A few days ago I saw a meme on Facebook that was attributed to Zig Ziglar. I love Ziglar and I think I know what he was trying to say; however, on this point, he couldn’t be more wrong. 

Here it is:

Plan for the best, prepare for the worst, capitalize on what comes.

As I said, I understand what he’s trying to say but it misses something critical.

You get what you prepare for.

Your subconscious mind might be the most powerful force in the universe as it pertains to you. You don’t have to know how, you just have to know what and why. When you are crystal clear on the what and why your subconscious mind goes to work making it happen.

Also your subconscious mind is built for your protection not for your growth. When you hope for the best and prepare for the worst your mind is incongruous and since it is hard wired to protect you, what do you think it will work to bring about?

So plan for the best, prepare for the best, capitalize on what comes.

I love Ziglar but I disagree with him on this point.

What are your thoughts?

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Gary Trobee is a certified coach and a seasoned leader with over 20 years’ experience mentoring, coaching, and encouraging leaders and their teams.

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