I believe we all have had, some time in our lives, these two experiences.
In one situation, whether its taking a test, or giving a speech, we come into it, unprepared. For whatever reason, we didn’t prepare and we go into that event nervous, stressed, and not confident. We knew we blew it and we can just hope we can wing it, well enough to get by.
In the other situation, again, whether its taking a test, or giving a speech, we go into it well-prepared. We almost go in with a cockiness because we know our stuff. We are at ease, almost anxious, and definitely feeling like “we got this”.
What’s the obvious difference–it’s the preparation that was put in.
To me this subject of being prepared is one of the most powerful activities leading to success and the applications for it are almost limitless. Sure there are the tests, and speeches, but what about anticipating how you will act when you walk in the doors of your home after a long day at work. Will you take your work troubles home with you or will you be able to leave it at the door, so that you can concentrate on the needs and opportunities of your family.
What about doing your preparation work before you start a home project that you don’t have to run back to the store mid-way through your work?
What about preparing a personal budget ahead of time so that when you near the end of the month, you are not caught up in that awful feeling that you have no more money to pay the monthly bills?
Think about your life—this day, in what areas of your life can you do a better job at preparation?
“spectacular achievement is always preceded by spectacular preparation” Robert H. Schuller