You can either be a proactive person or reactive person. Which do you choose? Proactive people in Stephen Covey’s Book are folks who are living their lives responding to situations through the decision making process rather than automatic responses based on conditions. Reactive people tend to live their lives based on letting conditions determine their reactions. A proactive person won’t truly be able to call themselves as such until they can honestly say that they are who they are right now because of the choices they have made up to this point.