“In my experience there’s no such thing as luck, just a lot of simple tricks and nonsense.”
Over the years, I have received some pretty incredible compliments. Aside from my striking resemblance to a “Young Denzel Washington” the one that is most meaningful is the observation that I seem to be quite “lucky.” Now anyone who watches Star Trek Discovery understands that Context Is King…we’re talking about the type of luck that gets you out of life or death situations, or small things that seem to work in my favor despite brutal life experiences.
I agree that my life is filled with a good amount of grace and wonderful human beings but the truth of the matter is that we all create our own luck, or to quote Han Solo “In my experience there’s no such thing as luck, just a lot of simple tricks and nonsense.”
What I mean by creating my own luck is that most of the time we create our experiences by planning, thinking things through, taking various variables into account and then taking the best course to get us to where we want to be, I find this method to be very effective at achieving mundane tasks that are well understood like brushing my teeth or taking a walk down the street.
If I have to learn how to do something new I can read instructions by a trusted expert, take a class or ask a friend. But what if I’m trying to do something that seems impossible to me? What about something that hasn’t been successfully accomplished by someone else before or we just simply have no idea in hell what to do and no one else seems to either?
This is where we have to decide that we are going to win and then, acting on that assumption take the next steps. What’s wonderful about this process is that it puts you into a positive state of mind even though you have no idea how you’re going to succeed meaning that at least the placebo effect on your side. Secondly it mentally opens you up to possiblities that haven’t occurred to you before. It opens gateways into life that you may have never thought existed.
This attitude prevents you from over thinking, the one caveat is that you have to have a lot of confidence in yourself or at least faith that it’s going to work out. The best way to gain this confidence in our ability to almost miraculously find ways to get whatever we want or need, we need to practice practice practice. Over time you will get better at it which will lead to more success which will raise your confidence which will then generate more success. Soon enough, the impossible will feel like a challenge rather than a roadblock.
This is the key to living the life that you truly want. The path to getting precisely what you want is being able to get there through roads you don’t even know exist…or else you’d probably always be there.
I’ll explain many of the ways that I have learned to do just this in my next post.