Get Help Today

Click Here for more information or to request a communication by phone, email or text.

Or Call


We are here for you 24/7
Fast, confidential response

Licensing & Accreditation

Brookhaven Retreat is Accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Organizations and is licensed by the State of Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities.


beauty in life worth living
beauty in life worth living

We are a private pay treatment center and do not accept any type of insurance. Costs associated with care are the responsibility of the client.

Proactive, Reactive, Inactive

Wednesday, 09 July 2014 00:00  by Emily S.

Whether it is a conscious or subconscious decision, we all decide how we act. We make action decisions every day, some important and some insignificant. Every thought, plan and choice has to be acted upon; otherwise it will always just remain a latent activity in the mind. And with these choices, we have the power to choose if we want to be proactive, reactive or inactive.

Being proactive means you freely chose to step up before the situation arises and grab control of it. People who are generally proactive are happier and empowered. In being reactive in response to a situation, you’ve let it occur and have lost the power to choose. Reactive people tend to make decisions in “crisis mode,” leading to high stress, low self-esteem and heavy anxiety. And finally, a person who is inactive does nothing, achieves little, and has zero control over life’s direction.

It is the difference between those who get lost, then decide to follow directions; those who establish directions before the journey; and those who never leave the house.

It may be worthwhile to examine our life and the path we are on. Are my circumstances a product of informed decisions on the path to achieving my goals? Or are most aspects of my life the result of hasty and out of control choices, or maybe from not making a choice at all? Did you consciously choose the job you have, the friends you spend time with, or where you went on vacation?

In order to make positive changes and advance forward we have to turn our mind to be more proactive. When we find ourselves complaining about a situation we should adjust our thinking pattern and look at it as an opportunity to be proactive and make a healthy decision that is advantageous to your wellbeing.

When we are proactive and empowered, we open the door for new experiences, opportunities, people and dreams. With this empowerment, anxiety and fear subside, and depression and stress minimize. You become the driver of your life, in the direction you choose, achieving the life you want to live.

Last modified on Friday, 18 July 2014 05:02

Add comment