The title of this post is probably the best quote I've heard for a while. I heard it from the Conscious Coaching seminar I recently attended in reference to getting in and laying down some serious groundwork in terms of developing an understanding of how the personality of your athletes determine how they respond to certain situations.
Having that understanding early will allow you to manage them far better when the honeymoon period of training wears off and things get difficult.
After hearing this, my mind immediately started applying it to almost every other aspect of my life. Every other area where I know spending more time planning and being more prepared will help. Every other area where my stress levels would be reduced if all I did was dig the well before I was thirsty.
So how would this apply to you?
If you are trying to begin going to the gym in the morning, make sure everything you need is ready and waiting for you by your front door. It's a serious struggle in the beginning when you're groggy waking up and you still have to search for that one thing you need, at stupid o'clock in the morning, whilst trying not to wake everyone else in the house. Dig the well before you are thirsty.
If you are finding yourself a little time poor or lacking the energy to cook throughout the week, utilise your time on the weekend. Build a weekly menu, do your grocery shop and cook your meals in bulk, ahead of time. Dig the well before you are thirsty.
If you are one who might struggle for motivation every now and then, pause and reflect on whether or not you've set realistic and well-defined goals for yourself. The next step is to then look for any potential roadblocks you may face on your journey to achieving these goals. Slip ups happen, some are even unavoidable, but we might as well be prepared as we can for when they do occur. Dig the well before you are thirsty.
If you play a sport and are coming back from an injury, have you put enough genuine time and effort in to building the strength and confidence in your body required to perform at that critical moment in a game. Dig the well before you are thirsty.
For me as a business owner it's even making sure that I plan ahead and ensure that I make time to develop a library of resources to pull from when I don't have the luxury to look for them later on. Early on when I started Legacy Coaching, I had time, so I was able to spend it curating information and organising it so that when I am time-poor I'm able to use it when required. Dig the well before you are thirsty.
I'd encourage you to take a moment now and consider how being more prepared may create less stress for your future self and help you get one step closer to your goals.
If you have any good examples of this, or maybe you're unsure of how it applies to you, flick me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can map it out together.