions to be perfect before undertaking this or that may mean we never begin.
Being proactive is also perhaps as much about taking responsibility for the things within our power of control as attempting to initiate actions. Proactivity is in this sense a stance towards life as it is, opposite to a defensive position of denial, anger and distrust.
So if the door is not to remain closed, I guess the next step is pretty obvious, no? As the American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson noted: “The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck.”
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