Consider the following ideas for lighting the fire of initiative in your daily work life:
☛ Always be alert for ways to make something work better. Make the suggestion. Volunteer to take ownership for getting it done.
☛ Take it upon yourself be the first to adopt and implement the newest company policy.
☛ Stay alert for ideas to simplify processes and find new and better ways of doing things. Proactively suggest those improvement ideas. Be the example for implementing those processes.
☛ Stay alert for ways to save money and reduce costs. Raise your hand to communicate those suggestions as quickly as possible.
☛ Reach out to colleagues and team members who need help.
☛ Be the first to volunteer for those tough projects and assignments.
☛ Always think ahead. Preempt likely obstacles with well-thought-out plans that take those obstacles into consideration.
☛ Provide, in advance, the answers to the questions you know are going to be asked. "Think like your boss/manager" and consider all deliverable from their perspective before you submit them. Always review your work from the elevation of "30,000 feet."
☛ Always do your homework, always be prepared. Read the material in advance, research the subject matter in advance, dig in and immerse yourself in the topic at hand.
☛ Deal with problems immediately, take action and be decisive. Get it done and get it behind you as quickly as possible.