Do not eat peanut butter before you are going to appear as a guest on a radio show.
The show was scheduled at my usual dinner time so I figured I had to eat something to hold me over, and what’s better than peanut butter on some whole grain toast for a quick snack, right?
I wound up spending about 15 minutes trying to make sure that my throat was clear. I guess maybe I should have added the jelly.
Go ahead, laugh, I did, because I felt like this . . .
This comedy of errors (okay, one error) led me to a few thoughts about being prepared and thinking ahead. We often evaluate or take on an opportunity without realizing all of the factors or preparation involved, which can affect whether or not the opportunity is a success.
We can’t be in the right place at the right time if we aren’t prepared for it, can we?
Some people only focus on the potential failure while others see only the potential success. They either don’t even attempt it or they get excited and go full speed ahead. If you only think one way or the other, it’s easy to see how any opportunity can either be dismissed entirely, or appear as one that seems like a sure thing.
And either direction will often result in failure.
It’s best to look at as many scenarios as possible, both good and bad. This way you can troubleshoot potential concerns and also design the paths that will lead to success and allow you to overcome any obstacles that you may encounter. Poke at it to see how it could potentially fail. If you don’t know all that it takes, then how can you be fully prepared for any opportunity?
“Failure to prepare is preparing to fail“ ~Benjamin Franklin
No one enjoys the feeling of failure, but we should also consider how we feel when we aren’t fully prepared for an opportunity and how that could lead to failure.
If I told you that tomorrow you were going to fight Mike Tyson, how would you feel? If you haven’t been training your entire life to get in the ring with someone, let alone one of the best fighters in history, I’m sure you would be a little fearful, even though Tyson is not in his prime. When he was in his prime, most boxers still feared him even though they actually trained for this type of event. Why the fear? Because even though they were physically prepared to fight Mike Tyson, they were not mentally prepared. And therefore they were not as confident as they could have been when stepping into the ring. They were usually beat before they started. Does that sound familiar? A lack of preparedness can lead us into feelings of hesitation or fear. Neither of which are a great emotional state to be in when you are trying to create success.
Alfred Adler’s quote sums it up nicely.
“Imperfect preparation gives rise to the thousand-fold forms that express physical and mental inferiority and insecurity.” ~Alfred Adler
When my niece first went to college and her mid terms were looming, I asked her if she was nervous. She said (paraphrased) “no, I studied, I’m totally ready.”
Preparation can protect against stress, fear and hesitation.
Here are a few ideas on what preparation might include:
- Setting goals
- Getting organized
- Visualizing success
- Create and adhere to a schedule
- Leaving early for work or an appointment
- Staying up to date with news or changes within your industry
- Knowing your products and services including what the competition offers
- Asking other people (that you trust) if they see any flaws, risks or major deal breakers in the opportunity
- Having your coffee or reading the paper before the day starts. If you usually have coffee at work, get there early, have it on your time not on company time. If you have it at home, do it before the tasks start. In other words, do not let anything interrupt your priorities or tasks. (This is connected to creating a schedule and goals)
- Getting psyched up before you meet with co workers or clients
- Not having peanut butter too close to showtime : )-
Set aside some time to sit down and create a list of what it will take for you to be prepared for success. It doesn’t matter if it’s at your current job, in your personal life, regarding weight loss or some new venture.
- What obstacles may you encounter?
- How do you overcome them?
- How can you consistently improve?
When you start looking for solutions you will find them. Create a plan, and eliminate the possibility of failure by evaluating all of your options, no matter how long it takes, do it. And hey, if you get hungry, there’s always peanut butter.
Rock Star Life Coach & Sales Trainer