Luck… an excerpt from the soon to be released book:
Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee
For the first time in this book, I am going to contradict everything we believe we know about one of our keywords. The word in question is luck. For the sake of uniformity, we will analyze the definition of the word first, and then change it. The difference in the way we study this keyword is the need to redefine the word so we can use on our journey toward victory and success. Once we redefine luck, I hope you will either take a second look at what you call luck or remove the word from your vocabulary altogether. So let’s begin with the definition of luck: a force that brings good fortune or adversity.
What is this so-called force that brings either good news or bad news in the form of luck? How can you harness the power of this force to bring about fulfillment of your dreams and vision? Neither question can truly be answered because we do not truly know where, or when this mystical force will appear in our lives. We do not know if it will arrive as a blessing or a curse. We do not know when good luck will strike, nor do we know when bad luck will strike. So why do we use this word at all, especially if it brings a sense of fear instead of courage?
I think we use the word luck to explain or give meaning to the events in our lives. When things are going well, we can say we are having good luck. Since most people want good luck, why is it so difficult to remain on a lucky streak, even when we make an effort to prolong our good fortune? When things are not going well, we can say we are having bad luck. Since most people want to avoid bad luck, why is it so difficult to break an unlucky streak, even when we make an effort to end our bad fortune? I strongly suggest forgetting about trying to figure your so-called luck. Instead, change the way you think about luck entirely.
In preparation for one of the most dynamic concepts in this book, remember that success is not an accident; it is a planned process that will work for you! Now that you know remember this, here is another way to look at luck...
“Luck” = Opportunity + Risk
Understand that you are presented with numerous opportunities every day. The first thing you should do is learn how to recognize them. Maybe you had a dream, and then it seemed to manifest itself in real-life. Maybe you had a thought, and someone said something similar (or even your exact thought) during a conversation. Maybe you had an idea, and putting it on paper started to draw the necessary resources to make it happen. These are all examples of opportunities, and they present themselves to all of us constantly if we use our vision effectively…
As a final thought, I believe this is why the concept of luck is misunderstood. Not enough people put in the required work to reap the benefits associated with creating luck. Not enough people identify opportunities. Not enough people take calculated risks. Despite this, the good news is if we hold on to our new definition of luck (opportunity + risk), we will achieve victory and become more successful and… lucky!
Affirmation: I choose to make my own good luck based on pursuing both opportunities and calculated risks.
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