words by: Kevin Bille
Hey, what’s the good word!
Preparation. 2020 is over and it’s time to prepare for 2021. I’m not sure many people will object to that!
To begin, I would define preparation as being there before you get there. Start by understanding that preparation trumps pressure; it fuels confidence and ensures excellence. You should also understand that preparation creates knowledge, and knowledge breeds confidence. Preparation is not a light switch you can just turn on whenever you feel like it; it’s more like a muscle that you have to work out daily to keep strong. Exercising this character trait allows you to be ready for the unexpected.
An example of someone who was prepared when he reached a difficult situation is David when he met Goliath. In the fight against Goliath, David was the underdog. But, because he was prepared, when it came time for David to face off against his hulking foe, he won.
As a former basketball coach, I understand that preparation is key in winning or losing games and building team culture. Not only are prepared teams successful, it’s also key to your own future and success. Preparation should be your separation.
Here are some suggestions on how to prepare. First, think training, not trying. As the Navy SEALs say, “we don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.” Next, think progress and not perfection. Learn from your mistakes because you can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending. Finally, think application, not information. Knowledge without application is like a book that is never read (or a muscle that’s never used!).
Keep in mind that there are “preparation killers” out there that you will want to avoid: adversity, procrastination, and complacency. Adversity is when you encounter a hardship that you did not plan for. We procrastinate when we know the result could be difficult. And when we are complacent, we feel safe in our routine and fail to change things up. Keep a check on complacency and the others by practicing the start/stop/keep doing exercise. This exercise is where you ask yourself these three questions: 1) What do I need to start doing? 2) What do I need to stop doing? 3) What do I need to keep doing?
Here’s some examples about how to use this exercise to prepare better in your life: Perhaps you need to start scheduling your week out on Saturday night or first thing Monday morning? Maybe you need to stop procrastinating about that big job and instead find a way to break it into smaller tasks? And hopefully you can keep doing your monthly team meeting, which is a way for your whole team to prepare for adversities that are thrown your way.
The start/stop/keep doing exercise is a practice in taking time to be there before you get there. Your preparation can be your separation, and you’ll be ready to face the giants that come your way!
Now that’s GOOD STUFF!
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