Doesn't this sound like an oxymoron? How can you possibly be active while you wait?
In Coaching, the focus is on the process before the results. Create the right process and the desired results will follow. We live in an instant gratification world. We want it and we want it now! We aren't trained to wait, even when circumstances force us to.
Last week, my beloved Lakers defended their NBA title and Sasha Vujacic (whom isn't my favorite) applied this principle. Up by two points with 13 seconds left, barely used Sasha gets fouled, steps to the free throw line and calmly sinks two free throws to go up by 4 points, eventually sealing the victory. After the celebration, a reporter stated that he saw Vujacic practicing free throws 3 hours before each game! He didn't get much playing time, but when his name was called, he was ready.
Let's apply this to your career. Unless you're Taylor Swift, these past couple of years haven't been as prosperous as you'd like. During the "down times", what are you doing to prepare yourself for the moment? Are you challenging yourself to learn something new? Actively building your network? Gaining experience in your field of choice on a volunteer basis?
There's much to do while you wait. The question is, "Are you ACTIVE while you wait?"
What are you doing to prepare for your moment of opportunity?