Preparation is one of the many keys to success. I don’t know a single person who “winged” everything and stayed on top. Begin planning with the end in mind. Set your goals first and then develop your plan for how you will get there. Don’t be afraid to have a Big Hairy Audacious Goal also known as “BHAG.” After your goals have been set, develop your strategy. Plan to revisit your goals on a regular basis to measure success. Your action plan may need some adjustments every now and then, however if you don’t have a plan in place, then it has often been said that you plan to fail.