Diligent Preparation

By Krystal Zellmer

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.” – Abraham Lincoln

What an incredible quote from Abraham Lincoln, so much wisdom in one line. I don’t know about you, but when I read this for the first time, I completely agreed. Proper preparation sets you up to win in life. After I read this, I began to think, “How often do I actually execute this level of diligent preparation?”

In our society today, we are running at such a fast pace that taking time to plan for a seamless execution could appear like someone is putting off until tomorrow what could be done today. What if we were willing to switch our perspective? What would it be like if we took the time today to sharpen our axes so that the next ten trees we chop down took less time and less effort?

Take the time to ask yourself today, where in my life would execution of the task be easier if I took the time to prepare more diligently?  What trees in your life are you committed to chopping down with more ease?