Being Prepared Enhances Self Discipline In This Sense, I Am Talking Of The Discipline Of Having A Routine Or Habit, Not The Discipline To Control Or Regulate, Although Forming A Good Habit Is A Form Of Self-Control And Regulation.



Being Prepared Enhances Self Discipline

In this sense, I am talking of the discipline of having a routine or habit, not the discipline to control or regulate, although forming a good habit is a form of self-control and regulation.

When we routinely prepare ourselves for the predictable or unexpected events in our lives, we enhance our own self-discipline.  In my opinion, self-discipline is one of the foundations to living a happy life.  The act of becoming prepared means that we discipline ourselves to make the time to prepare.  We get over the feeling of “I don’t feel like doing this now” we put off procrastination, we dump the excuses and we become mindful with what we are doing and ourselves.

Being Prepared Enhances Our Strategic Thinking

If you’re like me, as you are preparing for that meeting, vacation, or dinner with a friend you are having an internal dialogue with yourself.  You may be thinking of the meeting agenda, or the presentation you have to give, you may be thinking of what you need to prepare for your vacation all the tasks you need to complete, what to pack in your suitcase, check your travel insurance etc.

The more complex the task, the higher degree of strategic thinking is required.  None of us is born master strategic thinkers; it’s a skill that is born through practice and experience.  Regardless of what you are preparing for, you can hone this skill.  Unbelievably as you look out your window each day before you dress, your brain has already thought a thousand strategic thoughts in preparation for getting you to your destination appropriately clothed, dry, on time and in one piece.  We may not always recognise our thoughts as being strategic but each act of preparation is honing these skills.

Being Prepared Increases Our Flexibility

If you are self-disciplined and open to thinking strategically there is a possibility that your thought processes will expand with fluidity and flexibility.  Not everyone who is self-disciplined and thinks strategically is able to be flexible in his or her behaviour but this is a skill that we develop.

So think about it.  You are preparing for a customer presentation, you know what they expect, what you can offer and yet while hoping that it will run smoothly you are aware that problems may arise.  Therefore, part of your preparation will be to look at those potential hiccups and do some scenario planning.  As you work through different scenarios, you will prepare for different outcomes.  This is flexibility and it is the foolhardy who are unprepared for change or unwilling to be flexible.  By preparing to be flexible, we are also building a critical trait to have, namely resilience.

Being Prepared Develops Our Resilience

Resilience is that ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens.  As we develop all our other skills, we often spend little time developing that of resilience.

Unless you have done the preparation, thought it through, evaluated all the known scenarios you will always be shocked by the unforeseen or by failure.  It is in preparation that we develop our mental resilience and it is through failure that we develop a life of resilience.  We all know that not every plan leads to success and it is through failure that we reach success, but often being unprepared leads to a bitter taste in the mouth.

Having resilience allows us to stand up eight times after we’ve been knocked down seven and to continue on our course, making adjustments and realignments.

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