People without initiative: what to do to stimulate them?

A domestic episode – the breakage of an interior door handle in my study – inspired this article. Not being able to open it, and not knowing how to do it, I decided to contact my trusted locksmith. After not finding it, I went to Google and called three of his colleagues, who were unwilling to go to the house – within a radius of ten blocks – to do a job for which they were logically going to charge.

Immediately, without giving up, I contacted the building manager, and asked him about some other locksmith in the neighborhood. He replied that he did not know anyone. And he's been working in this neighborhood for 15 years. Can a building manager who doesn't have a roster of two or three locksmiths do his job brilliantly?

Without making a value judgment in this regard, this succession of failed contacts inspired the subject of this note, since it is an ideal case to observe the lack of initiative, which is directly linked to the lack of proactivity.

Doing the bare minimum today leaves you out of the world of work

Another aspect to consider is that lack of initiative is often thought of as a matter of training and lack of access to studies. "It does not give the head", prosecute. I must say that I know hundreds of people in service tasks who keep their initiative high and permanently propose spaces for improvement in their jobs and in their personal lives.

People are stimulated when they perceive that the environment allows opportunities for learning, growth, development, encouragement and gratification. And having experience in certain fields applying what is known – and even what is incorporated in the day to day – is one of the most relevant aspects of the permanence of people in a job.

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The symptoms of a life without initiative

Creativity and self-initiative are two of the most required soft skills for any type of job in which you applyregardless of your professional title.

If you don't have initiative, you are destined to:

Get stuck forever in your basic job position.

Relying on others to tell you what to do.

To be considered as one who "does not know how to do anything" and receive minimal tasks.

Waste your potential.

Letting opportunities be for others, since no one will focus on you for your lack of initiative.

Lacking the attitude of wanting to figure things out.

Get reactive to any slightest attempt at change of the status quo of things, since comfort and mediocrity are your way of life.

And here is an interesting choice that you can make: if what you want is for your work and personal life to be flat and completely bored, stay without initiative. If what you want is to learn, develop, advance and have more opportunities, you will need to constantly have initiative.

The 7 traits that distinguish a person with own initiative

1. They give a little more than average

There is a component of enthusiasm in the work they do, and that is reflected in that they put the personal touch in what they do and exceed expectations. Over time, this sets a quality standard in their work and thus, they conquer new opportunities.

2. They make small decisions to improve

Within their areas of performance they are encouraged to decide, propose and improve. His motto question is: "What can I do today, better than yesterday, for the benefit of all of us in this job?" An example is that man or woman who serves coffee in the office, who is a positive energy magnet for the entire organization. It does so with that constructive intention, as opposed to the hundreds of reluctant and lacking initiative employees.

3. They are open to change and transformation

As they are people focused on the experience they are doing and the learning that will lead them to their next challenge, they open their minds to embrace changes and transformations, and are often excellent at providing options when others cannot find a way out of everyday problems.

4. They are flexible

In turn, the mind and spirit that they develop allows them to accept, propose and dance to the rhythm of what is being presented., without resistance to changes and knowing that everything that happens is for some reason.

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The quality of optimism is not only reflected in their temperament, but in the contributions they make and the quality of excellence in their work.. It is through these special traits that they manage to distinguish themselves, and have their own brilliance that comes from the hand of people with their own initiative: that is, someone who is well worth counting on.

6. They add value from the tasks they perform

A detail, a word of encouragement, a well-marked document to facilitate the task of a colleague or of the boss or leader, are characteristics that stand out for this type of person. They are always adding and putting their grain of sand.

7. They transform ideas into actions

We know that in organizations there are those who work, and those who say they work. Well, people with their own initiative are little engines that make things happen permanently, because there is no room for excuses and they function at a high level of excellence.

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5 tips to have more initiative

1. Evaluate the root of this behavior. It may be that you are affected by a vital apathy, even some sign of depression, and that is why you cannot act. Consult with a mental health professional, who is the one to accompany you.

2. Determine at least one activity in which you will focus and be proactive. Without necessarily being related to your specific task, you can make an internal commitment with yourself to carry it forward and improve it every day, whatever happens, until it is finished. Evaluate the result.

3. Observe people with their own initiative. This will allow you to follow their beat and even ask them for advice on how they do it.

4.> The person without their own initiative wants them to “chew” on everything they consume, that is why they use the pacifier from television and social networks without a constructive purpose.

5. Establish a routine of one hour daily where you will take the initiative in something. Within your commitment to improvement, you will schedule 60 minutes each day from Monday to Sunday where you will carry out any task that requires you to make decisions, improve something, order the clothes in your closet or the library; or do a service in a public good organization: the goal is for you to come out of the state of lethargy and lack of personal responsibility for your life and results, and start moving towards something different.

And what do you do to increase your initiative?