Getting Prepared One Half Hour at a Time


A while back I reviewed, The Power of a Half Hour (Take Back Your Life Thirty Minutes at a Time) by Tommy Barnett.

To be honest, I was already in sync with this author’s premise that lives can be changed for the better by living in thirty minute segments because I’ve been doing it for years.

When my kids were small, I realized that it was going to be a challenge squeezing in time for writing/reviewing/exercising/eating/drinking/breathing…

So, I adopted the thirty minute plan some thirty years ago and it’s been keeping me on track ever since.

In Barnett’s book, he shares how valuable thirty minutes of preparation is for any type of success.

Preparation is necessary for any (and all) types of success.

As Barnett points out:

Whenever you see someone doing a complicated task with grace and ease, you can be sure without a doubt that the person has spent countless hours in preparation. Getting prepared is not the glamorous part, no matter what the task may be. But there will be no glamour realized unless you do the sufficient preparation.

How many times have you read about garage bands that toiled for ten or fifteen years in grungy clubs before they released a hit song that launched them to “overnight success”? It’s a more common occurrence than you might imagine. In our instant-gratification society we downplay all the hard work it takes to reach goals, but that does not change the need for a commitment to readiness.


I love the concept of always preparing for what may come next.

And if we’re as serious about succeeding in whatever we put our hand to in life…readiness is essential.

Readiness is also powerful.

As Barnett reminds readers:

Your preparation can have a lasting effect on people.

Or not.


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