on (one's) own initiative

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on (one's) own initiative

Without requiring or having been given instruction, prompting, or guidance from others; by one's own effort or energy. Few things impress employers more than implementing business solutions on your own initiative. I just think Jennifer needs to do things on her own initiative more, instead of waiting to see what her boyfriend wants to do all the time.
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(do something) on your own iˈnitiative

do something which is your own idea, not a suggestion or an order from another person: Did you ask him to organize a meeting, or was it on his own initiative?
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on (one's) own initiative

Without prompting or direction from others; on one's own.
See also: initiative, on, own
References in classic literature ?
They did not fear getting into trouble for not fulfilling orders or for acting on their own initiative, for in battle what is at stake is what is dearest to man- his own life- and it sometimes seems that safety lies in running back, sometimes in running forward; and these men who were right in the heat of the battle acted according to the mood of the moment.