Always Be Preparing..
If progression is as important to you as it is to me… you must always be preparing. If you want to be better at whatever it is that you’re doing, prepare. Coaching legend Bobby Knight said.. “Everyone has the will to win, but those who have the will to prepare to win are the ones who actually do.” Simple enough… now how do you apply it?
Unless you are legitimately satisfied with everything in your life (I don’t know how anyone could be) then you can ALWAYS prepare for something to help make it better. Find out what it is that interests you, motivates you… what your dream is. How are you going to take the next step within your company.. starting a business.. learning a language.. traveling.. helping others.. losing weight. What is on your mind when you daydream, or when people ask you what you REALLY want to do.
Thinking about it and visualizing it are great exercises… but taking that first action step in preparing to make it real is what few people actually do. I’ve played and coached on a few basketball teams in my life. The simplest analogies for me are sports. Any team I have ever heard of wants to win. Of course you play the sport because you enjoy it and it’s fun… but if you don’t want to win… what are you really doing?
All teams talk about it… but how many individuals really treat each practice like it is the biggest practice of their life? How many teams hold each other accountable for watching game film instead of playing video games? How many coaches honestly communicate what it will take to actually be successful? How many players visualize game situations in their head so that they are prepared for them what they step between the lines? How many players are literally drenched in sweat and hunched over after practice because they gave every ounce of energy they had and physically cannot give anymore. When I played… that just came naturally. I was going to do whatever I could, every day, to get an edge. I think that’s a rare characteristic among most people, along with athletes… even professionals.
Prepare yourself. Educate yourself about what it will take to go where you want to go. Wake up EARLY. Take advantage of the day. Reach out to people. None of this is hard! Ultimately it comes down to being lazy I think…
“I can’t relate to lazy people. We don’t speak the same language. I don’t understand you. I don’t want to understand you.” – Kobe Bryant.
That is a powerful quote. Kobe is a prime example of someone who prepares better than anyone else. He was gifted with a skill set and athletic ability… but so is everyone else in the NBA. He took his work ethic to a place that no one else comes close to. He took his mental approach to a different planet.
If you are willing to do that in your life, with whatever it is you want to accomplish, you will make it happen. Start preparing yourself today… today is the biggest day of your life, and guess what? So is tomorrow.
No one ever regretted working hard… ever. Being Relentless Always Wins.