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Luck Has Jack To Do With Success

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I heard someone I know the other day say “cross your fingers for me.”

Those who know me know that I wouldn’t do that if it were the last thing I could do on Earth. Luck is a figment of the imagination. You don’t get lucky; you create your own luck.

What makes you lucky is four simple practices:

A) You practice being happy
B) You put in the work
C) You play the long game
D) You serve others

That’s kind of it. I know you were expecting some big 5000-word explanation but that’s not how I roll.
The best advice is simple, to the point, inspiring and honest.

These four things have made me lucky over the last few years. People think I must have married a girl with the last name “lucky.” The truth is I’m single for now, so that’s also a myth.

When I reminisced on all that I’ve achieved, I realized that I wasn’t lucky. What I really was, was action orientated. I found the tools and then I made bold decisions. Decisions such as:

A) No more drama
B) Think the best of every situation
C) When time’s get tough, find someone who’s in a worse position
D) Focus on moving forward. Look through the windscreen, not the rear vision mirror.

You’ve seen these four decisions many times I’m sure. Have you religiously practiced them every hour, of every day? I doubt it. That’s the difference between those who seem lucky and those that seem to be unlucky. You have to decide to be lucky. You have to make the decisions that form so-called “luck.”

The myth

I feel like the concept of investing is an excellent way to think about luck.

Investing is the result of doing the same thing over and over, playing the long game and diversifying your risk. Basically, investing is about being consciously smart. So is luck.

You become successful by:

Playing the long game

Luck is stupid because people think it happens in the blink of a moment. Success happens over the long haul. I think it’s at least five years, but insert what ever number you like. My point is that success happens beyond 30 days.

If you don’t think you have created your own luck, then it’s because you haven’t waited long enough. You have to be able to go the distance

Crossing your fingers and hoping for a miracle is like expecting someone to touch your forehead and make you a millionaire. I saw this in a church once by the way, so I’m not making this stuff up.

Doing it over and over

We’ve read a million blog posts about habits and I know for a fact that people love hearing about habits. Too bad people don’t practice them the way they worship the advice. Investing works when you put money into an asset that generates a return over and over.

Success is sort of the same. You must put in energy, effort and belief into your goals every day before you can become what others call “lucky.” It’s boring as hell but it works. It’s the monotonous tasks that create success in the long term.

Diversifying your risk

Luck happens when you spread your risk. I like to have three things or less that I focus on so that if one stuffs up, then the other one can take the lead. You wouldn’t put all of your money into Bitcoin now, would you? You might put a small percentage in though to diversify your risk.

What’s holding you back from appearing lucky?

This is a pretty straightforward question to answer and you’re not going to like it. What’s holding you back is you. More specifically, the “YOU” I’m referring to is your mind which controls every decision you make.

“The way you change your mind is to ask better questions”

Questions are what makes you lucky. With a new question, you can create an entirely different life experience. A question that has made me appear lucky is:

How can I inspire people daily with my dream?

This recurring thought has made me lucky because now I want to serve others using whatever I can to inspire them. I spend a lot of time looking in every hidden crack for a dose of inspiration that could change someone’s day.

This single question has made me lucky. What will make you lucky is:

A) You practice being happy
B) You put in the work
C) You play the long game
D) You serve others

I did these four practices unconsciously at first; now I do them consciously due to the awareness that comes from success. As you develop yourself and learn about who you are, you see what works and what doesn’t work. What’s funny is that what works is pretty similar for all of us.

That’s why we need to compare notes with each other to see that being lucky has nothing to do with success. We create our own luck through the above four practices. We determine if we are lucky. Therefore, luck is something we create and you can create it too. We all can create luck.

“My point is that luck doesn’t fall on your lap with a set of keys to a Lamborghini”

If you find yourself saying “fingers crossed,” or “hoping,” or “with a bit of luck,” then you’re leaving your life up to chance.

By doing that, chances are you will not do anything meaningful or fulfilling. I want more than that for you. Think about that for a moment then go out there and create your own luck.

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In the pursuit of personal and professional growth, plateaus are inevitable. They appear when progress seems to halt, despite your continuous efforts. But remember, a plateau is not a full stop; it’s a comma that allows you to pause, reflect, and shift gears. This article provides six powerful strategies to overcome plateaus and achieve breakthrough success.

