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Love doesn't just sit there like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new.
-- Ursula K. Le Guin
 

 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Prepare and do

Make sure you’re fully prepared, and then make purposeful and effective use of that preparation. Work on honing your skills, and then put those skills to meaningful use.

It’s important to be able to make things happen and to make a difference. It’s even more important to be clear and precise about the kind of difference you wish to make, and then to step forward and actually do it.

Excellence and achievement come from preparation, but not from preparation alone. After the preparation is done, then it is time for the performance.

It’s easy to get caught up in making sure you have everything just right before taking action. Don’t make endless preparation an excuse for never taking that action.

Practice is essential, and yet if practice is all you ever do, it is largely wasted effort. The reason you prepare and practice is so you can put it to good use.

Get yourself well prepared, and then get yourself busy taking action. Make your preparation count by doing the things you’ve prepared to do.

— Ralph Marston

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