“It’s better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.” -Whitney Young, Jr.
Every day is game day. Practice like you play. How you show up on a daily basis is how you’re going to perform when it counts. You must rise to the occasion everyday! Be ready to play, be ready to score, be ready to hit a game winning shot. If you’re not ready, when your time comes, how will you be sure you’ll pass the test?
You may only get one shot. And you never know when your one shot is going to taking place. It could be now. It could have been yesterday. Did you have your game face on yesterday? Do you have it on now? Will you have it on tomorrow? The person who’s about to give you your big break could bump into you at the gas station. They could be watching you at church. They could even be sitting beside you on your next flight. Do you have your business cards ready? Is there a copy of your resume at your disposal? Is your “elevator speech” prepared? If not, then you’re not ready. It’s game day! Put your game face on go to work.
I remember my days as an athlete and remember the feeling in my stomach as I walk the halls on any given game day. It was a feeling of anxiousness. It was a feeling of hunger and thirst. I couldn’t wait for the day to end so the game could begin. It was the feel of opportunity. I knew on that day I had the opportunity to become great and achieve something that I would carry with me for the rest of my life. As an adult, I have that same feeling each morning when posting my blog or when cranking my car to go to work. I’m ready to score. I’m ready to win. “Every morning in Africa, a Gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a Lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest Gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a Lion or a Gazelle… when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.” 2 Words: Game Day.