A lot of people scoff at today’s frequent use of the word “proactive”. It started to resurface in the early 1980’s when author Kenneth Blanchard used it in his bestselling book, The One Minute Manager.
The term Proactive had originally been coined by a Jewish prisoner during world war two. Since then the word and its use have evolved to mean "to act before a situation becomes a source of confrontation or crisis" vs. after the fact.
I like the word – it has a special meaning to me because when I have personally adopted a proactive pace in my own life, almost everything seems to go a little bit better and some things go a lot better.