Have the initiative to reach out to others and continue a friendship or relationship. Don’t take it personally when people don’t reach back out to you—what did you expect them to do? You should aim to be the one with the initiative to care for others and think about others no matter what.
Initiative, in this sense, is not about keeping an opponent off guard. Instead, it’s being willing to to say thank you. To say hello just because you were thinking about someone. You know how awesome it feels to be on the other end of that…so do it for others! When you’re on the receiving end, you know that somebody else had the initiative to reach out to you, and that’s valuable in itself. Do that for others, and they will feel good, too.