You’ve heard the word “reacting,” right? Well, the word that I’ve “made up” that isn’t regularly used (and actually that I’ve never heard used at all) is “proacting.” We have to stop reacting to life. Sure, you cannot predict the future but you can predict what will likely happen. I know that I will likely need lunch three days a week (assuming I have meetings with donors the other two days). So, knowing that, why wouldn’t I prepare meals at the onset of the week? I also know that I am going to have to publish blog posts five days a week, so, though I can write on the fly, I like to have one or two sitting in the draft panel, just in case I am zooming through the day and need to publish from mobile while I’m driving to a luncheon (Disclaimer: I press “Publish” on my iPhone app while stopped at a stoplight so that I’m not actually working on a post and driving at once).
The point is, I proact for life as much as possible so that I don’t have to react anywhere near as much. Sure, life happens but here I am, currently relaxing as I watch the Packers get stomped by the Falcons. Right now, there is no pressure. When you proact, there is no stress. But when you react, which you will have to do at times, you’ll be stressed, like Aron Rogers looks right now.
So write ahead of time. Read ahead of time. Iron ahead of time. Prep food ahead of time. Workout ahead of time. Because there will be a day when you don’t have time to do any of that and one day of stress out of five is a heck of a lot better than five days of stress out of five, right?
Make professional development a priority.