It’s certainly a great idea to have high aspirations and it is certainly part of anyone’s capacity to consistently or predictively achieve their best goals. Quite honestly, when we look at what creates the difference in most people’s lives, that distinction is generally the successes that they have are determined by the difficult moments. When crises arise there has got to be a default that we return to that delivers on a process that allows us to get to higher ground from a crisis rather than hold ground or worse yet, drift back to a lower level of function that erodes our confidence and ability to execute in difficult circumstances. For sure, the most important thing to be mindful of is that preparation dictates the performance. In crisis, we rise to the level of our preparation not our aspiration. Aspiration is a starting point that gives us the impetus to survive. Life is pretty simple – if you see this, you do that. We need a set of responses that helps us recognize a situation and respond from a place of preparation and training. If we have to figure out what to do, a window of opportunity may have closed. You have to develop the skills that you need have to be created and stored in memory and able to called up quickly when critical situations arise. You will find that your confidence in your ability to recognize and respond to the unforeseen increases when you know you are prepared.
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