Almost every one of us has heard the expression “going the second mile”. You almost…
Tip of the Week
Tip: Preparation is the key!
We all enjoy going to events like ballgames, movies and going out to eat. We often forget, however, that it is the preparation that goes into those events that is the key to making them a success. Ballplayers don’t just show up on the field one day and become good athletes. They spend thousands of hours preparing themselves so that they can perform well when game time comes. Movies don’t just magically happen either. Actors and all of those who work behind the scenes spend incredible amounts of time practicing their trade in order to make the end product enjoyable for the audience. Those who run restaurants also spend a lot of time and money on décor and food preparation so that going out to eat is a pleasant experience. The key to it all is preparation!
Think about farming; a farmer would not plant seeds without first adequately preparing the earth to nurture and nourish those seeds. The ground must be tilled and fertilized before the seed is sown. Planting would be wasted effort without the preparation.
And, who of us can forget all of the countless hours we spent studying for an exam that may have lasted only thirty or forty minutes? Yet it took those extra hours of study and preparation in order to do well. I think you get my point.
We all enjoy the end product of these things, but the work that it takes to get there is often unseen. Few people realize the hours and hours of work that goes into making such events successful.
However, even with all of our preparation, we still cannot guarantee that everything will turn out as we would like. Farmers can prepare the soil and plant the seed, but they cannot make the sun shine or the rain fall. There are some circumstances that are outside of our control that also must happen in order for our efforts to be successful. But, if we don’t do our part by preparing, we will not have any chance at all.
I believe it was Abraham Lincoln who once said that the definition of work was when preparation met with opportunity. He would often say, “Work hard and prepare yourself and your time will come.” I believe he was right.
Just prior to their trip to the Olympics, our representing athletes were addressed by former President Reagan who said, “You, ladies and gentlemen, perhaps more than anyone else, understand that the will to win pales in comparison to the will to prepare to win!” There it is again…preparation.
Now, let’s get to where the rubber meets the road. What is it that you secretly wish for? What is the cry of your heart? What is it that needs to happen in your own personal life that you have not shared with anyone else? Do you know what I believe? Whatever it is, the key is preparation. Magic is called magic for a reason. There is a “trick” involved; a slight of hand or deception. There is no trick to preparation. It involves hard work, dedication, thinking and planning ahead, and facing challenges along the way. Yet, it pays such rich dividends not only in our own lives, but also in the lives of those who reap the benefit of our preparation.
I don’t know what you are facing or what the next challenge in your life will be, but my advice would be to prepare yourself. Even when no one is looking, put in the time. Put in effort. Put in the energy. And, when the work that you have done in secret comes to light, it will be evident that you are a winner and it will be because you took the time to be prepared.
Feel free to share this with your children and the younger generation. It could mean the difference between failure and success in their life. Anyone who has a little wisdom under their belt certainly understands this principle!
Tip: Preparation is the key!
Have a great week! God bless you!
Dr. Robert A. Rohm