“…the deepest principle of human nature
– William James, A Letter to Radcliffe College, April 6, 1896.
“…the person who doesn’t read is no better off than
– Zig Ziglar, “Better Than Good”, p. 123.
“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” — Seneca, Roman philosopher
It’s amazing how much better timing seems when we’re prepared. It would seem obvious that preparation begets confidence, which begets action, which begets success. But, if it’s so obvious, why do people spend so little time preparing?
“I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often.” — Brian Tracy
“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” — Winston Churchill
“I am a great believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the more I have of it.” — Thomas Jefferson
In modern times, personal development has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry that has produced countless tools and techniques, including: books, magazines, Internet, CDs, DVDs, college education, night classes, seminars, sermons, lectures, computer-based training, on-the-job training, journaling, memorization, puzzles, mentors, ad infinitum. Although I love to read, I am a big-time advocate of CDs. They allow me to turn my car into a mobile classroom. Combining driving and learning takes some of the sting out of $4 per gallon gasoline. Come to think of it, my car has also been used to conduct meetings, eat meals, place calls, check email, change clothes, store stuff and take naps (not all of which occurred while consuming gasoline.)
A good preparation strategy focuses attention on the the four aspects of being human: intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual. Together, the following quotes about preparation address all four.
“Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.” — John Adams
“A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner, so if one’s life is cold and bare he can blame none but himself.” — Louis L’Amour (1908 – 1988), ‘Bendigo Shafter’
“Read something positive every night and listen to something helpful every morning.” — Tom Hopkins
“Success favors the prepared mind.” — Louis Pasteur
“Exercise alone provides psychological and physical benefits. However, if you also adopt a strategy that engages your mind while you exercise, you can get a whole host of psychological benefits fairly quickly.” — James Rippe, M.D.
“To resist the frigidity of old age one must combine the body, the mind and the heart – and to keep them in parallel vigor one must exercise, study and love.” — Karl von Bonstetten
“A good exercise for the heart is to bend down and help another up.” — Anonymous
“Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.” — W. Somerset Maugham (1874 – 1965)
“Too many people confine their exercise to jumping to conclusions, running up bills, stretching the truth, bending over backward, lying down on the job, sidestepping responsibility and pushing their luck.” — Author Unknown
“And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment.” — Bible, Mark 12:30
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