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  • Writer's pictureMatthew Kelly

The Importance of Preparation

I have a friend who competes in triathlons. A triathlon is grueling by any measure. It is a multisport endurance event consisting of swimming, cycling, and running in immediate succession. A triathlon can involve various distances, but the Olympic distances are 1.5 kilometers of swimming, 40 kilometers of riding, and 10 kilometers of running. At the Ironman level these distances can increase to 3.8 kilometers of swimming, 180 kilometers of riding, and 42.2 kilometers of running.

Each leg is a test unto itself. But interestingly the race is often won or lost in the transitions between legs. For this reason, the best triathletes plan and practice these transitions. On race day they set up their bike at the end of the swim and their running gear at the end of the bike route. This setup is called staging, and it is critical to victory. Too often in life we do little or no staging. This staging is essentially planning for what is ahead, and it is a critical part of driving higher levels of PPS in our lives. A business without a strategic plan will not last long, and certainly it will not achieve anywhere near its potential. Our lives are also destined for underachievement and dissatisfaction if we don’t learn to plan and strategize personally. Matthew Kelly

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