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The Will To Win Is Nothing Compared To The Will To Prepare To Win

101. The will to win is nothing compared to the will to prepare to win.

Luck is when preparation meets opportunity. Oh what, you truly believe that some people are lucky and some aren’t? Even though statistics can’t prove everything, people will reference them to explain how luck exists. The truth is most people who are lucky set themselves up to be lucky. Translated, most people who get good fortune set themselves up to win. The two principles involved here are that “lucky” people don’t always advertise the Tools they use to get lucky.

Second, the people who aren’t “lucky” don’t do what lucky people are doing. Also, they affirm what they are not doing by cursing the “lucky” guy or gal. Just by the simple fact that you acknowledge people are lucky or not adds strength to the premise that the universe favors some over others. So with that said, what is more likely? Some people are just RANDOMLY lucky, or the people who put in the necessary work are more likely to be lucky? While random luck happens once or twice, someone who is lucky is doing something that allows that to happen more frequently. At least concede to me you have a better chance of getting in the show if you try to buy a ticket. Meaning, you have a better chance for luck with some preparation.

Successful people for the most part simply work smarter and harder than those who don’t. Harder in my opinion means working on it every day. Smarter only means you have a system in place that will increase the likelihood of success. So what this all means is preparing to win must be done daily and systematically. All the components in your blueprint comprise those aspects made in this statement.

I will give you a classic example. It is common knowledge that Jerry Rice is the greatest football receiver of all time. It can be well argued that he may have been the best player in the history of football. His talent was so acknowledged to be the best by miles over his closest rivals, it is well accepted his will to win would have been enough to make him the best. The interesting thing about Jerry Rice is that it is also well accepted that he trained off the field harder than maybe anyone in the history of football. His will to prepare was almost greater than his will to win.

Time and time again I see people who think they can just turn it on when needed. This is not what the most successful people do. If you want a successful life, defined by what success means to you, it is a daily ritual of habits and attitudes that must be applied daily. If you want it bad enough, you have to be willing to put in more work when people aren’t watching than when people are. This is the mark of a true champion. Jerry Rice did 99% of his best work when no one was even in the stands.

It Takes An Hour To Burn 500 Calories; It Takes Seconds To Eat 500

72. It takes an hour to burn 500 calories; it takes seconds to eat 500.

“No matter how hard I work out, I just can’t seem to lose the weight.” The answer may be simple; you might be putting in more than you are burning out. This is the shortest explanation I have for any of the Tools. The amount of time it takes to burn calories doesn’t equal the amount of time it takes to consume them. Honestly, this is good because we wouldn’t be around long if the equation was reversed. But over the time of our evolution we have severely limited our need to go out and burn calories, and we have increased the ease with which we can add them. Understanding that our ability to burn is down and the access to consume is now cheap and easy, we must apply this knowledge to avoid the temptations that may ruin our efforts.

Become More Selfish

66. Become more selfish.

I am going to assume for the sake of the story that most of you reading this have flown in a plane at least once in your life. Although most of us don’t pay attention, the attendants give a small presentation on what to do in case of an emergency. One of the things they tell you to do is if airbags are deployed, put yours on first before attending to younger children. I never thought much of it until I was looking for a good way to introduce this next Tool. The reason you put your mask on first is simple; if you are not in a good place, you can be very little help to others. Many of you starting this system have been holding yourself back due to tending to the needs of others. Doing for others is important and we all have responsibilities we must meet. The problem arises when meeting the needs of others interferes with your growth process and hinders your ability to achieve success and happiness.

A reason we often don’t work on our own success and happiness is because we have been conditioned that in doing so we are neglecting our obligations, hence being selfish. If being a little selfish will improve yourself, then in the long run others will benefit by you being in a better place. Now the nails of the world love to call people selfish. It is one thing they like to say because it keeps people at their level. Also, nails are afraid to improve themselves and when they see others trying to do so, they know going to the selfish card can really affect someone who is trying to improve themselves and their situation.

The last thing I notice with regard to this Tool is that many use others as a crutch or an excuse for not working on themselves. They can’t hit the gym because this person needs me or that person needs me. They can’t read or take time for themselves because there are too many things that need to be done around the house. They don’t do the things they need to do for themselves because the needs of others are more important. Basically, they use the martyr approach for conducting their day to day life, and in doing so have a reason why they are in the rut they find themselves in. By approaching the day as a martyr, it gives the person a feeling of being needed and having more self-worth. The problem lies when the things that they have picked martyrdom for start to go away. As the things they were responsible for disappear, they either look for new causes or find that they are now lost without others to focus on. Start to become more selfish and work on yourself. It will feel weird at first but as you start to reach new heights of success, your ability to help others will become greater. So you basically accomplish two goals: self-improvement and serving those around you better.