Whoever said “Prepare for the worst but expect the best” was wrong, very wrong indeed.
However, something I agree with – that surely you do to – is that “Actions speak louder than words”. Wouldn’t preparing for the best, be best? Putting forth the effort and action required to prepare for something that will be in the top 10% of greatest accomplishments is what is important. You don’t want to prepare for the worst as discussed in an earlier post (Safety First: The Art Of Preparation) So why not prepare for the best but expect the worst? After all, our greatest moments of happiness arrive when something that was positively unexpected occurs. This means that when whatever you prepared for was a success, you will feel a billion times greater because you thought it wouldn’t turn out that great.
After this, it might be better to start saying that actions speak louder than thoughts too.
Stay Positive and Keep Doing Better Than Expected
Garth E. Beyer