Prepare to Win

If you knew you were going to go on an expedition to climb Mount Everest you’d likely spend months maybe even years in advance training and preparing before you actually set foot on the mountain, right?

It would be insanity to show up on a whim and just start climbing.

The mountain is big and it commands your respect, time, commitment, and planning in order for you to have a legit chance of making it to the top.

But this post isn’t about Mount Everest.

It’s about the mountains we face in our lives, our careers, businesses and organizations. We all have mountains, some are small and others are massive. They’re what’s between where we are and where we want to go. Sometimes we just want to reach the peak but other times we need to scale the mountain entirely so that we can get to the other side.

The problem though is in the preparation or lack thereof.

We can either prepare to win or prepare to fail. Which choice we make, well that’s up to you and I individually but the mountain isn’t going away anytime soon. We can start preparing now or just keep standing at the base… gazing at the top as others begin their climb.

What’s your mountain?

Are taking it seriously? Are you doing what needs to be done now, in advance of starting the climb? Are you gathering the tools you need before you’ll actually need to use them? Are you learning from others who took the climb before you? Are preparing or just dreaming?

If you don’t prepare to win, you’re actually preparing to fail.

Mountains can be scary and I certainly have plenty of my own. Some I’ve climbed while many more have had me standing at the bottom for far too long. Maybe you’re there with me, I’m not sure. Either way, today can be the day we choose to stop standing and start preparing to win, to make the climb and reach the top or the other side.

Can you imagine what that might feel like? What if we all did it together? What if we helped each other, challenged each other and reached back with an open hand to help pull someone up with us?

Are you ready?

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • Feel free to post a goal or challenge you face and perhaps there are ways we can help each other reach it or at the very least create a sense of accountability with each other (not just me but also other readers of this blog).

  • One problem I face in my own world is that sometimes I don't even see the mountain and get caught unprepared to climb it. Much like a blind man walking towards a challenge he can't see, some business owners either ignore or don't understand the size of the task before them.

  • Some of the mountains that I face have never been climbed before. This makes it hard to get advice from others. Sure, they may have climbed other mountains, but they haven't been up this one. I guess you would call them Neil Armstrong moments…

    • Love to hear examples. Perhaps we can help you or at least encourage you along the way.

  • Jeremy

    Hey daniel –

    Love the blog. Your posts have been really helpful as I think through my individual leadership as well as my team leadership.

    I did want to mention – I've been having some issues with your feeds. If I click on a post it will give me this error:

    Fatal error: Call to undefined function home_url() in /home4/danield3/public_html/wp-content/plugins/simple-urls/plugin.php on line 157

    Same is true if I click on your email button. Might just be my browser but thought that I would mention it…

    • Thanks for the kind comments Jeremy. Appreciate you reading and being here.

      Yeah, I was testing a new plugin that broke something but now it's fixed and should all be working okay again. Let me know if you run into any more issues. Thanks!

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  • Udeh Sunday Anyanso

    Things do not just happen they are made to happen by men who are willing to confront the status quo. Preparing to win is each individuals responsibility. You do not prepare for me and i do not prepare for you.