7 Habits of a highly effective teen:
Habit #1 Be Proactive
Habit #1 Be PROACTIVE
the day’s lesson plan
1. Introduce Proactive and Reactive Language
2. Battle of the Sexes
3. Acrostic Poem
4. Positive Promises
5. Scenarios – Proactive vs. Reactive.
What does this quote mean?
“We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act, but a
habit.”
-Aristotle
Three types of People
• People who make
things happen
• People who watch
things happen
• People who
wonder…what
happened
Four Human Tools
1. Self-Awareness
2. Conscience
3. Imagination
4. Willpower
How will these tools help
you be more proactive?
Proactive People
are a different breed…
Proactive People:
 Are not easily offended
 Take responsibility for their choices
 Think before they act
 Bounce back when something bad happens
 Always finds a way to make it happen
 Focus on things they can do something about, and
don’t worry about things they can’t
Proactive Language
 I’ll do it
 I can do better than that
 Let’s look at all our options
 I choose to
 There’s gotta be a way
 I’m not going to let your bad mood rub off on me.
Reactive People…
a common breed?
Reactive People:
 Are easily offended
 Focuses on the negative
 Blow off responsibilities
 Blame others
 React at the spur of
the moment
 Get angry and say things they later regret
 Get “beat down” when something bad happens
Reactive Language
 I’ll try
 That’s just the way I am
 There’s nothing I can do
 I have to??
 I can’t
 You ruined my day!
1.
Separate in groups of boys and girls
- Boys are Proactive words
- Girls are Reactive words
2.
Give the dry erase marker to one representative in your group.
3.
When I say go, the 1st representative writes down a word for their
team on the board.
4.
Once you write down one word, hand off the marker to another
teammate.
5.
Get as many words as you can before the time is up!
Acrostic Poem
P
R
O
A
C
T
I
V
E
R
E
A
C
T
I
V
E
PLAY HARD
RESTING WHEN YOU SHOULD BE
WORKING
RESPECT YOUR FAMILY, YOUR
SCHOOL
EXPECT YOUR PARENTS TO BAIL
YOU OUT
OFFER TO HELP TO SOMEONE
WHO NEEDS IT
AVOID CHALLENGES
ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR
CUT OTHERS DOWN WHEN YOU
CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF
TALK…TALK…TALK
YOUR ACTIONS
TAKE ACTION
FEEL THREATENED
INSIST THAT YOU ARE RIGHT,
EVEN WHEN YOU ARE NOT
INVITE A FRIEND TO A
VENT ABOUT PROBLEMS THAT
VISIT A SICK FRIEND
EXCUSES…EXCUSES…EXCUSES
SCHOOL DANCE
ENVISION A GOAL AND MEET
IT
YOU DON’T INTEND TO SOLVE
Positive Promise
 Make a positive promise to yourself
Something that you can keep within the next 48hrs
Write down your promise in your spiral notebook
 Come back to class and discuss how well you
accomplished your goal with a partner.
Was it realistic?
Were you able to keep your promise?
Scenarios: Proactive vs. Reactive
• I need 3 volunteers who aren’t afraid to act.
• You will be given a script for 2 scenarios
•One is for showing reactive people
•Two is for showing proactive people
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Habit #1 Be PROACTIVE