It's All About the Data

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Preparation Separation

There is a football player, Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) that has a saying that goes:

The separation is in the preparation

We are used to catchy phrases used by sports teams to rev up their energy, etc.  However, Wilson walks the walk.

Other quotes about preparation

"Preparation is the key to success" - Alexander Graham Bell

"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe" - Abraham Lincoln

"Opportunity is a haughty goddess who wastes no time with those who are unprepared" - George S. Clason

So what are the strategies for excellent preparation.

  • Visualization:  Seeing is believing; it is the way the brain processes information.  By visualizing the key parts of the presentation, the game, the outcome and visualizing completion successfully,  you will increase the chance for success.
  • Study:  That is the part that is underestimated.  Nothing beats the studying part of success.  We all have things to learn, some things to study, concepts to absorb.
  • No time to waste:  Procrastination is the enemy to success.  Waiting does not bring success, letting someone else do it does not make success - being an active participant is the only way.  Personal accountability to the success is the grease of the success engine.

Russell Wilson is not the biggest guy, and would probably admit not the smartest, but he has outworked, and outperformed his way to a Super Bowl Championship.  What made him a champion, a success, was preparation - that endless desire to BE BETTER than he was the previous day.

What are we each doing to be more of a success each day and each opportunity?

David Haynes, PMP, is Director of Consulting at Ideate, Inc. (  David's experience is in providing companies with business process analysis and change implementation. @dhaynestech

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