(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)


Many people think that because they are willing, they can accomplish a task. Not true. Willingness, eagerness, and excitement are insufficient, if you have not prepared yourself adequately.

Someone who has done their homework — studied, prepared a plan, accumulated appropriate resources, etc. — is much more likely to succeed than someone who is merely willing.

Does this mean never go off half-cocked? Never plunge without knowing the outcome? Never take risks? No. It means, most of the time the person who is ready, really ready, will prevail. And most people are not as ready as they think they are, particularly if they want the outcome


Coaching Point: Are you willing to be ready?


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