Based in Washington, Ross is a general manager of a food safety company. His musings explore life, work and every moment in between.

Prepared and Competitive

March is great. The days are getting longer and the weather is getting better. Business picks up, spring is right around the corner and of course, the NCAA Tournament begins. This year, my Gonzaga Bulldogs are a #1 seed and expectations are high. But you never know in the tournament nicknamed "March Madness." They could make a deep tournament run or be bounced out in the first round to go home and think about what could have been. 

Of the great teams and coaches, Duke's  Mike Krzyzewski might be the best. In his career, he has over 1000 college wins and 5 national championships. He is known to consistently get the most out his teams. This month, in a short interview with Harvard Business Review he said, "If you couple preparedness with the passion to win, there's a good chance you're going to succeed." 

To do my best requires me to sit, think and write. Through reflection and practice I become ready for situations coming my way. My preparedness is quintessential. My competitive nature keeps me working ahead and doing my best to be equipped for the moment. It's one of the reasons I write every Monday morning. The act of putting my thoughts together prepares me for the week ahead.

In all of our roles at work or at home, I think Krzyzewski is right. Being prepared and competitive is going to put us in situations to be successful. How do you get prepared? How does your competitiveness work for you? I would love for you to share that with me.

High Stress. Not at my best.

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