"Whoever is first in the field and awaits the coming of the enemy, will be fresh for the fight; whoever is second in the field and has to hasten to battle will arrive exhausted." - Sun Tzu, The Art of War
In the battlefield of college admissions, this simply means to fill out your college applications EARLY. It is much less stressful that way.
"If the leader is filled with high ambition and if he pursues his aims with audacity and strength of will, he will reach them in spite of all obstacles." - Clausewitz, On War
Life has a way of throwing all sorts of curves and twists into the mix. Often things like writing a paper, researching colleges, or filling out applications are the last things you may want to do, but you must keep moving forward. This is cliche' by now, but very true.
This is the ultimate goal to strive for NOW as opposed to LATER :