Preparation, is the thing that you do or time you spend preparing for something.
Quite often we schedule preparation for a performance like performance in exams, in giving a speech, running a marathon etc for a certain period before the actual performance day.
However, If you are looking for a remarkable performance, that limited scheduled preparation is merely polishing, refining, crystallising and not preparation.
A remarkable performance is a result of everyday preparation which is impossible without a habit of preparation. That limited scheduled preparation is just the tail end of your preparation not the preparation itself.
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