It takes a lot of planning and preparation for things to be easy.
There is a lot of effort and hard work that goes into things running smoothly. It does not just happen on its own. We need to plan, prepare, and set up the conditions for things to go well.
Things still may not go the way we want. We cannot plan for every contingency and every possible variable. We can, however, try to do so.
We can educate and train ourselves and our teams. We can communicate clearly and consistently. We can evaluate and mitigate whatever potential risks may exist to the best of our ability.
We can work harder, prepare more, and be more disciplined than is perceived as necessary so that, when it matters, even if something changes or even goes terribly wrong, it is neither surprising nor derailing because something going wrong was part of our plan from the beginning.
Holistic Budo: As it is in budo, so too it is in life. As it is in life, so too it is in budo.
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