Are You Prepared? – April 29.2011

Abraham Lincoln once said, “I will prepare, and some day my chance
will come.” When his chance came, he was ready.

During his seminary years, one priest-in-training owned a favorite
T-shirt. Across the front was emblazoned: “Expectant Father.” His
chance came and he, too, was ready.

When your chance comes, will you be ready?

I know that sports stories don’t speak to everyone, but if you’ll
indulge me, I think Wayne Gretzky has something powerful to teach us
about preparation. Former ice hockey superstar Gretzky knew the
value of being ready. He broke almost every record imaginable and is
generally thought to be the greatest hockey player of all time.

“The Great One,” as he is often called, is not particularly big – he
stands at 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighed about 170 pounds during
his career. He never skated particularly fast, his shot was not
high-powered and he often placed dead last on regular strength tests
administered to his team. So what made him so great?

Gretzky attributes his stardom to practice and preparation. He
practiced stick handling in the off-season with a tennis ball, as
the ball was harder to control than a puck. In practice he
innovated. He practiced bouncing the puck off the sideboards to his
teammates until that technique became a regular part of his play.
Then he worked on bouncing the puck off the net. He became so
accomplished at these maneuvers that he sometimes said, “People say
there’s only six men on the ice, but really, if you use the angle of
deflection of the board, there’s seven. If you count the net, that’s
eight. From the opening face-off, I always figure we have ’em
eight-on-six.”

The Great One was so great because, when his chance came to make an
impact, he was ready. And because he was ready, chances came again
and again.

I’ve learned this: it doesn’t matter what awaits me just across the
sea if I haven’t built a boat

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About Robynn

Robynn Jaymes has spent her whole life in radio… 30 years!! And almost half of them have been at Star Country. Originally from Cincinnati, Robynn came to the area as a Liberty University student. Along with all things country music, Robynn is a big fan of Football!—The Virginia Tech Hokies, The Washington Redskins and, of course, the Cincinnati Bengals. And also, “I’m addicted to the Weather Channel,” she says. Right now, Robynn is a big fan if the music coming from Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum and Kenny Chesney! Robynn is also a winner of the Billboard Air Personality of the Year award. Hear all new Warm & Fuzzies with Robynn M-F at 11:45AM!

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