Stop Waiting for Luck to Change Your Life.

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Luck is overrated. In fact, in my opinion, there is no such thing as luck. What is this phenomenon called luck and where did it even come from?

According to Wikipedia, the word luck didn’t appear in the English language until 1480. This birth came from centuries of prior thoughts and circumstances of life that were attributed to things thought to be out of the control of human beings. In effect, predestined to happen no matter what.

The dictionary defines luck as: “the force that seems to operate for good or ill in a person’s life, as in shaping circumstances, events, or opportunities; good fortune; advantage or success, considered as the result of chance; a combination of circumstances, events, etc., operating by chance to bring good or ill to a person.

The dictionary further states that luck is the “force that seems to operate for good or ill in a person’s life.” In other words, it has an appearance of having control or effect on circumstances but it’s fuzzy, not clear, and not factually based. That is the problem with the concept of luck. It has no substance.

In an article by Inc. Magazine, based in part on a 10-year university study by Psychologist, Richard Wiseman, the nature of luck is revealed to, in large part, be controlled by what a person does. That luck, good or bad, is a result of actions by persons who are in control of those actions. The study is detailed in a publication referenced as The Luck Factor.

The fact that so-called “luck” is more about the controlled actions of an individual than happenstance makes sense. Hoping and looking to the future with heartstrings tied to luck is a losing proposition.

Here’s The Reality of Luck

I’ve found that the harder I work the luckier I get. If you want control over your destiny and to have your outcomes under your control as much as possible, you’ve got to get off your duff and do the work necessary to make it happen.

I’ve lived for several decades now and I’ve never seen luck do better than the method I’ve just described.

Plenty of other known and much more accomplished persons than I agree:

“When it comes to luck you make your own.” –Bruce Springsteen

“Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.” Oprah Winfrey

“Luck has nothing to do with it, because I have spent many, many hours, countless hours, on the court working for my one moment in time, not knowing when it would come.” — Serena Williams

Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get. — Ray Kroc

If you want to be lucky plan your work and work your plan. You’ll be surprised at how luck will start showing up.

Luck Creates an Excuse to Carry Excess Baggage. Get Rid of It.

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Living with thoughts that you are unlucky or lucky opens you up to a mindset of excuses.

When the things that you’ve planned or would like to have happened don’t, it’s easy to throw up your hands in disappointment and exclaim “It just wasn’t my lucky day or that’s just the way luck would have it.” Stop it. That’s excess baggage and garbage that weighs you down in your thought process.

If this has happened to you, likely, you don’t even realize that you picked up negative excess baggage that you will carry with you into the next challenge of trying to get where you want to go.

Don’t let this happen. Drop or capture and control negative thoughts.

Don’t look at bad fortune or disappointment as a failure or bad luck, look at it as a learning experience. It provides you with the next step on the ladder to success. View it with the attitude that there are no mistakes, only lessons.

There is such an abundance of opportunities for good fortune and accomplishment that luck should never enter into the equation for achieving success.

Give all you’ve got toward reaching your goals and leave nothing in your tank. Exhaust every ounce of power, fortitude, and persistence you can muster up and luck will show up in your favor. The realization and conclusion will be:

“Luck is what you have left over after you give 100%.” — Langston Coleman.

I find it interesting that luck is never mentioned in the Bible, the book that America’s precepts and concepts was supposedly based upon. However, it does mention chance.

“I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.” Ecclesiastes 9:11 KJV.

One could argue that the reference to chance is the same as luck. It’s not. You see, the scripture describes people who are in the race, whether they win it or not they are taking action to make something happen. The fact that it might not happen has nothing to do with luck.

Don’t confuse luck with the shaping of your destiny. They are not mutually exclusive.

For example, If I want to build a muscular lean body, I can trust to chance it will happen or make my luck by eating nutritious food and working out regularly with muscle building training until I sculpt the body I want.

But when I act on it, then, according to scientific study, it is no longer luck.

The point may be made that this is not always true though: For example, you can intentionally make your way to a sporting event to get the autograph of a star player (not luck) and either the star player has been injured and won’t be playing that day or there are so many people ahead of you that you just never get to the star to his or her signature. (bad luck).

This conclusion would be a fallacy, however. You see, the difference is you intentionally and deliberately took the action necessary to make it happen. Some things are just not in your control.

That’s not luck, it’s just an occurrence that you had no control over despite your intentions. It also means you can control the circumstances next time by checking to see if the player will be present and getting there ahead of others so you can be one of the first in line.

Luck is summed up in the words of Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding fathers of America.

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”

Thomas Jefferson knew that luck never trumps hard work and dedication to reach a goal.

God himself puts to rest the concept that luck has bearing on outcomes. In His Word, He requires action –the thing that dictates luck if you want to hang on to that concept.

The Bible says: “Faith without works is dead” James 2:14–26.

Here’s The Conclusion of The Matter

You will never be luckier than the price you’re willing to pay to achieve your goals.

Luck will not help you remove the barriers that block the way to your chosen destination. Only grit, courage, and determination to move mountains, if necessary, will do that.

“Luck always seems to be against the person who depends on it.” — Anonymous

Don’t let anybody fool you. You can be as lucky as you want to be. Go out and make luck happen.

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Roy Landers

Roy Landers

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Business attorney, entrepreneur, content marketer, and published author. I help you communicate your marketing message and generate sales. www.roylanders.com