"Luck is when preparation meets opportunity"
It is a small, dark and cramped room where all 45 of my teammates and I are quietly making our final mental preparations for the big game.
It is so quiet you can hear a pin drop as players are either silently sitting or pensively pacing back and forth to insure, they have the mental edge - you can cut the tension with a knife.
As previously mentioned, the team room is located high above the stadium field and my teammates and I have to now negotiate some 40 steps to get onto the field.
Have you ever walked on concrete in cleats? It's like walking on ice skates and I am no hockey player.
Actually, nothing. I made it down the playing field without experiencing a disaster of any kind.
However, I had one more obstacle in front of me. The cheerleaders have constructed a run-through, an 8-foot high by 6-foot wide wooden structure with butcher paper wrapping around the frame. Words of encouragement for our team are proudly painted on the front.
I let out a guttural battle cry and sprint toward the paper sign, my legion following closely behind. I powerfully blast through the sign to the roars of the home crowd and the band playing our high school fight song.
Nothing could stop me at this moment. I am invincible - except........
You know how they say you have those moments when your entire life flashes before you..........?
Instantly, I hear "tuck and roll" - I dip my shoulder, roll gracefully onto my back, then onto my feet and resume a full sprint to our end zone within seconds - disaster averted!
In those early years of martial arts training, I had no idea when the ability to take a fall would serve me - if ever. I have to admit, there were times when I was falling and rolling on the martial arts mat, I was wondering why I had to practice these ridiculous drills - but in the end, they served me greatly.
It is easy to get into a rhythm and malaise that each day and week can bring.
However, true leaders in life and business take time often to evaluate where they are and where they want to go - properly preparing themselves and their organizations so they can positively respond when opportunities present themselves.
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