Are You 'Game Ready'? 4 Keys to Proactive Preparation:

Are You 'Game Ready'? 4 Keys to Proactive Preparation:
From Recruiter - November 15, 2016

When people hear the term game ready, they immediately think of athletics. Being game ready, however, applies to situations in life and business as well. As is the case for agreat athlete, advanced preparation will allow you to achieve the best possible outcomes in your career and personal life.

Dont get me wrongwere all guilty of sometimes procrastinating and avoiding tasks until absolutely necessary. But that means that, instead of being proactive, we are placing ourselves in reactive states and dealing with events after they havealready happened. This results in unnecessarily elevated stress levels, costly financial challenges, and ultimately, missed opportunities.

With a little forethought and planning, however, you can be an MVP.

To help you begin, here are four keys to proactive preparation:

1. Start With a Self-Evaluation

To kickstart your proactive thinking, take out a piece of paper and make two columns. In one, list the personal challenges you are either currently facing or know that you will face; in the other column, do the same for business challenges.

Next, grade yourself on where you think you are with regard to preparation. Are you mostly prepared for upcoming responsibilities? If so, good for you! But Im willing to bet that things are not quite as planned out as youd like them to be.

2. Commit Time to Think

The best proactive thinkers and planners start by committing the time to think, not only about immediate tasks, but far into the future as well. While it may seem like a waste of resources in the moment because its not a physical activity that you can easily track, the mindfulness of laying out a path will be a worthy investment in the end.


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