Chance Favors the Prepared

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Summary of Main Ideas

The New Year’s resolution is falling by the wayside.


More and more, people are foregoing resolutions for goals, or goals for a “theme” for the year. Why is that?


Because studies have shown that only 8% of people who set a New Year’s resolution in January see it through until the end of the year. That means 92% of people are making resolutions and failing.


Are people just that flaky?

Maybe, but I think the root of the problem lies simply in our lack of preparation. Success has nothing to do with what you wish, or what you hope, or what you dream. Success has everything to do with what you do.


What are your goals in 2018? What do you need that you didn’t realize you would need? What obstacles are being presented to you that you didn’t prepare for?


What can you do this year to make sure that chance falls on your side? Because chance favors the prepared.

Maybe you just need to stop talking about doing that thing that you want to do and just do the thing. Hit record. Make the deposit. Pay the premium. And prepare yourself and go for it.


“Chance favors the prepared.” AJ Hinch

“By failing to prepare, you prepare to fail.” Ben Franklin

Reflection Questions

  1. What is standing in the way of you becoming who you know you were meant to be in 2018?

  2. What changes do you need to make to your daily rhythm in order to get where you want to be?

  3. Where are you dragging your feet when you should just be diving in?

  4. What would you do if you knew that you could not fail?