Preparation Makes the Difference

Preparation Makes the Difference

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“The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory is of the Lord.” ~ Proverbs 21:31

“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” ~ John C. Maxwell

Success in any endeavor requires adequate preparation because when you fail to plan you plan to fail. Having faith and belief that you can do something is an important first step in any undertaking. Without faith you’re doomed to fail before you even get started. That faith should be followed through with massive action in order to make your dreams a reality.

A big part of making that happen is having a plan of action to follow and then executing it step by step until you have done all that needs to be done. Results will follow when you take action.


Have you ever had moments in your life when you were so fired up about something that you wanted but didn’t really know what to do next? I guess it has happened to most of us. I have come to understand that a confused mind does nothing, and when you do nothing you get nothing. What we should understand is that having dreams is only the first step; the dreams do not work themselves out.

Having a plan of action outlines how the dreams are going to be realized through a step by step process. So what’s important is taking action by following the plan of action step by step and little by little you start to see the results. I remember a concept from the book, “The Power of Positive Thinking,” by Norman Vincent Peale, which goes, “Prayerize. Picturize. Actualize.” Every step is important but understand that actualizing is what brings the results.

Focus on the right things

We live in a world that is less than perfect and not everything always goes according to plan. Some things are beyond our control and they do affect the outcome of our goals. Many times this leads to frustration because we want things to happen in our own way. The only reason why frustration sets in is due to the tendency to focus on the parameters we have no control over.

The key to happiness and satisfaction is focusing on the things that you have total control over and leaving the rest to God. For example, athletes can practice, go to the gym, and eat the right kinds of food to stay in good shape. They have little control over the weather conditions when match day comes but their preparation serves them well by helping them identify ways to adjust themselves to make the conditions work in their favor. This is what we call setting the sails.

Enjoy the Journey

Following a plan of action does not guarantee success but not having one at all guarantees failure. By taking action you may not get all that you want but you are likely to get all that you need and have a sense of accomplishment. The journey IS THE PRIZE, and not the actual outcome.

What you become by achieving your goals is so much more valuable than the actual goal itself. Be grateful for what you have, appreciate the people you meet along the way and all the good things in life. This is what makes life worth living because at the end of the day, life is a journey.

Be all you can be!

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