Does it ever seem like some people are just born “lucky?” Like they somehow manage to slip through the barbs and snags that seem to hold everyone else out of the winner’s circle? The ones on the sunny side of the street, who’s journey – no doubt – was helped along by pixies and unicorns and all the good things? While most people seem to scramble around unsuccessfully, others appear to be pushed toward the right place at the right time, eyes and arms wide open, where luck hits them over their charmed little heads.
I’m not one of those people.
In fact, I’ve spent many a night playing the self-pity game – falling into an ugly comparison trap. I weigh my opportunities and successes against these “charmed” boys and girls, allowing myself to get stuck there, caught up in self-criticism and self-pity. I’ve spent waaaaay more time than I’d like to admit, whining to God and saying, “I’m tired. Why can’t things just come a bit more easily for me?” “Who am I kidding? I’m not as talented as so-and-so.” “I’m a hack. I should just stop.”
When I fall into that pattern, it’s usually because I’ve lost sight of the bigger picture. In the midst of those pity sessions, I see the image of success, not all the prep work and patience it took to get to get that person to that particular moment. I see someone who’s “arrived” without any consideration for how long it’s taken them to get there or what the trip has cost them. And the truth is that most big opportunities don’t just happen to people out of nowhere. Big breaks come as a result of taking one smaller opportunity that might not even look like an opportunity at all, and then taking the next one, and then the next one after that.
But that’s not the whole story. Not even close. If I’m honest, you know what I think is worse than not ever getting those smaller opportunities??
Missing them because you aren’t prepared for them.
Abraham Lincoln once said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” I believe the lucky people in life actually aren’t that lucky at all – they are better prepared.
And we’ve all heard the old adage, “Luck is where preparation meets opportunity.” Translation? Luck is what you get when you hustle faster, harder, and longer than anyone else.
So, let’s get our hustle on. Let’s push our comfort zones. Let’s make smart decisions that allow us to be prepared when an opportunity – large or small – presents itself. Over the next few weeks, I’ll share snippets of what I’m in the continual process of learning in the way of preparing to “get lucky” – both in creating opportunities and allowing room for opportunities to happen. I know I’m not the only one on this adventure, so join with me in this journey of learning. :)