Being Prepared for What's Next
I have always tried to incorporate the life-value of being a lifetime learning. It goes along with the thought, 'we never should settle for where we have arrived but prepare for where we might be goin’.
In an episode of the VOICE, the guest coach, Celine Dion made this statement.
“You don’t have to be good all the time, but you have to be good when it counts.”
When you are trying new things, you aren’t good but you are preparing to be good.
When you are practicing a skill, you aren’t performing but preparing for the opportunity to perform.
I think I am in pretty good physical condition/shape. In the last few months, I have run a 10k and a half marathon, along with training for and running a marathon. On top of that, I make regular trips to the gym to work on strength training. However, on a whim, I decided to add swimming laps into my exercise routine. A quick two lengths in the pool and I felt like I never exercised a day in my life. I was almost embarrassed to know that someone might be watching.
After a few sessions, I began to feel more confident. I am still terrible and get out of breath because I am stretching my physical limits in a new way. But I am preparing for the possibility of something new in my future.
Looking back on my novice swimming adventures I realize Celine was right, "you don’t have to good all the time, but you have to be good when it counts.”
I am not a good or efficient swimmer now but I am training so I can be ready when it counts.
Where do you need to stretch, prepare so you will be ready for an unseen possibility when it counts?