Another way to describe opportunity is luck, chance, or the right set of circumstances. In other words luck favors the prepared mind. To be prepared you’ve got to execute and you’ve got to be persistent.
Have you noticed a pattern with lucky people?
1. They are doers. There’s less talk and more action. They probably get it wrong more than right and the arm chair critics always have something to say. But the critics don’t stop them. I’m sure it’s discouraging to hear the sniping or read the comments – but it’s not paralyzing.
This was theme of the recent Nike “They talk. We Play” campaign. I love it.
2. Lucky people are resilient and don’t take no for an answer. They are persistent
Luck doesn’t come to your house and knock on the door or politely ring the doorbell. Luck is out in wild being discovered by so called “lucky people”. Get out there and stay out there where the luck is.
You know when you are in the flow. Decisions feel like perfectly paired joints locking together. Opportunities in the form of people, ideas and things uncloak. You don’t look back or forward, there is only now. Recognize and remember the flow feeling. You’ll know it when you feel it.
The bad news: See all the trauma out there? Conflicts around the world, suffering, spineless politicians, nasty comments on the web, fake news, propaganda, greed in business or selfishness close to home. The bad news is that all that stuff is a reflection of you. All the trauma ‘out there’ is a reflection of what’s ‘inside you’. Everything. 😕
The good news? Change yourself and you change the world. Every time something out there pisses you off, makes you angry, guilty or sad – that’s the cue to look inward and start the work. It takes discipline to look inward. It’s easier to blame others, retreat or get angry. Practice every day. 😌
You can’t outrun your mouth. Eat less. Exercise more.
Pay your medical bills at the grocery store and buy healthy food.
Your metabolism slows down after 40. Eat less the older you get.
Exercise eats stress. Exercise first thing in the morning before the family wakes up.
Don’t check your phone in the morning until you’ve exercised. It’ll keep your cortisol levels down in the morning. Also try to avoid coffee right after you wake up. Drink a glass of water instead.
Eat more vegetarian meals – it’s better for your energy levels and digestion.
Stretch and take deep breaths. It calms the mind and lowers your heart rate.
Do back bends in the morning to energize and front bends in the evening before bed to help you sleep.
Meditate, even for 10 seconds. Do it at your desk, on the train…whenever you become aware of the moment. Take a break, relax your shoulders and jaw. Calm the mind.
I love the stories about late starters who refuse to to accept a no. It’s never too late to start and hearing no doesn’t mean give up.
Starting late and persisting doesn’t have to be a story about attaining celebrity, getting rich, getting published or becoming president. It can be things like learning to play the piano, gardening, exercising or spending more time with family and friends.
Start now and persevere.
Shift your focus from how hard you work to how much you produce. The amount of input doesn’t matter if it’s inefficient and wasteful. Output is the only currency. If there’s no output then all the input in the world doesn’t make any difference.
If you’re huffing and puffing, and telling anyone who’ll listen how hard you work, or how burned out you are, then you’re probably doing it wrong.
Pause and recalibrate. There’s infinitely more joy and energy in serving others through results.
How long does it take you to read a book? With everything else going on like Netflix, Twitter, Facebook, politics and multiple email inboxes it’s challenging to carve out the time to read. Let’s say it takes you 30 days to read a good sized book. That’s 12 books a year. Over the next 30 years that’s 360 books.
Now imagine a local book store or the collection of books available on Amazon. With all that choice…360 books over a 30 year time span doesn’t sound like a lot of books to me. Choose your books wisely and don’t suffer through a shitty book. There’s so much goodness out there waiting to be uncloaked with the turn of a page.
p.s. Grazing is another way to stay on top of your reading. Keep a couple of titles ready on a kindle or phone that you can dip into when the timing permits.