We live in an age that is largely characterized by passivity, especially in males. But passivity is a narcotic none of us can afford to indulge. The temptation to coast and exert as little effort as possible affects us all. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Over the past year, I’ve been taking concrete steps to wean myself from the passivity kool-aid. And it has been refreshing to say the least. Taking initiative, grabbing life by the horns is a mark of leadership. In fact, it is one of the hallmarks of really being alive.
I have the guys in mind as I write this though it’s no less true for the fairer sex. Here are some of the benefits of full engagement with life:
- Those who look to you for leadership, especially your woman, tend to respond much more favorably. Passivity is a huge turn-off. Corollary is that taking the wheel and taking charge where you’re called to heats things up.
- Full engagement gives you a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence which can be acquired in few other ways.
- You have the benefit of actually doing something to make life better for others as you lock in.
- You will learn things about whatever area you are pursuing that will evade you if you are only half-hearted in your pursuit. As my friend Tom likes to say, “If you love something, it will show you its secrets.” I’ve learned this especially as I hone my musical skills.
Okay—try this in a sustained way. Use laser-like focus on the key areas of your life. And just watch what happens!