One of my favourite sayings is “Proper preparation prevents poor performance”.
This is known as the law of the 5 P’s. More often than not it’s a lack of preparation, which stops us from performing at our best, rather than a lack of ability.
Preparation can be anything from reading up on a subject, practicing responses to tough interview questions, rehearsing a presentation, planning a project, or doing risk analysis.
The more preparation that we do, the more prepared we will be, to deal with the unexpected.
When we prepare, it causes us to think about the task in hand, to double check, to make sure we are clear on what needs to be done and how we intend to do it, it increases our understanding.
Preparation builds confidence, and confidence increases probability of success.
So if you want to succeed, make sure that you prepare properly! It’s as simple as that.