So this weekend was pretty amazing as this is truly one of my favorite times of the year. Cooler temperatures are ahead as well as football is starting to heat up. I can honestly say that both my Crimson Tide and Arizona Cardinals definitely gave me a reason to smile as they both were victorious. If you know anything about me there’s nothing that I look forward to more than football season and football food. You should have known that I was going to work food in there one way or another.
It’s by no surprise that hearing all the hype and commentary before, during, and after the highly anticipated Alabama Vs Texas A&M football game put a few thoughts in my mind that had me in deep thought for awhile. Not really sure if I have connected all the pieces in my life right now that lead me to think about life at the intersection of anticipation, preparation, and determination.
What are you anticipating? What are you prepared for? Why are you determined?
“Such is the state of life, that none are happy but by the anticipation of change: the change itself is nothing; when we have made it, the next wish is to change again. The world is not yet exhausted; let me see something tomorrow which I never saw be” Samuel Johnson
“For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.”
“Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.” Gail Devers
Believe it or not the concepts are probably intertwined in many aspects of our lives if we take a step back and look at things.
Was it worth the anticipation? Were you prepared for it? How determined were you to see things through?
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race” Calvin Coolidge
“Luck is a crossroad where preparation and opportunity meet”
“Our and our behaviour are always in anticipation of a response. It is therefore fear-based.” Deepak Chopra
Let’s be honest, we all have the same amount of time in any given day, but how are you using your time? What is it that separates you from some of the most successful people in the world? Were they more prepared?
“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.”
“If your’re not practicing, somebody else is, somewhere, and he’ll be ready to take your job.”Brooks Robinson
“An intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into reality; our desires being often but precursors of the things which we are capable of performing.” Samuel Smiles
Sometimes in life I have found that we have anticipated things that we may have been ill prepared for, but for one reason or another we remained determined to have those things. Maybe it worked out or maybe it didn’t, but you can’t say that there wasn’t an opportunity to experience something that you could learn from.
Do you ever think that maybe we focus so much on what didn’t happen that we lose sight of what actually did?
What does being at the intersection of anticipation, preparation, and determination mean to now? What have you realized or what are you starting to realize?
“Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.” Norman Cousins
“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.” Albert Einstein
“Success always comes when preparation meets opportunity.” Henry Hartman
Stop and take a moment to appreciate this moment for what it actually is, cause no matter how bad you want to see it again you won’t. Live life and enjoy every moment.
I can’t tell you enough to enjoy time you have with your family, friends, and those you care about as life is truly too short. I say this as I ask you to send prayers up for my friend Tammy and her family with the recent passing of her sister.