Friday, August 23, 2013

On Purposeful Preparation

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Never let the reason for your second defeat be the same reason as your first defeat. Always think, "What is the prevention that needs to take place so that this doesn't happen again?"

Those are words that my former boss would constantly utter. She was on to something because she always seemed to be prepared to take care of any situation. And if she couldn't take care of the situation the first time, best believe that she was prepared to effectively deal with it the second time around. 

I always knew that preparation was one of the keys to success. (That sounds so cliché, I know.) But she really engrained in me the need for purposeful preparation in a very meaningful way.

I specifically noticed that this week as I started to feel a little anxious about September's arrival. With back-to-school stuff going on for Aiden and a more demanding schedule at work and freelancing and blogging and life, I tend to fall behind on a lot of things.

No doubt about it, the month of September has kicked my ass for the past two years.

But this year will be different. I'm getting things in order for September by plotting and planning. Purposefully.

I've got a schedule and weekly goals and I'm testing them out next week so that I'll be ready to kick ass once September 1st rolls around. It's going to be a good month, a productive month, a successful month.

I'm claiming it.

As Colin Powell says, "There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure."


  1. well said, I always have to check myself when I need to prepare...

    Xo, Megan,

  2. So true. I am trying my best to be prepared as well. There is nothing worst than being unprepared when you had time and the ability to do otherwise. Great post.

  3. You're on to something good. Hope this September will roll in smoothly for you two!

  4. And Colin Powell is right! I've been getting more purposeful in my preparations and setting goals for myself. It's amazing how much more productive and successful you can be when you apply yourself and the lessons learned from previous situations.

    Here's to a great school year and a successful September for us both!


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