I live in the Midwest. We are weeks away from our first snowfall of the season. I already have my salt, shovel and ice scraper ready to go.
I don’t want to be searching for my winter gear when it’s twenty-seven degrees outside and snowing.
Like winters in the Midwest, you don’t want to be caught off guard when the winter seasons of life come, and they will come.
You have to be prepared.
What are you doing today to prepare for life’s winter seasons?
The definition of Preparation is “the action or process of making ready.”
I love the statement: “the process of making ready”.
There is no way we can prepare for the unknowns of life. But we can make ourselves as ready as possible.
One of the best ways to plan for your next setback is to ask yourself:
Jim Collins in his book “Great by Choice” describes how we should always be preparing for when, not if, the next big disruption is going to happen.
Collins said, “how you perform in bad times depends on how you prepare in good times.”
The “What If” question allows you to consider the worst case scenario before it happens. Having a plan in place before the next big disruption will soften its impact on your life or business.
When we fail to plan for difficult seasons, we are planning to fail. You don’t want to be a pessimist, but you also don’t want to be foolish thinking everything is going to work out perfect every time.
You will experience setbacks, your plans will not always go the way you think.
Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes. – Zig Ziglar
So after you’ve answered the “What if” question, what next?
Don’t waste your season.
The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining. – John F. Kennedy
Is your organization in “Summertime” and everything is wonderful? Plan ahead.
Do you have enough reserves on hand? Do you have too many employees and are running a little top-heavy? Are there other areas of your overhead you can cut?
What about your physical health? Have you gained a few pounds? Have you asked the “What If” question about your health? What if you don’t take action on your health? What kind of setback are you looking to have?
You can apply the “What If” question on your thoughts, relationships, finances, career or health.
The more you plan for a setback, the better prepared you will be. In fact, preparing for disruptions and setbacks prepare you for handling success in the long run. You learn to take more thought out, calculated risk knowing that setbacks will come.
I will prepare, and someday my chance will come. – Abraham Lincoln
Your chance of success will come. It will come even sooner the more you prepare for the setback too.
Question: How are you planning for your next setback?
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