Preparation is the mother of skill. Understanding is the father of skill. We all like to win, but who likes to train? With all the variations of those quotes I’ve used over the years so many times and in so many ways. I still act and honestly feel that my own advice is fresh meat that I bite into as if that new meat was freshly killed for survival. Indeed, I am like a rabid wolf nibbling on reality when it comes to what counts. I called this article training because reality is mostly preparation, and the actual action compared to that training is not much compared to the training required to take truly winning actions.

I remember the “Rocky” movies (yes, the “Rocky” movies with Sylvester Stallone), every last one including the “Creed” movies so far. Most movies, as you would astutely note, are not about fighting, most of those movies are about preparation, training and drama, very few winners in fact when you really and realistically think about them. So that brings me to the point: A conquered and successful reality depends mostly on your preparation to deal with it. Think of a singer like Susan Boyle, as a better example than the example from the movie “Rocky”: she had at least thirty years of preparation, singing in the bathroom mirror and in small halls and training, and a few moments on the big show winning. That’s what I mean, miracles happen, I believe in them and all, but they need preparation to be valid and work in a true sense that is lasting, or is a miracle just a real “flash in the pan” happiness without that substance lasts if the miracle happens successfully.

Indeed, we must evolve, grow, and prepare ourselves to make the miracle work for us truly and permanently. A real failure in life is to depend luckily and miracles from the start without preparation or understanding of what is happening. To appreciate and understand anything fully without doubt or fear, we must train. As Yoda essentially said in “Star Wars Episode Five: The Empire Strikes Back”: No try, just do. In the sense I am writing about, it is a reality. A person who depends on luck and miracles without preparation is essentially trying even if they succeed, but they don’t and just depend on a lucky break or a “miracle” prayer to succeed without awareness or conscience. A prepared person always does this, especially when he truly succeeds, and if he fails, it is a slip, not a fall, to succeed later through a better awareness and conscience of what he needs and wants to do. So basically, to really win without doubt and with repeatable results, we have to truly train and want, or winning is nothing more than a “flash in the pan” like a lucky three-pointer in a basketball game from mid-court that is not easily repeatable because “a miracle buzzed”. In this sense, there is no try, just do, too. Reality is training, and our true actions and results in it are championship game, always.

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