I’ve run across an amazing statement that has greatly impacted me over the past month. Here it is:
Your level of EXPECTATION determines your level of PREPARATION.
It is so true.
- If you are excited about going on a date with your spouse, you will PREPARE for it. You will plan the location, activities, and food. You will clean up and dress up. You will be on time. Conversely, if you aren’t excited about it, you won’t spend any time preparing for it and will be content with the “Where do you want to go? I don’t know. Where do YOU want to go?” type of approach.
- If you are pumped about starting a new business, you will PREPARE for it. You will have a detailed business plan that includes pro-forma income statements, executive summaries to present to potential investors, a SWOT Analysis, and be actively learning everything you need to know about the product or service you will offer, necessary suppliers, and your future customers. If you don’t expect to really start a business, you will be content with saying, “I really want to start a business one day.” And that “one day” will never happen.
- If you expect to win with money, you will PREPARE for it. You will prepare and live by a written monthly budget. It will be your top priority to give, save, and invest money. You will be extremely cautious with debt. You will devour books, blogs, and seminars about investing, saving, and maximizing your overall portfolio. If you don’t really expect to win with money, you will be content with saying, “I just need to make more money to succeed.”
Hear me clearly on this: Your level of EXPECTATION determines your level of PREPARATION.
- Review your calendar and checkbook. Do they reveal activity that shows you are truly preparing to accomplish your expected goals?
- What is one change you can make today that will begin to make a difference in your life tomorrow?