This week’s #WednesdayWisdom is about preparation vs positioning.

When you know what’s coming, prepare.

If you have a presentation on the calendar next week, you can rehearse. If you have an appointment, you can easily factor in travel time so you’re not late. If you know the bill is due next year, you can save the money this year.

When you don’t know what’s coming, position.

When the future is uncertain, you can position. No one knows what’s going to happen with the economy, but you can position yourself against potential loss by spending less than you earn. You don’t know what’s going to happen to your health, but you can strengthen your position against disease by exercising. You don’t know when you might need your friends, but you can be in a good position to ask for their help by being the kind of friend they can count on. Being well-positioned enables anyone to come out ahead no matter what obstacles the unknown may present.

Remember: Planning, preparation, and positioning are useful until they become forms of procrastination. Always ask: Is this task enhancing my actions or substituting for them?