Wouldn’t it be nice if nothing bad or unexpected ever happened? If we were never taken by surprise or had our plans thwarted by unfortunate events?

Sadly, this is never going to happen for any of us because real life is a series of events; some fortunate, some less fortunate, and some downright unfortunate.

The Scout movement has known for decades that the best way to navigate life and all the challenges and opportunities that present themselves to us is to Be Prepared. Obviously, we can never anticipate every possible eventuality but there are many things that we can plan for and around.

We can be prepared for load-shedding by charging all our electronic devices and loading up some books to read and series to watch so that, when the lights go out, we have things to do and the means to do them with.

We can be prepared for a harmonious and relaxing family holiday by discussing our needs and expectations with our fellow holiday-makers and making concrete plans to achieve them so that we are more likely to have a restful time.

We can be prepared for the year ahead by spending some time thinking about what we can do to put in place the systems and processes needed to achieve our goals and make our plans a reality. (If you haven’t already downloaded my free “20 questions to achieve a 20/20 vision for 2020” worksheet, you can do so here. I spoke a bit about how you can use the worksheet on the Azania Mosaka show this week.)

Preparation is the path to progress. As Oprah says, “I believe luck is preparation meeting opportunity. If you hadn’t been prepared when the opportunity came along, you wouldn’t have been lucky.” 

One of the ways I am preparing for what promises to be a busy year in 2020 is to have a good and restorative break so you won’t be hearing from me again until mid-January. In the meantime, please don’t forget that I will be running two workshops early in the new year. Keep reading for more information.

I hope that you are able to prepare for and achieve a wonderful holiday filled with all kinds of opportunities and pleasure, and I look forward to picking up with you again in a few weeks.