PREPARATION (From The Voice)
“A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.” In order to have a successful journey, preparation is essential! Preparation equates to planning, and consequently precedes the first step. The actual journey is the process to a specific, pre-determined achievement. But, without the initial step, the journey can not be completed. Without preparation, a traveler does not have the physical, mental, or emotional resources to begin.
Can a student reasonably excel in the classroom without first doing homework? How about a new business venture? Without taking the time to develop a plan and secure necessary capital resources, can the venture reasonably expect to succeed? Of course, exceptions exist. Students earn A’s without studying for the test. Fortunes are made solely as a result of hard work and determined execution. A random drive results in reaching your destination. Such miracles occur in real life. But, miracles by definition rarely happen. In fact, if these processes represented the expected results then they would not be miracles.
To maximize the likelihood of success, great endeavors require great efforts. Great efforts begins with preparation. Mentally, success requires envisioning the expected outcome. “If you can conceive it, you can achieve it”. Preparation begins with the proper state of mind to pursue and reach individual goals. Preparation continues with the proper physical resources. Even if your journey involves writing the great American novel, or the next game-changing software application, physical preparation includes having at least a pen and paper, or a computer. Great ideas are not actionable if they are not captured.
Finally, preparation requires an emotional component. This emotion often reveals itself as an unyielding desire, or commitment. Without a commitment to achievement the journey will not be fruitful. Winners feel that they will win before the competition begins. “You gotta want it!” With a winning attitude, the physical tools and an intelligently prepared plan, success is clearly in the cross-hairs. Execution remains a necessary step. But, who can realistically hit a target without a loaded firearm and some idea how to fire it? Poor preparation promotes poor performance; poor performance promotes pain. Or loss, or worse. Prepare to excel. Prepare to win. Realize your achievement.