What happens when you don’t prepare? Things you hoped won’t happen do happen—and they occur with greater frequency than the things you hoped would happen.
Preparation positions people correctly, and it is often the separation between winning and losing. Talent-plus people who prepare well live by this motto: “All’s well that begins well.”
WHY PEOPLE FAIL TO PREPARE
Talent wants to jump into action, but preparation positions talent to be effective. Talent plus preparation often leads to success.
Talent minus preparation often leads to disaster.
They Fail to See the Value of Preparation Before Action
Talent may be a given, but success you must earn.
“A man’s gift makes room for him.” – Proverbs 18:16
In other words, your talent will give you an opportunity. But you must remember that the room it makes is only temporary.
Preparation is a major key to achieving any kind of success. It alone can position your talent to achieve its potential.
“Preparedness is the key to success and victory.”
“The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.”
– General Douglas MacArthur
They Fail to Appreciate the Value of Discipline
It’s been said that discipline is doing what you really don’t want to do so that you can do what you really do want to do.
“Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.” – Henry Ford
1. Preparation Allows You to Tap into Your Talent
Every minute spent in preparation saves ten in execution.
- What work is to be done?
- How is it to be done?
- When is it to be done?
- Where is it to be done?
- How fast can it be done?
- What do I need to get it done?
2. Preparation Is a Process, Not an Event
Anything having to do with people is process-oriented.
“Leadership develops daily, not in a day.”
The best way to improve your team is to improve yourself.
“Don’t try to be better than somebody else, but never cease trying to be the best you can be.” – Joshua Wooden
3. Preparation Precedes Opportunity
“You can claim to be surprised once; after that, you’re unprepared.”
If you want to take advantage of opportunities to use your talent, then you must be prepared when the opportunities arise.
“The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his time when it comes.” – Benjamin Disraeli
“Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.” – Oprah Winfrey
“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.” – President John F. Kennedy
4. Preparation for Tomorrow Begins with the Right Use of Today
Your success will be determined by your ability to prepare,”
If you believe that your success tomorrow depends on what you do today, then you will treat today differently. What you receive tomorrow depends on what you believe today. If you are preparing today, chances are, you will not be repairing tomorrow.
5. Preparation Requires Continually Good Perspective
Perspective not only helps people prepare, but it can also motivate them to prepare.
If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six sharpening my ax.” – Abraham Lincoln
6. Good Preparation Leads to Action
“No plan is worth the paper it is printed on unless it starts you going.” – William Danforth
People who enjoy preparation sometimes find themselves caught in the trap of overpreparing, and they sometimes do so to the point that they fail to act.
Preparation does not mean mastery of the facts. It does not mean knowing all the answers.
It means putting yourself in a better position to succeed.
“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” – Arthur Ashe