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Quote by Dennis Waitley: “Expect the best, plan for the worst and prepare...”

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Plan for the worst. Expect the best.

The older I get, the more of a realist I become. I have lived long enough to see that having an optimistic, positive attitude is absolutely the best way to go through life. However, at the same time, I have to be realistic about the situations that often arise in everyday life.

Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised (Denis Waitley)

Though there are a myriad of situations that can never be expected, they can certainly be predicted and planned for. On a long enough time line, the statistical inevitability of an un planned occurrence within the predictable scope of operations is definite. How does this apply to our day to day work? If we can analyze the common outcomes of a given situation, and the necessity for training, equipment, support, appropriate time frames and controls then we can gather and implement the resources needed to cover most, if not all of the unexpected, yet predictable results. How do we factor this in to our business? The primary issue when dealing with preparation in business will always be the cost, if we try to plan for each and every possible situation and acquire the equipment, training and time necessary to cover these possibilities, we would surely run out of funds long before most of these situations occur, however if we are able to trend and prioritize the likelihood of these occurrences, we are able to triage the needs of our business and cost-effectively plan for the worst.

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Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes. If we are wise, let us prepare for the worst. This is the precept by which I have lived: Prepare for the worst; expect the best; and take what comes. Be a balanced optimist.

This title is two quotes combined — from authors Denis Waitley and Lee Child.
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