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What's Luck Got to Do with it? by Malcolm Harvey

To some people, success is based onluck, a chance throw of the dice, a random whim of fate. But in reality, luck has nothing to do with it.

Yes, there are occasions when success can be influenced to some degree by "luck" but it cannot be said that "luck" is an accident.

These are the "good luck" principles:

  • Know clearly what you want-- If you don't know where you are going, how will you know when you get there?
  • Have a plan of action--and actually put that plan into action!
  • Constantly remind yourself of your goals--
  • Visualize--Collect pictures of that dream car, visit the showroom, sit in the car, sniff the leather seating, feel the smooth metallic bodywork, take it for a test drive, know exactly what it feels like so that you can emotionalize that goal. (Of course, the same theory applies to any type of goal.)
  • Start to act as though you already have achieved the goal-- if you want to be a millionaire, then ACT like a millionaire: Dress smartly, be confident, patronize places that millionaires go. I'm not saying that you have to be a millionaire to be successful. I know of and have met many people who are extremely successful but don't have a penny of dime to their name, but the same principles apply to whatever your goal is in life.
  • Trust your own intuition-- You will know, if you would only listen to yourself, what the correct path or choice is in each situation you encounter. Learn to quiet the mind & develop your natural "sixth sense".
  • Be flexible-- Don't be like a bull in a china shop. Step back, reevaluate the situation & adjust accordingly.
  • Make a decision, make it your own, make it work , and die by it. --In other words, make sure it is what YOU want, not what others tell you you should want, and do whatever it takes, remembering to be flexible in your decision.
  • Stop complaining when things are not going the way you think they should be going-- Instead, examine the potential outcome of your actions, sometimes a few backward steps may be necessary.
  • Be generous with your time & money.-- Sow before you reap, give without expecting a return.
  • Be patient-- As they say, "Rome wasn't built in a day".
  • Persevere-- The greater the result you desire, the greater & more sustained the effort.
  • Let go of the outcome -- Stop striving, allow things to happen in their own mysterious way. If you supply the energy and direction, the outcome will take care of itself.
  • Have the courage and conviction to propel yourself towards your goals.
  • Cultivate the right attitude-- If you have the right attitude to the job in hand, then half the battle is already won!
  • Discipline yourself to carry out the tasks daily.-- This is perhaps the most important principle. It is no use considering to reach any goal without first learning the discipline necessary to carry things through.Without the proper discipline you are setting yourself up for disappointment.

Success & happiness are not accidents. If you master the principles that influence "luck" you will increase the probability that you will be in the right place at the right time to accomplish the things that are most important to you.

So don't just wish that things will come right, make them come right & people will call you "lucky"!

Malcolm Harvey- Publisher "The Success Train Newsletter"

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