I’ve long been a proponent of the adage that preparation is the only things over which you have total control. And I’m always glad to get reminders of that…from the world of sports or wherever.
I was reading Sports Illustrated’s NFL Midseason Report on an airplane the other day and smiled as I read how Indianapolis QB Peyton Manning texted Connecticut running back Donald Brown just hours after he had been drafted by the Colts: “Meet me at the facility at 8 a.m. tomorrow. Warmed up. Ready to go.”
Former Colts coach Tony Dungy talked about Manning’s great season so far — despite a number of challenges — saying, “To understand why he hasn’t struggled, you have to understand the way his mind works. It drives him every day that the offense will be better, not just as good as it was. The new guys will fit in. He’ll make them fit in.”
Juxtapose that with a conversation that Mike and Mike had this morning on ESPN Radio with analyst Tim Hasselbeck about Oakland QB JaMarcus Russell and his challenges. The discussion centered on whispers around the Raiders camp that the now-benched quarterback is always “last in, first out” of meetings and practices. He won’t put in the work necessary to prepare for the next week’s game.
There are other reasons Manning is a future hall-of-famer, but preparation can overcome many things — rookie wide receivers and running backs, injuries in many positions. Lack of preparation just exposes you.
How have you helped yourself through preparation (or hurt yourself because you didn’t take the time)? If you don’t know where to start to help yourself prepare more effectively, please contact me.