“Begin while others are procrastinating. Work while others are wishing.” -William Arthur Ward
Keep this in mind when you are wondering what is the difference being passive and being active. When you are passive in your life, you spend time procrastinating and wishing that you could do something, but not doing anything to change your situation. This will cause you to miss out on opportunities and cause you to feel resentment towards other people and life. When you are active in your life, you actually begin to and work towards bringing the change that you desire in your life. This will cause you feel in control, and you start to see things move around you.
I remember growing up how I was passive about talking to and dating women. I would wish and dream about it, but never took action. I will admit that it did cost me the opportunity of getting to know women and dating during high school.
It was not until I reached college where I had to learn to change that mindset. Instead of procrastinating about when I should talk to them, I just decided on day one of college to simply do it. Instead of wishing that one would talk to me, I took action by being straightforward and putting myself out there just as I am. It resulted in me getting dates for sure, but the ultimate prize was the fact that I did ultimately find my wife in the process.
You are capable of taking an active stance on achieving your goals and dreams as long as you are willing to begin and work towards them. What stands in the way is you becoming passive, wasting your time procrastinating, and wishing constantly without a plan of action. Let’s remember that procrastinating and wishing will not get anything done in your life unless you begin somewhere and work towards the change that you want in your life.
-Michael J. Fite