Succeed – Day 13 – The KEY difference most people miss between ‘Preparing’ and ‘Planning’, and why you must know and DO both.
Let’s cap off this 2nd week with discussion on the key philosophy behind the pillar of SUCCEED: Small and simple things.
One of my absolutely favorite scriptural passage anywhere is this:
“By small and simple things are great things brought to pass, and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.” – Alma 37:6
It so beautifully and perfectly encapsulates the principles of patience, trust, and faith.
By gaining a deep, internal understanding of that principle through our own experience, we gain the wisdom to take the seemingly insignificant steps each day that are the building blocks of profound and amazing results.
Without this understanding, we lose patience, we take foolish, shortsighted action, and experience short-term pleasure with long-term frustration.
My wise and amazing mentor Willie Hooks has had to drill this into my head over the years…because I used to be the king of impulsive, impatient action:
“Go slow to go fast.”
We all know who won the race between the tortoise and the hare…yeah, that rabbit was fast, but the tortoise kept going methodically.
What does “go slow to go fast” mean?
It means wise preparation.
How does a farmer maximize his harvest of corn or wheat for the year?
By quickly plowing through the field one time and then scattering out some seeds as fast as he can?
Hey…maybe if he does it faster he can do two fields in the same time!
(That’s the way I used to think…it lost me literally millions of dollars over a number of years.)
I thought, “I need to buy and sell LOTS of houses at once, I don’t have time to only do a few each year, that will take me way too long to make the big money.”
Guess what?? Every year that I did less, I made more money because I did a better job at what I actually did do.
Same with any gardener or farmer harvesting food.
Less is usually more.
Meticulous attention to the small details of plowing every line straight, planting every little seed properly, and then diligent care and nurture of the seeds as they grow is how to maximize the harvest.
We can’t pay attention to the details when we try to do more than we’re able.
Nobody can force the seeds to grow faster than nature allows.
Benjamin Franklin said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
Some people hear that and automatically replace the word ‘prepare’ with ‘plan’.
I used to do that to…but it’s not the same thing.
Preparing actually has TWO PARTS: Planning & Action
If all you do is plan – you are not preparing.
Preparation is what the farmer does to harvest a bountiful crop.
He plans where he’ll plant and how, then he takes all of the ‘preparatory’ action of plowing, planting, and nurturing.
That is how you prepare to harvest. Plan then act.
If a farmer fails to do all the little preparatory acts, he has failed to prepare, and there will be no harvest.
Preparing means DOING the small things each and every day – it does not mean simply planning.
And just like beautiful abundant harvests come from much preparation through small and simple actions…your life will produce a beautiful harvest when you follow the same ‘preparation’ principle.
When you write your priority and then do it today – you build confidence and progress your worthy goal.
Do that every day for a year and then write to me a detailed description of the harvest of fulfillment, achievement, and happiness you are experiencing in your life…
…I know that will be the result if you do that simple preparation.
It’s a law of nature.
Nature is predictable…and we are all very much a part of nature 😉
So don’t get hung up on planning! Be a preparer!
Great achievement requires great sacrifice…but the beauty is you can split that sacrifice up into a thousand little bite size chunks over an entire year!
It’s all about the small and simple things.
“The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare.” – Bobby Knight
We would all do well to view ourselves as the farmer’s of our own lives…constantly cultivating, plowing, and preparing our dreams through our small, simple action each day.
Seeing ourselves as farmers gives us patience, and the will to prepare.
Growth takes time.
A corn farmer doesn’t delude himself into thinking if he just works harder today maybe his corn will spring up 2 months earlier!
Neither do we delude ourselves…we just fully enjoy our small act of progress today.
“Nature cannot be tricked or cheated. She will give up to you the object of your struggles only after you have paid her price.” – Napoleon Hill
You’re a farmer…go and prepare for the harvest by focusing on your ONE priority right now.
Make Today Amazing!
Succeed – Day 14 – Rest Day
You wont’ get a message from me tomorrow, keep focusing on your priority! Every day is worthy of success.