Are You the Lucky One?

Are You the Lucky One?

Picture of good-luck symbols.Have you seen someone who is passionate about her work? Who has found the perfect niche for herself? Do you feel it is unfair sometimes? How did they get so lucky? Are you the lucky one?

Truth is, the good luck that comes your way depends on your willingness to act.

If you don’t know what you want, you’ll feel stuck. There’s this tendency to be sure of things before making a move. But there really no assurance of anything. Action is the only thing for people who don’t know what they want.

Here are some reasons why it is so. Action….

Helps You Think

Sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it?

Exposing yourself to real-life experiences, seeing how they feel to you will help you do better. Thinking alone will not get you anywhere other than disillusioned. Action in any direction (even the wrong direction) gives you clues where to go next.

Raises Your Self-Esteem

Inaction isn’t the result of only indecision. Fear is the biggest piece of it.

Every time you want to do something scary and you dare to do it, your self-esteem goes up. Feeling the fear and doing it anyway is doing you a great favor.

So what if someone slams the door in your face. What if she refuses to answer your letter. What if he yells at you. What if the worst outcome imaginable comes to pass?

You’ll be a success every time you face down fear. You feel the success. And, the feeling is intoxicating.

But, every time you yield to inaction, your self-esteem drops. Your morale sinks along with it.

Start “acting as if.” You can’t afford to wait until you’ve got it all lined up. It will never happen.

It works. Why? High self-esteem comes after action, not before.

A life not lived fully is hell, right here on Earth.

Good Luck Happens

I do believe in planning. I’ve made a good living by working for large companies helping them plan.

[tweetthis]The truth is that planning is mostly science fiction.[/tweetthis]

Barbara Sher tells us this. There never was a plan that was more than a hopeful prediction.

The most compelling reason to plan is that following a plan gets you get into action. You get out in the world.

Try it. Set a goal, any goal. Start doing everything you can think of to achieve it. I guarantee you, your life will change.

Different Kinds of Plans for Different People

When I worked on multi-million dollar projects, I had to plan. Those plans accounted for many moving parts. And the lots of people involved.

Often, reputations at stake. So there were lots of details in the plan.

You don’t have to do the same, though. Most people think they can’t do that. There is a subtler type of planning. It boils down to this:

Every time you have to make a choice about anything, think: “Does this go toward or away from what I want?”

Your choice has to be to move toward what you want.

There’s Something Inside Us

It has great instincts.

Sometimes your choices or timing may seem a bit weird to others. You can trust your instincts, you know. That which is inside you knows how fast to move and how much to carry. And it tells you things that may not always make sense at first.

[tweetthis]You can trust your desire.[/tweetthis]

Scan yourself until you find some desire. Don’t worry whether it’s practical or not. Start acting on it. There’s a soundness in your longings that’s beyond rational thought. Your desire will point you in the right direction much better than rules or advice.

Your Turn

Ready to take some action? Wonderful!

  1. Select something that is non-threatening to you.
  2. Think about what you have to do and when you are going to do it.
  3. Feel resistance? Take time and journal about what is really holding you back.

Share with me what you’re going to do. I’d really like to know.

2 Responses to Are You the Lucky One?

  1. Love this focus on willingness to act and see opportunities. You are dead everyone has ‘great instincts’ and I agree ‘you can trust your instincts’. I have found at least for me learning to trust in all cases was a process and starting small worked.

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