Respect The Prep

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“The readiness is all.” –Hamlet

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” -Abraham Lincoln

Watch any great athlete, performer, chef, public speaker, etc…anyone who takes their job seriously, who cares about their craft…and notice their preparation. See the concentration, the focus in their eyes. Their prep routines are often just as riveting and dramatic as the actual event. (Check out Steph Curry’s pregame routine.) Even writers talk about getting themselves in an optimal flow state. Steven Pressfield in his magnificent book, “The War Of Art”, talks about reaching out to “the muse.” His prep almost has a mystical quality.

It doesn’t matter what exactly you do, how much or how little prep you need. All that matters is that you have something. That you’re ready for action. Having a routine nailed down (you might need to experiment with various kinds) just makes it all easier.

Respect the prep.

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