The More You Practice The Luckier You Get
Arnold Palmer, one of the world’s most successful golfers, was quoted saying “It’s a strange thing, the more I practice the luckier I get.” I don’t think he’s alone in that sentiment, luck is more predictable than it might seem, and you can leverage it for yourself when you start thinking about it the right way.
You’ve probably heard the expression that “luck is when preparation meets opportunity.” I really like this definition, and when you dissect it you’ll see there’s actually a formula to getting lucky.
It’s within your power to prepare. It’s the extra reps you put in to feel more confident with a presentation. It’s the craft you’re perfecting and continuously improving. More preparation is simply more practice, which involves you allocating more time to focus on developing in a specific area.
Then there’s opportunity. We often think of opportunity as something that spontaneously landed in your lap, but that’s a disservice to the real mechanism. You can create more opportunities with strategy. All it involves is you planting more seeds and putting yourself in more positions for things to materialize into something beneficial to you.
The more people you tell about something you want, the more likely it is that an opportunity will pop up that’s in perfect alignment. Why is that? You’re giving the universe more pathways to deliver, allowing it to come to you through more channels.
Whether it be through the lens of preparation or opportunity, you can create your own luck. So instead of resigning yourself to accept whatever comes your way, you can be empowered to create the results you want.
The manner in which they come may seem like a “lucky break” or “being in the right place at the right time”, but isn’t that somewhat earned? Isn’t that a skill to be in the right place for you to capitalize on an opportunity to get what you want?
My encouragement to you is to stop hoping and wishing that something will be and instead play an active role in its becoming. It will arrive to you sooner than you expected, so much so that it might even catch you off guard and feel like luck when it happens.
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