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How prepared are you?

“It is not the fear of failure rather the lack of preparation that scares me the the most.”

I was watching TV the other night and I heard Mark Wahlberg speak that sentence. I took a moment to step out of my TV zoned mind and thought about it. It struck home for me and I am sure for many of you reading this as well that preparation can lead to your light at the end of the tunnel.

Take various aspects of my life or yours, like rest, nutrition, health, strength, mindset, careers, school etc. Being prepared in all the various aspects leads to a certain confidence level. The confidence level leads to a certain mindset. The mindset leads to a way of executing the task at hand. If you have the confidence and mindset based on the preparation you completed then that in itself has been proven to increase your results. If you think of it on the other side of a lack of preparation which leads to a lack of confidence and mindset your outcome drastically changes. We have all been a student at one time or another. How did you feel when you were prepared for a test versus when you were unprepared. Based on that, what was the outcome.

A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of seeing 6 football players sign letters of intent to continue their careers in college with others to follow after baseball season. As exciting of an honor and opportunity it is to have earned the right to play in college they need to start their preparations shortly for the upcoming season. This includes rest, mindset, nutrition, strength, conditioning and sports specific drills based on their position.

This is a time of the year when staying inside is a necessary evil. Where we are in Chicago, there is no way you can enjoy much of the temperatures when the wind chill levels are in the negatives. It is a time that we can make preparations for when the weather is better and we want to go out and enjoy it with family and friends. Make the doctors appointment now that you have been putting off. Call the dentist. Get the bike tuned up. Take care of all the stuff you do not want to do when it is nice out and you want to be enjoying yourself doing other things. It is also always good to prepare the week for food. Some places due to weather are unattainable multiple times a week because you can not even get out of your neighborhood from snow. Make one trip a week and plan out your week. It will save time, gas and keep you from over indulging as you will have to find a way to make it last.

Speaking of preparing, here is what we have upcoming that we are preparing for at the gym:

Saturday March 21st @9am Explosive Power Clinic ages 10-14
Tuesday April 7th @430pm Incoming Freshman Strength and Conditioning programming-Tuesdays and Thursdays for 8 weeks
Tuesday April 7th @530pm Youth (10-14) Strength and Conditioning programming-Tuesdays and Thursdays for 8 weeks
Wednesday April 8th @530pm Pelvic and CORE Stability Workshop-Wednesdays for 8-12 weeks

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