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If You Want to Win, Begin with Superior Preparation

Imagine having to climb a 100ft. high mountain. Would you simple show up for climbing without prior training or without carrying the proper equipment required? Because if you do that, you’ll probably never reach the top (quite literally), or you may end up hurting yourself.  You would start your adventure when you feel you are ready (not motivationally, motivation comes every morning, and goes after an hour). When are you ready? You are ready when you are prepared. What is preparation?  Preparation is when you start working for something in advance- a test, a presentation, a race, a trek, or even a marriage. Why should we prepare in advance? (and why not try our luck?) Because when we are not prepared, we usually don’t have much time to make use of all our skills to accomplish the task in hand, and we do what we can with whatever we already know. Why under-perform, when we can do much better?

How to prepare?
Well, the first you need to keep in mind is, every task you undertake, is important. Stop taking things for granted. When thing seem unimportant, you don’t make an effort to plan and prepare. Even if you don’t get immediate results, you will always gain some experience out of it and experience is what prepare you the long run.
The second thing to keep in mind is start making schedules for the day, the month and even the year. When you go to bed, you should have mental flowchart of what you will be doing the next day. Make notes, set alarms, mark the calendar, maintain a diary, or use sticky-notes. You should be able to handle things in a timely manner, because you can’t prepare effectively if you keep missing out or forget doing a few important jobs.
Apart from simply listing down what tasks you have to complete, you should be able to plan out the how. Realize what you have now, and what you want to achieve after some time. Plan, research, and prepare. Know what you want to get. While we usually focus on what good can happen if everything happens ideally, we tend to ignore what problems we can face. So find your obstacles, and two solutions for every obstacle.

One important key to success is self-confidence, and an important key to self-confidence is preparation. If you are low on confidence, you practice, you practice, you practice, till you feel perfect (you can only ‘feel’ perfect, because perfection is a myth; no one is perfect, everyone has flaws, and everyone makes mistakes). Spectacular achievements are always preceded by unspectacular preparations.

Plan.
Prepare.
Perform.
Today’s preparation is tomorrow’s success.

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