Most people confuse being "Proactive" and being "Active". Being proactive is a three step process: 1. Want something. (Can’t figure out what you want? look at 10 people/things and look at the aspects of their lives you like/dislike.) 2. Figure out steps needed to get the something. (This is just problem solving). 3. Decide if the steps are something you are willing to do. (Deciding this is important). Do it, or repeat process. The nice thing about this definition of proactive, is it is usually something that can be done in 5 minutes. And when referring to this time of being proactive, you should refer to it in past tense: "We were proactive, that is why we are doing this".