Have you ever had a day when everything seemed to go your way? When you see a penny do you pick it up hoping all the day you’ll have good luck? If you have, you’re not the only lucky dog in town. Many would be wishers, down on their luck are always on the lookout for the next lucky charm to change their lives. From handshakes and hairdo-dos to superstitious routines and voodoos, they want to try and get the edge on their competition and hopefully their lives. They live and die by luck. They believe that being lucky is the only way out of their dire straits, and to get ahead and be happy in this hard luck world.
To those who haven’t had your ‘lucky break’ yet, it’s easy to credit other’s successes to the luck of the draw. As if to say that the Divine Dealer dealt them a better hand of cosmic cards than he did to you. I think the Divine Dealer has more important things to do than play cards or randomly pass out tickets to the lunar lottery. And just for the record, Lady Luck is not on his payroll, or prayer roll. Ms. Fortune will find you long before Lady Luck does. And no, Serendipity is not going to knock on your door with a kiss of kismet. Because no matter what cards you think you were dealt, you still have to learn to play them right and not rely on a lucky deal from a chauvinistic shuffle. Sure, you can scope out your horoscope all you want and thank your lucky stars all night, but until you stop putting your faith in fate and start realizing your own power and potential to decide your own destiny and destinations you’ll miss out on the true miracles in life.
When we reassign our resiliency to rise above mediocrity to simply relying on wishful thinking, we resign ourselves to become and to remain unhappy and unsuccessful. We feel like failures because we think we need a lucky break to be someone special or to make a difference in this world. Success comes by choice, not chance. Yes, we still need to take chances, but it is what’s in our hearts, not the stars that will steer us to the life we want to live. It’s time to stop rolling the dice and roll up our sleeves and get to work on making our lives what we want them to be. Stop looking for a lucky leprechaun to loot, and give the rabbit back its foot. And no matter how many leaves your coveted clover has, here are some less magical but more practical ways to make your own luck.
INSPIRATION: Think about what you love to do; who you love to be with and places you love to go. The answers will give you ideas of who you are and what you need to do to become that person.
PREPARATION: Luck doesn’t exist. It’s a misnomer for miracles. Luck is putting your faith in trinkets and treasures, while miracles is doing all YOU can do to change your life and then trusting that what you lack will be provided and that you will be prepared to receive it.
PERSPIRATION: Making your own luck is tough. You will have some long days and lose some sleep to re-invest more time, trust and effort into re-inventing yourself and your life. It’s worth it!
DETERMINATION: Lucky breaks or not you’ve got to keep pressing forward. If one idea doesn’t work, create another one. When it’s time for a change don’t be afraid to change. And even if your luck runs out it won’t matter because you will have learned to lean on something greater than a field full of four-leaf clovers; the power of your heart. When you can rely on your heart more than wishful thinking it truly will be your lucky day.