A Key to Preparing

If you prepare yourself successfully then you will be ready for opportunity when it comes. I have found many people often over estimate the event and under estimate the process of preparing for the event. To be and stay ahead getting ready for the next level or opportunity is essential. This happens when we focus our time to prepare ourselves. I have found at least 4 reasons a person does not prepare themselves:

They believe their current level of skills and talents will allow them to move forward.

They don’t see or understand the value of preparing themselves for the future.

They become comfortable and rest on their current level of successes and achievements.

They are not willing to put the time and energy into preparing themselves.

One of my favorite preparing quotes is by Seneca who said, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” The people who are successful and have achieved great things are often called lucky, when in fact it has usually taken them years to get to where they are today. They have prepared themselves in their personal strengths and talents while focusing on their purpose and passions. Then when they begin to gain fame and wealth, people look at the results instead of the preparation. Everyone wants better results but not everyone is willing to pay the price to get those results.

The price to prepare and start doing those things that will lead you toward success and the next level is high. It requires time, effort, energy, consistency, focus, and discipline. The key to being prepared for opportunity is to daily move in the direction of your desired destination. To daily focus on the things that will allow you to be prepare for when opportunity happens.

Question: How are you preparing yourself for future opportunity’s?

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  • Great post, Dan! No one becomes an overnight success. It’s the day-to-day preparation and application that leads one to great success.

    • Joe,

      Agreed. It’s our daily steps that lead us to success or staying stagnant. Thank you for reading and sharing.

  • Great post, Dan. It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking life should be easy. Always good to have a reminder that we need time, energy, effort, discipline, etc – all those non-fun words! Thanks for the encouraging post.

    • Barb,

      Glad to remind everyone(including myself) to focus on preparing self. All of those “non-fun words” can lead us to success and the next level. Thank you for sharing.

  • Dan, great post! It’s sort of like an athlete preparing themselves for the professional ranks. They start in little league and are still practicing, then jr high and high school still practicing and preparing, then College still practicing, then after all those years the Pros. It’s the same for us, we have to prepare for years before we can see opportunity come our way. Darren Hardy talks about momentum and how to get it in his book the Compound effect, it’s the same way you mention by preparing. I am taking those small steps also so that when opportunity strikes I am lucky also. Great post!

    • Lincoln Parks,

      What a great example of preparing. It takes practice to move to the next level. I’ll have to check out Darren’s book, it sounds great. Thank you for sharing your insights on this topic.

  • Dan…your first two lines are so strong!

    “If you prepare yourself successfully then you will be ready for opportunity when it comes. I have found many people often over estimate the event and under estimate the process of preparing for the event.”

    Fantastic stuff!!

    You asked: “How are you preparing yourself for future opportunities?”

    I try to “Lead My Life From Quiet” most mornings by practicing a few of these 6 B’s. Check it out… http://www.liveitforward.com/6-bs-lead-your-life-from-quiet/

    • Kent,

      Glad you liked those lines. It’s an important principle we all need to know and apply.

      I’ll check out your morning practices. Looking forward to learning from you more.

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing.

  • Dan, there is a department that has a lot of overlap with mine. I am trying to learn as much as I can about that one because that department head is nearing retirement. Our direct manager and I have had conversations about me combining them at some point in the future.

    • Larry,

      It sounds like your doing a great job with learning and getting prepared for the potential merge. I hope everything works out and your able to be in charge of both areas.

      Thank you for sharing.

  • Well said. The ones who strive and persevere when no one else is looking and not for the others acceptance, but because of their inner drive, are the ones who the world looks at and says or thinks, “They’re just lucky”! Funny how the pattern of success seems to keep happening to the “lucky” huh?

    The first few points are spot on… Complacency breeds failure…

    • Floyd,

      It does take an “inner drive” to do the things that will allow you to be prepared for opportunity’s.

      Totally right about being “lucky.” Everyone has the potential to be “lucky” if they prepare daily and do the things others aren’t will to do. Thank you for adding more value to the discussion.

  • “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” Absolutely! “Fail to plan = planning to fail” comes to mind in this case.

    • Totally true Stephen!!! The key is to be prepared and ready. Thank you for reading and sharing.

