[September, 2019 CEO Connection Article]
“It’s better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.” ~ Les Brown, American Motivational Speaker & Author
Here is my story of NOT being prepared. A few years ago, we decided to go on a trip with the family. It was Spring Break weekend so the weather was questionable, but it seemed like we were in for an okay time. This was about four weeks into my recovery from shoulder surgery, which the doctor told me would be a six-month process. He said, ‘Do not do anything where you could trip or fall…’.
Since I was still in recovery, a sightseeing trip to Glenwood Springs seemed like it would be easy and low impact. After a fabulous time hanging out and spending the night, we then started our journey back home. The weather was warmer and it seemed to be a great Colorado day. We were dressed for a Spring day and the kids (being kids) were wearing flipflops and tennis shoes. We thought we were good for anything we set out to do.
On the way back, we saw the exit for Hanging Lake. Both Christine and I wanted to see this lake, but never made it a priority. We both agreed that we didn’t want to miss this opportunity since the weather was so nice. So…we took the exit to check it out. We found some good parking and got out our light coats (at least everyone who brought light coats). We started on our journey… there was a little snow but nothing that was too overbearing.
On the way up the hill, there were people coming down and I remember this one kid looking at us in our tennis shoes, flip flops, no coats, and wounded shoulder — saying, ‘Are you kidding me…are you kidding me.’ His family didn’t make it to the top and turned around. They thought we were crazy. We might have been…I think what happened was, it became a challenge.
We all started heading up the hill, faster and faster. I didn’t slip or fall, but there were times Christine was sliding down more than she was climbing. Thank God for watching over us that day. We got to the top — freezing our butts off, but the views were so amazing, we didn’t care.
We became so happy with ourselves for getting to the top, we forgot about how challenging it was going to be to get down. On the way down the hill, we came into the section that was so hard, on the way up. For those of you who have done this before, you know the human body goes up much better than it goes down… one of the kids start crying about not being able to make it down and the others were crashing and slipping. Me, with my bum shoulder, was trying to help everyone down. We finally made it down from the top but it was very dicy if we were going to make it back.
In Matthew 24:42-43, the Bible addresses being prepared: ‘Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.’
With our company expansion, changing of direction, taking on bigger projects, adding new people to the company, and the ups and downs of the economy, we need everyone to be prepared for when things happen. As a company, we have been given a lot to care for and therefore a lot will be demanded upon us. What can you do right now to be prepared? Take the trainings, build the relationships, take some time to set goals, spend time with your supervisor, ask people for feedback on where you can grow, be a mentor, be a mentee, pay down debt, ask lots of questions, set good habits, be there when needed, make it known if you want to travel, challenge yourself, and the list goes on and on.
We want to make sure people grow whether or not the company is growing — your success is our success!
Here’s to preparedness…God bless you until next time!