We generally think of initiative as recognizing and doing what needs to be done before being asked. And that’s true. But initiative is so much more.
Initiative believes in the possibilities of opportunity; it sees opportunity where others see barriers. Initiative taps God-given inner creativity to tackle persistent problems without giving up. Initiative goes the extra mile.
Initiative has nothing to do with skills or education. It’s a positive spirit, an awareness, a proactive mindset.
Kids with initiative will take their talents and multiply them, increasing their involvement in life. Such children take action without being asked to and readily capitalize on opportunities that others pass by.
Mastering schoolwork is largely due to initiative. As the years increase, so do the homework and responsibilities—and the need for self-motivation and self-discipline.
Initiative is crucial for succeeding in school. Students who start projects when they’re assigned and work diligently are bound to do better than those who procrastinate and wait until the last minute to start working.
Initiative is a trait that will serve us well all our lives. In the working world, initiative is often what separates those who get raises and promotions from those who don’t. And what we learn now regarding initiative will likely determine what we pass on to their own kids.