This week at the gym we’ve been talking about luck
There are so many sayings about luck and so much emphasis put on being lucky or unlucky
Just another way that our beliefs influence our perspective on life events, and our own abilities
Luck has been a constant through the ages and some great quotes about luck are:
“Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it” Thomas Jefferson
“People always call it luck when you’ve acted more sensibly than they have.” Anne Tyler
But my favorite one hands down is “fortune favors the prepared mind” – Dr. Luis Pasteur
In my past I’ve considered myself both lucky and unlucky, but it wasn’t until I stopped to reflect on times when I triumphed and overcame and obstacle, achieved a goal, or learned a new skill
That I realized it had nothing to do with luck
I had worked very hard over the course of years to achieve those things
And those times when I felt particularly unlucky were periods in my life where I didn’t have a clear purpose or direction, and didn’t feel like I was working towards anything
But I do think that I’m lucky in some regards: lucky to be born with a functioning mind and body and lucky to have a family that supports me.
That being said, I think we confuse luck with timing, which is far more important
Being in the right place- right time usually has a back story that goes unnoticed. Like those famous writers, actors, and athletes that were given opportunities and made the most out of them to transform their lives….
Someone like Oprah falls into this category, considering her past and her life now, is she lucky or unlucky?
See what I mean…
That’s fortune favoring the prepared…
Each day we’re faced with the potential of a new day- 24hours that can turn into anything
It’s almost maddening sometimes to thing about, especially if you’re feeling stuck
Change can be daunting, but the realization that change must come from you in order for your life to change… can be a starting point
Here are 4 steps you can take to make small, meaningful changes in your life to be more prepared
(and in turn more lucky!)
- Start with decisions– When I’m coaching my students we talk about decisions as the point of power- so ask yourself each time you’re eating or choosing whether to sit on the couch or get some exercise- “will this move me closer or further away from my goals” that way you take all the emotion of “wants” out of the equation.. it’s a yes or no answer
- Write down 1 major goal you want to accomplish for each area of your life- categories like health, finances, career, family, hobbies- and think of one big goal that you want to work towards this year and keep tabs on your progress. Plan to work on these things by attaching 3 actions you can take for each goal and make time to take action
- Assess where you’re leaking– Yes, you heard that right. Where are you leaking energy, cash, time…closing up those wholes will give you piece of mind, give you more spare time, and feel like your taking control over your life (because you are)
- Make time for your recovery. This can be making sure you sleep 7-8 hours, doing a few minutes of breathing or meditation each day, journaling, anything that will help you empty your body and mind of stress and allow yourself to fully relax. Tapping into the parasympathetic nervous system. You’ll feel less strung out with stress, happier, and sleep is considered a magic pill of weight loss because it allows your body to repair itself (and get those results you work hard for)
Start where you are and don’t allow self-judgement to creep in.
This is about you and what you want for yourself…after all it’s YOUR life.
If you need an example of someone who made their own luck check out this short video about Anthony Robles and decide for yourself
Yours in strength,
X Coach Meghan