Well, not the will to prepare, so much as the preparation itself. Winning, in fact, only happens to the prepared, just as inspiration only comes to those who make room for it in their minds and in their lives. Preparedness means putting everything in place that you can control so that the things you cannot control will be more likely to fall your way. Wanting something creates an obligation on your part to do everything you can to be ready for it to happen.
Michael Byrnes, StrategyPal founder
Look at the Grand Canyon. A seashore. The progress of any grass-roots movement. Every journey, in other words, begins with a single step, but that step is meaningless unless it is followed by many more, equally simple yet equally determined steps. Then, there is no force on earth that can ultimately impede your progress.
Hence Collins & Porras' coining 'Big Hairy Audacious Goal.' Aiming for the stars doesn't necessarily mean you'll hit them, but if you don't aim high you're guaranteed to strike low. There's an added benefit of audaciousness, too. If you develop a culture of high expectation in your company, high achievement becomes more frequent and easier to obtain. Hopes are raised along with expectations, and the belief in more becomes endemic.
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