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Proactive Plans are plans we make to improve our habits, relationships, and lives in general.  They are called "proactive" because we want to make them early and avoid being "reactive," or ending up in a situation we didn't expect or want and we don't have a clear plan as to what to do.  

In general, Proactive Plans fall into to categories:

1.  Individual plans for yourself.  These might include plans to establish healthy habits like exercising, eating healthier, stopping abusing substances, making school or job-related plans.  Or, they might be plans as to how to deal with current relationship issues with a parent, friend, peer, teacher, or loved one.

Making concrete daily schedules (actually writing them out or programming them into a calendar) can be very helpful in creating and sticking to individual plans.

2. Agreements with others.  Differences always arise between different people in a group or family.  If we follow the Guidelines and are able to have an open discussion with the other individual, we in a position to make agreements as to how to go forward despite these differences. Sometimes they may be compromises. A common example might be an agreement with a parent about moving forward with some kind of academic plan.  

Agreements are really only possible if there is a spirit of cooperating between the two parties involved, which is why we believe following the Guidelines is so important.


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