Preparation Meets Opportunity

Hello Friends,

I hope you are all doing well. Our daily quote comes from Confucius. He was a Chinese philosopher who was know for speaking about personal and governmental morality. He focused on the correctness of social relationships, justice, and sincerity. We can take a lot from what this great philosopher had to teach us and apply it to our own lives. Here's one...

"Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure."

This quote is so true in respect to my own personal experience. One exercise that all motivational speakers and others tell you do as a prelude to success is to set goals and to actually write them down. This has always been hard for me. Sometimes when I sit down to write them I know what I want but don't know how to get there.

Setting realistic goals starts you on the right track to success. As you set goals and achieve these goals, you are actually preparing yourself for when you reach your ultimate goal. Each step in the process brings you closer, makes you wiser, and brings a sense of confidence that one should have when fulfilling a dream.

Some of us look at successful people and say that they just got lucky and fell into a good opportunity. I don't believe in luck anymore. Luck is nothing more than preparation and opportunity come together.

For example, some people say that a lot of the amazing shots that Michael Jordan made were luck. You know the layups where he's off balance, not facing the basket, about to fall into the crowd type shots. The truth of the matter is that Jordan was a gym rat. He was always practicing. That is what set him apart from other players. He would actually practice those shots. He would practice shooting from awkward positions. He knew that if he practiced this as well as regular fundamentals, when the opportunity called for a spectacular play, he was prepared, not lucky.

Such is with our lives. We should be constantly practicing for success. Like Jordan we should try never to have an "off" day. We should always strive for the knowledge that will take us to where we want to go, so when the opportunity comes instinctively we can "take the shot."

Thank you for listening. Now tell me "In Your Own Words."


Mama Sweet Cheex said...

Well now Confusious also says 'Man with itchy ass has stinky finger!'
Thanks for that thought.
I always have problems getting my ideas going. I have definitely found that when I write things down they seem more solid to me. As if before they were floating thoughts but once down on paper, they were like my hands placed in wet cement...only a moment before its 'set in stone'-so to speak.

Sometimes I think 'You are where you WANT to be' I think that reflects to all of us whether we want to accept it or not. Cause if you are not aiming for a goal to better yourself and working on figuring out how to get there, then you MUST be where you WANT to be.

Anonymous said...

There is nothing more fulfilling than seeing one's plans come to be true. As Americans, many times, we seek the fast reward. Such is what we are bombarded with in everyday life...Fast food, fad diets, drive through liquor stores....and the list goes on and on. It takes so much effort in today's world to dedicate ones' self to success and deal with all the obstacles that will inevitably be thrown in our way. By setting goals, whatever they may be, we may begin attempting to break out of the monotony of our lives. It is too easy to go through each day as we did the day before it. Change is only as far away as our imagination allows. Keep in mind that the majority of millionaires have declared bankruptcy a few times before "making it rich". That's not to say that all that matters is money. Quite the contrary is true. Any goal you set should be all that matters to you. Do not let anyone or anything get in your way. Life is too short to not go after what you set as a goal. An excercise that is helpful is to write a lietter to yourself spelling out goals and where you see yourself in several months. Place it in an envelope and seal it. If you can, give it to a friend with instructions to mail it to you in 6 months. When you receive and open your letter it is a good way to re-evaluate what you have accomplished and what still needs to be accomplished.

In the mean time. Be thankful for every day you are alive on this planet. Be thankful that you can see, walk, talk and taste. THings seem so simple but just imagine if you could not do one or all of these things. We are surrounded by blessings, we just need to open our eyes.

God Bless