- Do what is right before being told.
- Not put off until tomorrow the things I can do today.
- Contribute to the success of the whole team.
- Be a part of the solution rather than the problem.
- Look for ways to help others.
Parents - Click here for tips on encouraging your children to develop the character quality this month
Building Initiative in your life:
1. Look for needs. Train yourself to be aware of needs around you.
2. Seize the opportunity. Don't procrastinate out of laziness or fear. Take ownership
(responsibility) beyond your assigned tasks. Break large projects into achievable steps and begin.
3. Be a team player. Initiative can make a team successful. Meet the needs you see while
fulfilling your own responsibilities first. It will make the wheels turn smoothly on the team project.
4. Think ahead. Think through projects and prepare to solve problems before they arise.
5. Manage your time wisely. Determining your priorities and using slack time to fulfill small tasks
will bring greater results. Planning time for rest can increase your productivity.
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What is Initative?
-Initative is the ability to
begin and follow through
with a plan or task, the
willingness to take the
first step, or the act of
taking the lead. People
with initative are said to
be "self starters,"
because they do not
need close supervision.
They see a need,
carefully plan ways to
meet that need., step
out to act, and follow
through until the need is
met. Initative means
taking responsibility for
a task that needs to
done, even though it
assigned to the person.
It means taking
ownership in making a
A person with initiative
has the character within
to try, even when the
task looks difficult or
there will be no reward.
He is willing to go
beyond what is assigned.
"Opportunity is missed by most people
because it is dressed in overalls and looks
Needed Background! Parents, if you haven't read the general discussion on
"Building Character in Your Family", why don't you take time to do so before
teaching this month's character quality? Click here to see it--
-Am I overstepping another's role? Would
that offend them?
-Would it be appropriate to act in this
-Will I neglect my own obligations if I act?
-Can I fulfill my commitments to my
authorities without overextending my time
with this extra task?
- Seeing bulk mail left lying around the Post
Office and picking it up.
- Seeing strangers in a meeting and
- Noticing that the office coffee pot is
empty and refilling it.
- Noticing that the yard of a neighbor who
is ill needs mowing and mowing it.
- Inspecting the equip- ment needed on a
project in advance and being sure it will
What Does Initiative Look Like?
- - "That isn't my job!"
- - "I won't get the credit
for doing that."
- -"Doing that task would
be below my dignity!"
- -"I don't know how to do
- -"I'm afraid to do that."
- -"I'm really too tired."
- -"I'm too busy."
Before you act, ask yourself:
If you notice a need, perhaps it is
your task to address it!