My apologies, in advance, for the long set up on this, but I think its really important that you “get it” as to my focus in writing today’s post—its about “being ready”.
Think about the confidence you have when you have prepared for every possible scenario you can think of for the upcoming meeting. How much more likely will there be a positive outcome at that meeting?
Think about the confidence you will have to face your opponent this weekend after an in-depth week of studying film and multiple practices designed to take advantage of your team’s strengths, and your opponent’s weaknesses. How much more likely will there be a positive outcome for your team at this weekend’s game?
Last one, this evening, you are going to have a talk with a friend over a very troubling matter that has brought tension to your relationship for many months. Tonight will be a time for you to hopefully work through it with this person. How much more likely will there be a positive outcome for you if you prepare your heart and mind to what you need to say, and how you should say those things?
The common issues in all these three of these scenarios is that preparing ourselves ahead of time will increase our chances of success. Who doesn’t want success? We all do, but how many of us are willing to do the things we need to ahead of time (I’m talking putting in hard work, establishing good habits, and making adjustments) and then follow through with those practices to experience, over time–some kind of victory?
All these thoughts come to mind after reading the book, “Sleep Smarter” by Shawn Stevenson. There are some books that I’ll work my way through. The read is fairly enjoyable, enough to hold my interest, but I need to labor through. This was not one of those books. It ranks up there with books like “Creativity, Inc.” by Ed Catmull, Patrick Lencioni books, or “Winning” by Jack Welch. I couldn’t wait to read this book. I was absorbed in it.
I have heard that sleep is important, just like I understand that exercise and eating fruits and vegetables are also important. However, this book blew me away with its thoroughness on bringing up data to support sleep’s importance. I wasn’t aware that having a better diet affected the quality of my sleep, or putting away electronic devices can help me have a better night’s rest, that good sex can help me have a better sleep, that waking up early can help me sleep better, etc.
I also appreciated Shawn’s presentation of his content. I never felt like I was a child being scolded and admonished about getting more sleep. Rather, I felt like I was being coached by someone who cares for me and wants me to be successful. Making adjustments in my life to get better sleep, I’m now convinced, will help me enjoy a better life.
Without a doubt, this is a book, I would highly recommend reading.
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