The Art of Preparation

practice.jpgMy football coach in High School used to preach that the way we practiced was the way we’d play in games. Football taught me a great deal about discipline and work ethic, and it certainly taught me about preparation. While I don’t play football anymore, I do give presentations, speak at meetings, meet new people, etc. The main thing I’ve learned about preparation is that Preparation=Confidence.

I wanted to share a few lessons my football coaches taught me that can help you prepare as well. They all boost your confidence and help you succeed when you need to most.

1. Know your plays: Know what you’re going to do and how you’re going to do it. If you’re giving a speech, know what you’re going to say and how you’re going to deliver it.

2. Learn the big picture: In football, things constantly change. If you stick too close to what you prepared for, you might get burned. Get used to the unpredictable.

3. Know your opponent: Who’s attending your meeting? What questions do you think you’ll be asked in your presentation? Know what’s going to happen before it does, and you will succeed.

4. Relax…but keep focused: The best athletes and speakers are relaxed. Notice how the best athletes always have a sense of composure. Their bodies are almost limp because they are relaxed, focused, and confident.

5. Don’t be afraid to win: If you stay too rigid, you won’t be able to do anything amazing. Don’t be afraid of your audience or your opponent. Be flexible and allow yourself to make a game changing play.

Follow the coach’s advice and we can get you to deliver better than you could have ever expected. Know what you’re going to do and be confident doing it.

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4 thoughts on “The Art of Preparation

  1. I really like the metaphor and I think it makes a lot of sense. Personally I think the most important part is knowing what you’re up against. It’s the reason why some people can’t sleep the night before the exam and others don’t even break a sweat.

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  2. great post- this completely aligns with what I have learned as well.

    How we perceive things is all that really matters- it is our perceptions that creates our reality. Reality is everything.

    “People only have as much power as you give them”

    have you ever met someone, maybe a professor, who you were totally blown away by? Just someone who you perceived as super charismatic and successful? And then you took another one of his classes and you realizes he is just a tool that regurgitates the same canned jokes and you had a complete perception shift? — We need to be more cognoscente of how we perceive people and situations. Cognitive psychologist have shown that the majority of our perception is automatic, its unconscious

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