  • Love your thoughts Dan!

    I am preparing for future’s opportunities by working in my “personal strengths and talents as i focus on my purpose and passions”. (couldn’t have put it better than you!)

    Lack of preparation robs us of many opportunities for advancement as it freezes us on the spot.

    Great post!

    • Ngina,

      Those are great ways to prepare. Glad to hear your focusing on your strength, purpose, and passions.

      I like your statement about not preparing “freezes us on the spot.” It’s totally true.

      Keep preparing and moving forward. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  • I’m preparing by increasing my skill level and learning new techniques. I’m hoping to launch an eBook or two in the near future and by researching how others have successfully done it I’ll be well prepared when the time comes.

    • Joe,

      I can’t wait to read your eBook!!! What’s the topic(Or can you share that)? I’m doing the same thing. I have observed many other people who have launched an eBook successfully. Looking forward to seeing what the future has for us. Thanks for sharing.

      • I’ve got two ideas brewing at this time. One revolves around leadership and the other focuses on how to find a job. I need to set aside some time to actually work on them, so until then they’re just loose ideas.

        Will yours be on leadership or something else?

        • Both are great topics to write a book about.

          My eBook is going to be on why a persons should find, develop, and use their personal talents. I’m thinking about writing a Manifesto on Talents(10-15 pg.) and offering it for free then also have a workbook(The how) which I will then sell (for about $1-2 dollars). Then down the road writing a longer eBook(50-70 pg.) on finding, developing, and using your talents then helping others do the same.

          I’m stilling working on the first draft of the Manifesto but have also been observing and studying on how others have done it. Have you heard of Brendon Burchard? He has a must read book: The Millionaire Messenger.

          • Nice, can’t wait to see what you put out Dan. It should be great!

            I have heard about Brandon Burchard, quite a bit lately. Just ordered his new book Charge. I almost picked up Millionaire Messenger but haven’t yet. Good book?

            • I also just ordered his new book. Did you get his offer? Where you get the book for free if you pay for shipping? I only paid something like $7 for it. Plus it comes with free training videos.

              Yes it’s a great book. It shared how to make money sharing your advice/passions.

              • I did get in on that offer. I almost jumped in on the offer for Millionaire Messenger as well but wanted to read one book first.

                Glad to hear it’s a good read. I’ll look into picking it up in the future.

                • Sweet!!! I totally understand. Have a great night.

  • I prepare with proper planning. Things go a lot smoother with a plan.

    • Kimanzi,

      I totally agree with you. Planning is so important to preparing. Thank you for mentioning that aspect.

  • I’m preparing my developing my current skills, networking more, looking for more revenue streams and learning what it means to work for myself. I feel those areas will be huge in the next level of my life.

    • Jason,

      Great areas to focus on and prepare for. Looking forward to seeing where God takes you in the future. Thank you for reading ans sharing.

  • I’ve been thinking about that question lately. One of the things that I have been doing is networking more with the right people on subjects that interest me. I am also looking to develop some of my technical skills, i.e. advanced Excel, etc….

    • Juan Cruz,

      Networking is so important, I have found it really does help when it comes to moving forward. What areas interest you the most? Thank you for sharing.

  • I write and read daily, I want to learn and grow and make the most of every opportunity!

    • Great habits TC Avey. Thank you for sharing.

  • Dan, another great post. I am preparing myself by networking, reading different material and developing other streams of income. I believe that a lot of people don’t put in the necessary preparation because it requires committed and consistent work.

    • Bernard,

      I totally agree with you about people not wanting to put in the commitment or consistency. Those are two very important aspects of successful people. Thank you for reading and sharing.

  • Love the Seneca quote!

    • It’s a great quote. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

  • I think of it as investing and sowing seeds for the future. There’s always something we could to pave the way for a better tomorrow.

    • So true, Loren. I missed your comment until now, sorry.

  • Dan…great post. One of my core values is ‘be a lifetime student.’ The older I become the more I realize I know so little. It takes time to invest in yourself but the pay-off for you and your team is worth the investment.

    • Thank you Michael. That’s such a great core value. I also want to be a “life long student.” I think it’s so important when it comes to reaching our potential and accomplishing our purpose. Thank you for reading and sharing.