“Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.” When I read this quote from Zig Ziglar, I started thinking to myself how often do I expect the best, prepare for the worst, and capitalize on what comes? Most of the time all that I do is simply hope for the best. If the outcome that I want never comes, I think of the situation as a loss.
What if I chose to capitalize on whatever the outcome is, whether it be the best or the worst? Time and time again we hear: let’s turn a negative into a positive, or let’s make light of a bad situation. This quote to me simply means let’s set a goal, let’s take action, and let’s accomplish the goal!
In SOS Leadership’s Seeds of Success program we define commitment as, “It is DONE!” You are not truly committed to anything unless you finish it. If you are truly committed to something, you are going to finish/fulfill that commitment regardless of the bumps you may encounter along the way.
The main reason we do not accomplish our goals is because when things get difficult, it is easier to give up on that goal than to continue on the road towards accomplishing it. Although, if a goal is really that easy to give up on, was it ever really worth it?
What if before starting something we did expect the best outcome, we did prepare for the worst outcome, and we did capitalize on whatever comes? If we have the best outcome, let’s take that positive energy and continue accomplishing our other goals. If we have the worst outcome, let’s capitalize on it and turn something negative into a positive and continue working towards reaching our goals.
Remember despite what the outcome is “don’t give up, don’t ever give up!” Failure is simply giving up. In 2012, I encourage you to fulfill your commitments, and capitalize on what comes!