Habit #1 Be Proactive
Our school is a Leader in Me school. We are learning about the 7 Habits of Happy Kids every day and how we can use them. The first habit is to Be Proactive. To be a proactive person means that you are in charge of you. Being proactive is another way to say that we are responsible for our actions and our choices.
There are many ways that Mason Elementary students can be proactive. Some of them are big decisions while others may be small. For example, when you are walking down the hall in front of kids that are younger than you, do you want to be a good example or a bad example? Most people would say they want to be a good example for younger kids. They can pick up a piece of trash in the hall, even if it isn’t theirs. A larger example of being proactive would be if you wanted to play a sport, to be sure and do your homework every night before practice, so you do not have to be told to do it. From my own experience, if I wait until after practice to try and do my homework, I am usually too tired to finish it that night and have to do it in the morning. To be proactive we have to make a choice to put academics first, then athletics.
Being a leader means doing what is right, even when no one is watching. We have to try and not blame others when something does not go our way and take responsibility for the things we can control. It is not always an easy habit to use, but the more proactive we become, the better people we will become.
-Ty Spencer, 4th grader at Mason Elementary