IT’S YOUR LUCKY DAY!
Nothing epitomizes the spirit of (good) Luck more than St. Patrick’s Day!
With emerald green and vibrant gold, rainbows and pots of coins, shamrocks and happy leprechauns, St. Patrick’s Day highlights the “luck of the Irish” for us.
But what is this thing called luck?
Is it really the rubbing of a rabbit’s foot (gross), throwing the dice, the picking and preservation of a four-leaf clover, wearing that special hat, donning the unlaundered (for years) jersey or slipping on the tattered shoes in hopes you’ll land that job or help your favorite team win?
Real luck lies within hard work and careful preparation.
Time and again, people have believed and stated that “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.”
Think about how powerful that is.
You have to be prepared for what you want – to plan for success (as well as shoring up for momentary failure).
To be savvy, skilled and educated enough to know when something (or someone) presents the perfect opportunity. Even if something is the greatest opportunity in the world, if you’re not ready?
And so does the “luck” in that particular situation.
Oh sure. There are the stories about stopping into the corner store on a whim, when the randomness of the universe bestows a kiss upon the person’s cheek, whispering “do it” in the ear. Whether the person played their “lucky numbers” or “took a chance” on a quick pick, this is what we normally think of when we hear about a person’s luck.
I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often.
But luck is so much more than a one-off spin of the wheel. Luck is inextricably entwined with wishes – which are your dreams. Every great invention, company, book, work of art, etc. began with a dream.
What’s YOUR dream? Do you have one? Or several? What are they? What motivates you? Most importantly: do you have a detailed plan for achieving your dream? If not, why not? What’s stopping you? I promise you, there is more than one way to overcome obstacles. By motivating yourself, you motivate others. Whether you realize it or not, you do. Sometimes YOU are the only light someone else sees or by which they navigate. Keep going. It’s a big responsibility, but you’re up for it.
Turn your weaknesses into strengths. CAPITALIZE on those weaknesses, because there’s an excellent chance that, if you have fears, foibles and misgivings, so do others. What do you do with that? TRANSFORM your weakness and fears into positives.
EVERYONE is looking for solutions to something. To one thing, to many things. Everyone. If you develop the ideal plan/solution, you’re in the perfect position to help others. You generate your own luck – and draw people in with you. Work from a place of altruism, not selfishness even though the genesis of your brilliant idea/dream/solution was finding an answer to your personal problem.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
–Thomas A. Edison
Don’t give up on your dreams. Instead, have that plan and ACT UPON that plan. For the minute you abandon your dreams, you abandon yourself. An empty place in your soul will remain forever, a hole which can never be filled. Do you really want to go through life like that? It doesn’t matter how old you are, it’s “never too late to be who you might have been.”
Be generous and work hard, but expect nothing in return. Ever. You’ll be eternally – and deeply – disappointed. However, if you approach every situation with an open heart, open mind and open eyes, you’ll cultivate really great karma, and with great karma, comes great luck. It will seem that luck generates itself. The energy you push out into the Universe boomerangs its way back to you.
You make your own luck – again, don’t depend on anyone to till that particular soil for you. You know what you want (and if you don’t, begin to unravel that RIGHT NOW). Cultivate your dreamscape with a firm and creative hand. Be open to everything, but know what you want.
As you work hard, always survey the landscape. If you don’t look up, look around and look at the horizon, you WILL miss that opportunity when it comes knocking – or traipsing through your garden with work boots on. Don’t be passive. Lady luck hates lazy people.
Be proactive, not reactive. Do your research. Save your money. Help others out whether or not they ask for it, because I can guarantee you, most people won’t ask for assistance, even if they are desperate.
Luck requires honing your skill or skills – whatever they may be: writing, sports, crafts. Over and over again, until you could scream out of boredom or frustration. Become excellent – and if you don’t know how, learn where you can turn for help on your journey.
My favorite quote of all time is attributed to the 16th century German philosopher Goethe, who writes.
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Begin it now.”
After all of that …