Personal initiative as the key to success and mental wellness

Personal initiative as the key to success and mental wellnessMost entrepreneurial countries in the world

Are you aware that all success stems from the personal initiative? When people are not engaged with what they do or feel passive, they lack practical and applicable intrapersonal skills. Skills to lead our own inner processes that support taking individual initiative. It means that their life is at a standstill until this changes.

Nature has excellently organized us to survive as physical entities without ever having to use our self-awareness and personal initiative. Our usually dominant ‘autopilot mode’, is a pretty amazing life support system. Living in this comfort zone often means that we avoid everything that we are not familiar with.

Fear of things outside our usual paths to act causes procrastination. However, if we want to see innovation and initiative to be part of work environments, we need a different approach. Your missing assets here are the intrapersonal skills for entrepreneurs, skills for those whose livelihood depends on the initiative.

Why personal initiative matter?

Personal initiative forms the foundation of all professional and entrepreneurial skills. Personal initiative meaning in this context is initiating purposeful action. Besides taking action, our initiative is also the very underpinning of our individual mental well-being at work. Until we do not take fully aware responsibility for our own life, we will fail to know why and how things happen to us. When on subconscious autopilot mode, we fail to see our own role in leading our own life.

For example, do you notice how to maintain your own health? Or do things just ‘happen’ to you? When you get sick, do you notice the reasons when and how it all got started? And when you get well again, are you aware of what activities you need to take to keep yourself healthy and mentally fit? 

Without using our awareness, we tend not to notice such processes in their details, as we are often so preoccupied with our own thoughts and feelings that there is no time left for observations in real-time.

Are you aware of the mental wellness scale?

There are two ends to the mental wellness scale – at the one end there are the problems that demand a reactive approach (dealing with the problem after it has appeared, such as treatment) and on the other end, there are 'mental superpowers'. The last is an arena of mental well-being and productivity, that we have only begun to discover.

Activities that support mental wellness are not only beneficial for your health, these activities also lead to opening up your inner superpowers (see the right side of the mental health scale on the graph below). Those are the actual inner powers that support personal initiative and productivity.


Self-leadership – leading by example

We see that intrapersonal skills form the very foundation of self-improvement and all leadership skills. Many leaders have said that it is easy to manage things, but not people.

Leadership is, above all leading, by your own example. In that sense, we can say that interpersonal skills and intrapersonal skills are linked, when you know how to lead yourself, leading others becomes easy. When your intrapersonal communication is precise, your communication with others becomes clear, well-intended, and clearly targeted.

Five intrapersonal skills examples that benefit leaders and entrepreneurs are:

  1. Holding focus on the task at hand as long as needed;
  2. Purposeful and rational thinking;
  3. Analysis and solution-focused problem solving;
  4. Accessing creativity and insights, so that you can innovate;
  5. Differentiating the important from the less principal side factors and setting priorities etc. 

Those are just a few, the actual intrapersonal skills list is long and you can find out more on our homepage section that opens up the definition of and how those inner skills support different areas of your life.

The shift from people management to leadership

There has been a huge paradigm shift from management to leadership. We now consider it quite normal that people need leadership. Leadership can be defined as a personal initiative based on using awareness as one's guidance to look upon situations and notice solutions where others fail to see them.

We see that intrapersonal skills formulate a base for all practical leadership skills. However, first, you need to learn to lead yourself. Excellent self-leadership then allows you to lead others and external processes.

When you know how beneficial leading your own inner processes can be, you are keen and interested to share this with your team members. When they also learn awareness-based intrapersonal skills, you can see the rise of employee engagement and productivity.

What role do intrapersonal skills play for leaders?

By understanding yourself better, you can lead people and different processes that you face at work, be it related to managing activities in time or linking those processes so that your ambitions stay aligned with an agreed vision and business plan.


If you need people in your team to lead themselves and others, their internal automatisms need reduction. It is easiest to start by enabling them to have a first-hand experience of what is awareness. Once they know that awareness formulates a solid base for all intrapersonal skills.

When people become aware of their situation and obtain good mental wellness, they can find ways to take more and more personal initiative. It is your key to improving your team's performance and productivity. And Wellness Orbit e-trainings enable to open this up by supporting intrapersonal fitness.


5 reasons why the personal initiative is valuable for your team: 


1.  A more aware person who is capable of personal initiative is also more responsible for what he or she does. And as it is a well-known fact, personal responsibility is the key to employee engagement and productivity.

2. The initiative opens up the road to new innovation and new inventions as people notice new ways to improve existing processes and behavior patterns.

3. Understanding awareness and obtaining basic intrapersonal skills enables the use of one's initiative to obtain good and healthy lifestyle patterns and thus formulates a solid base for mental wellness.

4. The initiative has always distinguished the true professional from an unengaged employee and a true leader or entrepreneur from a passive follower.

5. Possessing basic intrapersonal skills enables us to create a sustainable foundation for our health, work, private life, and society. Our intrapersonal competencies allow us to become more universal, linking our inter and intra personal skills, so that we can thrive.


Conclusion – personal development can be seen as the foundation for HR training

Using intrapersonal skills means that we take full control over our lives and accept that we, as individuals, are responsible for all our own actions.

Every business owner, team leader, and HR manager dreams of employees who take initiative, act responsibly, and are capable to stay focused and be productive. 

When we understand the importance that personal initiative truly has, we can solve the mental wellness and productivity challenges at one time. The personal initiative, in this context, can be seen as a practical 'tool' or intrapersonal skill. 

Our initiative gives us the freedom to be good at what we do. It delivers the results that we need when we start any processes that should matter to us – be it related to work, holiday, or family life.

Do you want to have thriving individuals who love initiative?

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This blog post is by Kaur Lass