Basketball legend, sports announcer and avid tweeter, Bill Walton said, “failing to prepare is preparing to fail!”
If you look at all the great athletes and business people in the world today, they all speak about preparation. You can have talent, charisma and natural ability but without preparation, you will never reach your full potential.
Everyone likes the spotlight and having their name in lights but few people take the time to work at getting truly prepared. It doesn’t matter how smart you are, how witty you are or how skilled you are. If you don’t put the time and preparation into “it”, whatever “it” is for you will not be what it could have been. I am not speaking of drive or even hard work; I am talking about the discipline it takes to really prepare.
Many people would rather make excuses then take the time to prepare. How many times have you heard or even spoken these words:
· We were robbed
· It wasn’t fair
· They were just better than we were
· It wasn’t a level playing field
Maybe we should change our vocabulary to:
· I wasn’t ready
· I didn’t pay the price
· I knew I needed more time
· What was I thinking
Boxing great Joe Frazier said, “If you don’t show up in the gym in the dark, it will show in the ring under the lights.”
What is it that you have been giving half the effort in your life?
What is it that you are just “winging”?
Preparation is the difference maker – Preparation really is everything!