When you prepare for the future, you position yourself to take advantage of unexpected opportunities. But many people fail to prepare, either because they don’t see the value of preparation before action, or they fail to appreciate the value of discipline.
1. Preparation allows you to tap into your talent. Identifying what needs to be done, gathering materials, setting aside time, all enable you to bring your “A game” to the table.
2. Preparation is a process, not an event. It is a continuous developing of your skills, knowledge, and abilities, which add up over time. It isn’t just preparing once, but continuously.
3. Preparation Precedes opportunity. If you want to take advantage of your opportunities, you must be prepared when they arise. Once the opportunity presents itself, it is too late to prepare.
4. Preparation for tomorrow begins with the right use of today. If you believe that your success tomorrow depends on your right use of today, you will treat today differently. Preparing today means you won’t be repairing tomorrow!
5. Preparation requires continually good perspective. Understanding the importance of preparation and the difference it makes will motivate you to prepare today for what you may encounter tomorrow.
6. Good preparation leads to action. It is possible to over-prepare to the point of failing to act. Preparation is not about knowing all the answers; it means putting yourself in a better position to succeed.
Preparation in Action
1. Good preparation always begins with Assessment: Knowing what you should be doing, what it will cost you in time, energy, and resources, what obstacles you will face, and what your limitations are.
2. Alignment: Find a mentor or coach who is better than you who can keep you on track and focused on the right things.
3. Attitude. Visualize success—believe in yourself and what you are doing. Remember that your daily work lays the groundwork for future opportunities.