The Importance of Taking Initiative

October 4, 2019

Categories: Change

It’s important to take the initiative when working toward your goals. I remember one evening, I was on my train ride home from work. The train was busier than usual, and it was hard to find a seat. I wondered why there were so many people on the train, and then I saw it. Several passengers were wearing Dallas Stars t-shirts and jerseys. As the train stopped next to the stadium, they all poured out of the train. As I watched them go, I thought to myself, I wish I were going to the Dallas Stars game tonight.

No Plan

But I wasn’t going to the game. I didn’t have a ticket. It wasn’t that I had a busy night planned. In fact, I didn’t have any plans. I wasn’t going to the game because I hadn’t made a plan. I hadn’t taken the initiative to get tickets, or ask a friend if they wanted to go.

I don’t like to admit it, but this is a lot like my life. Often I kind of float along, expecting the things I want in life to just happen.

You Have to Make It Happen

Here is something I have found to be true over and over again: The things you want in life don’t just happen. You have to make them happen.

This is a deep truth that applies to just about every area of life. Take relationships, for example. If you want more friends, or want to date more, or be more satisfied in your relationships, it won’t just happen. You have to take the initiative to call, make plans, join a dating service, and make it happen. The same is true for your physical health. If you want to lose weight or get in shape, it won’t just happen. You have to take the initiative to get to the gym, eat healthy, and make it happen.

Here’s an example from my own life. During my first year of college, I thought making friends was just going to happen. So, I wasn’t proactive about it. I didn’t make much of an effort or initiate relationships. And because of that, friendships didn’t happen, and I was unhappy. I transferred to a different school for my second year, and my friendships were a lot better. What changed? Was the second school just friendlier? Probably not. The difference was me. I knocked on people’s doors, met everyone on my dorm floor, and invited people to do things with me. And it worked. I took the initiative and made it happen.

If there is something about your life that you are unhappy with, or want to change, it won’t just change by itself. It will require initiative and energy on your part to make it happen.


What is one area of your life that you want to take initiative to change? What is one step you could take in that direction?


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  1. Vernessa October 6, 2019 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Great article. This has been an issue I have as well. I’m doing better with it but more from for growth. Getting up and painting my front door now. Only had the paint 3 months. Thank you for the reminder. It’s my life and if I want things to happen…take the initative.

    • Joshua Hook October 6, 2019 at 1:06 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome!

  2. Kaan December 28, 2020 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    My problem is all about seeing new opportunities. I just can’t convince myself to take action. In other words, I cannot take the initiative and take the last step. I think I need to improve myself on this issue. Thank you very much for the motivating article.

  3. cemrem December 24, 2021 at 4:10 am - Reply

    Thank you very much for this motivational article.

  4. Sohbet February 3, 2022 at 2:12 am - Reply

    Thank you

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