One of the reasons why people fail is because they didn’t prepare.
Doing is a simple decision. For example, I think I’ll publish an article about preparation vs. doing this Friday.
There’s only one catch: I need to write the article first (and possibly do some research, spend time editing, think about my social media strategy to increase my reach, and so on). That’s the preparation.
Have you ever decided you were going to do something, decided on a day, and on the day of truth nothing happened?
What happened? D-day came and you realized you were completely unprepared.
The person who says, “I’m going to workout first thing in the morning,” before he or she goes into the office only succeeds when they prepare the night before.
This could involve getting food and dishes ready to quickly make breakfast; getting a water bottle and gym clothes laid out or packed in a duffle bag; getting ingredients ready for a protein shake; making sure your iPod is fully charged; setting the alarm and going to bed early enough to be fully rested to get up in the morning to train.
All of these tasks require forethought and a plan of action – preparedness.
The person who says, “I’m going to eat healthy every day,” learns about what to eat, when to eat, buys healthy groceries to have food available in the fridge and cupboards and prepares meals in advance.
Each day before work, or the night before, Amber creates her meal plan by packing up various meats, vegetables and possibly carbs in Rubbermaid type containers. She brings her prepared meals to work so that she can eat healthy food on a regular schedule.
When she eats out for a business lunch or dinner, she reviews the menu in advance online. She decides if this will be a cheat meal or a clean meal. Part of being prepared allows her to know when she can splurge on calories or eat a meal richer than normal.
If her current goal is weight-loss she may choose a broth-based soup as an appetizer (skipping the bread basket or asking the server not to bring one to the table) to help her feel more full before the main course. This is how she prepares herself so that she does not overeat.
If she hasn’t worked out that day, she may choose not to order any starchy carbs like pasta, rice, potatoes or bread. She might eat a salad as a main course with grilled or BBQ chicken breast, fresh salmon or sliced fillet of steak. Or she chooses a main course meal, but asks the waiter to double the vegetables and omit the rice. She may go so far as to ask for olive oil instead of butter for cooking.
What if you have something you know you want to achieve, but are not sure how to resolve the possibility of being under or unprepared?
Will this take a lot of work? For example, cooking in bulk for a few hours once a week to make a week’s worth of meals (Do you know how to do this? Do you have all the ingredients? When will you buy the groceries? Do you have the recipes?), or something easier to prepare for such as planning to get up 30 minutes earlier to do some cardio in your condo gym before anything else (see ‘the night before’ tasks above).
Wouldn’t it be awesome if life were so easy that when we decided to do something it would get done?
Such is not the case, but nothing great came from easy. Sometimes the things we want or need most require the most preparation, the most sweat, effort, frustration and tears. But more often than not the reward of accomplishment, the feeling of joy and satisfaction of achieving a new goal far outweighs all of the hard work to get there.
Get prepared and then take action.
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