1. Find Out the Root Cause

When facing a plateau, there is likely something causing you to sabotage your progress. Identify the root cause. What is sabotaging your progress? Examine your daily routine and how you spend your time. Are you wasting time on unnecessary activities? Or are you taking on too many tasks that you can’t handle?

Often, adding more tasks overloads your already tight routine and distracts you from focusing on the most important tasks. Therefore, often eliminating unnecessary activity will work to overcome plateaus. However, be cautious of not doing things right, such as tasks you have not yet undertaken or missing something. What actions do you need to take or improve to achieve your goal? Are you avoiding them, or have you not started yet?

2. Never Tolerate Problems

Once you’ve identified the root cause, never tolerate problems. If you tolerate them, you’ll end up staying stuck. You get what you tolerate. Once you recognize the problem you’re facing, never tolerate it. Instead, address and improve the situation.

3. Focus on a 100% Solution and 0% Problems

To overcome a challenge, it’s essential to plan how to get through it. Yet, people often find themselves asking, ‘Why is it bad?’ or ‘What is wrong with it?’ Questions of this nature limit our thinking, leading our brains to generate responses like ‘Because you’re not good enough’ or ‘Everything is wrong with you.’ These limited answers tend to resonate with the situation and drag you down further.

Instead, ask empowering questions without limits, such as ‘What is not perfect yet, and how can I turn things around while making a more positive impact?’ By asking unlimited empowering questions, you’ll shift your focus from the problem to the solution. Additionally, you will also notice that asking empowering questions can expand available options and allow you to see from an angle you couldn’t see before.

Focusing on problems rarely yields positive outcomes. The key to positive results lies in concentrating on the solution. The next time you face adversity and notice getting caught by unresourceful thoughts, snap out of it and direct your focus to a 100% solution and 0% problems.

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” – Henry Ford

4. Cultivate Success-Driven Traits

Identify the traits you need to have and get rid of to become the person you aspire to be. Consider your specific goals – for instance, attracting positive relationships. To achieve this, note down the traits you need to embrace, such as being open-minded, gentle, healthy, and treating others the way you want to be treated.

Cultivate a positive mindset. Simultaneously, get rid of traits like criticizing others, having a short temper, and engaging in unhealthy habits like taking drugs.

Learn from individuals who have achieved similar goals. Study their traits, both the ones they have and those they’ve consciously avoided. Implement these traits to align with the person you want to become.

Once you have your lists of traits to embrace and eliminate, diligently follow them. Place the list on your desk or the door of your room, ensuring you read it at least once a day to reinforce your commitment to these traits.

5. Track Your Habits

Carry a notepad to track your habits throughout the day, especially those contributing to plateaus, as well as your new habits or traits aligned with achieving your goals. For instance, if your root cause is excessive internet use, record instances of mindless scrolling on social media. Note when you engage, the emotional state prompting it, and the approximate duration.

Calculate the total minutes wasted at the end of the day. This habit tracking makes you aware of the emotions triggering these behaviors (stress, boredom, and frustration) and the time wasted.

Additionally, track positive new habits, like reading good books and exercising. Document what you’ve learned from the book and the time spent exercising. This practice helps you build new positive habits by enabling you to compare today’s results with those from yesterday or a week ago. 

Moreover, consistently sticking to new habits for around 18 months transforms them into lifelong habits. Even if you take breaks, you will find yourself naturally returning to those habits.

6. See Obstacles as Opportunities

Every obstacle can be an opportunity to turn things around. If the economy is in a downturn, it’s time to recognize it as an opportunity to thrive while everyone else is struggling and focused on the problem. If someone makes fun of you or causes you trouble, ask yourself, ‘What can I learn from this experience?’

Alternatively, consider that the person underrating you is setting low expectations, which are easier to exceed. If your business receives a bad review from a customer, see it as free feedback that guides you on how to improve and take your business to the next level.

Always try to see different angles that others may overlook. This perspective can reveal aspects you might be missing. When you view a problem as an opportunity, it has the potential to foster growth.

In the journey toward success, plateaus are just temporary pauses, not dead ends. So, keep moving, keep growing, and make your breakthrough.

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