Prepare for Life

“Be prepared.” — Boy Scouts’ Motto

It’s a simple instruction. A user’s manual might expand this admonishment as, “Be mentally, physically, and emotionally ready and properly equipped and outfitted to act or refrain from acting before, during or after something positive or negative does or does not occur.” The Boy Scouts said it better.

Being prepared begins with understanding what might happen and the potential consequences if it occurs. This is followed by making an appropriate plan.

“Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.” — Unknown

“It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.”
— Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower

Being prepared for battle, fire, sickness, recession, flood, lay-off, and the other negative stuff is only one part of the equation. It is equally important to be ready for opportunity.

“We are continually faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.” — John W. Gardner

“A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.”
— Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (1893 – 1986)

“It’s not the will to win that matters…everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.” — Paul “Bear” Bryant

Planning and urgency go hand-in-hand. “Wait, I’m not ready!” is an ineffective response to the sudden appearance of either disaster or opportunity.

“But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.” — Bible, Matthew 24:43

“Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.” — Napoleon Hill

“It is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow.” — Aesop (620 BC – 560 BC), The Ant and the Grasshopper

“It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.” — Mark Twain

Responsible living is all about preparation. Many things will happen in the next moment, the next month, the next year, and in the next decade. The possibilities are both foreseen and unforeseen including vacation, relocation, separation, trepidation and expectation. That’s why the Boy Scouts say, “Be Prepared!”

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” — Colin Powell

P.S.  If the importance of professional development resonates in your heart and conscience, you might be interested in my on-line courses in one or more of these five areas: Productivity, Professionalism, Relationships, Leadership and Faith.  Click HERE for more information.


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