When I was watching the Superbowl last week, the announcer interviewed the head coach of one of the NFL teams on how, and why, he was so calm. He said “No matter how calm I look on the outside, I am calmer on the inside. When you are prepared, there is nothing to get riled up about . . .”.
I couldn’t have said it better.
This reminds me of one of my favorite sayings that I say to the students at Aikido of Nebraska. It goes like this;
There is no such thing as Luck.
Luck is when Preparedness meets Opportunity.
And Opportunity is there all the time.
At Aikido of Nebraska, this is what we strive for; Preparedness. Preparedness not only in self-defense situations, but preparedness for all of life’s challenges. In order to be prepared, you must be willing to educate yourself on a variety of subjects, even if they do not apply to your current situation in life. Second, you must develop the attribute of Adaptability; the ability to change quickly to changes in your environment. In Aikido, one does not always know the way the attacker will attack; he/she must adapt and change on a dime, and must be prepared for several contingencies, regardless of which one is presented. At Aikido of Nebraska, ongoing education and adaptability are life-skills which are learned through the practice of self-defense.
There may be a time in your life when you are required to speak a little French, change a fan-belt, give first-aid to a child, swim across a river, or help a friend through a tough time. Are you prepared to do this? If you are, people will tell you “how lucky you are”, that you are able to do these things. Then you can smile to yourself, and remember;
There is no Luck, only Preparedness.