Preparation: The Missing Link in Performing

Luck. People always say “he/she is so lucky. It always seems to happen to them”. And yet, luck is simply when preparation meets opportunity. These “lucky” people are often the one’s who have prepared themselves the best so that when their opportunity comes they don’t just take it with both hands, they dominate - and in turn, they appear “lucky”

Too much weight is given to game day and performing. Too much power is given to the culmination of this one day. And unfortunately, on that one day, you might not have it. Things outside of your control might go against you

I remember days in my past where my friends would always worry before big games or big tests. They wouldn’t sleep the night before as they’d be up late worrying about what would happen. Or they’d get up early to cram and spend the last few minutes outside the classroom cramming their notes to try and absorb something even more

And it’s all for nought

Worrying is simply you questioning your own preparation. Yes, nerves are sometimes essential, as it also proves this opportunity means something to you, but questioning yourself is what I wish to focus on here. You’re worrying that you have not done enough… you havn’t prepared yourself well enough to take this opportunity, when in essence, this belief should have been solidified in the previous months

My work isn’t done tonight. My work was done 3 months ago, and now I just have to show up” - Whitney Cummings

Preparation is the key to success. The better you prepare, the more likely you are to succeed when opportunity comes knocking at your door. You leave no stone unturned and do everything in your power so that you can walk onto the field, court, or gym with the utmost of belief in confidence that things will happen

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You know that you’ve done all you can do in your training, in the kitchen, and in your recovery… you leave every single ounce of what you have out there. Every single time. And this, in turn, gives you the belief in focusing and letting that preparation show for itself

Nobody knew this better than Floyd Mayweather - one of the most decorated and successful boxes of this past era. He understood that relaxation before a big game or competition was what mattered most. And that confidence and belief in oneself can be your biggest ally in these times. The following quote comes from prior to one of his biggest fights of his career:

why would I be wound up? I’m either ready or I’m not. Worrying about it right now ain’t gonna change a damn thing. Right? Whatever’s gonna happen is gonna happen. I’ve done everything I can do to be ready for this, or I haven’t
- Floyd Mayweather

And with that I want you to look at how you’re preparing. I don’t mean being focused 100% of the time, I mean that when you’re training, for however long that may be, are you 100% in and giving your 100% for that session. Even though you may only be feeling 75% on a grand scale, are you giving all of that 75%

As when you begin to focus like this, and preparing yourself to the best of your ability for your exams and comps, you’ll feel more confident. And you’ll begin to see that with proper preparation, you’ll find yourself “luckier” come game and comp day

Nick Maier