I hear some people describing the success of others as being down to good fortune and luck. Of course, I think there are occasions in life when people enjoy some good fortune and I’m sure there are many business people who have enjoyed a huge slice of luck as they look back on their success and their fortune. However, I don’t think this “rule of luck” stacks up across the majority of people.
I am a firm believer in the old saying “the harder I work, the luckier I get”.
I come from the school of people who passionately believe that life helps those people who help themselves. I know that some people believe that our lives are pre-mapped and that “it’s all meant to be” that our lives have been scripted by an almighty power.
I have always felt that this view is out of stride with reality. I do think there are greater powers at play in this world but I believe that we have a definite ability to change our destiny and create our dreams. Luck plays a small part for some people but the majority of us have to manufacture their good fortune.
I think those people who choose to insist that life is mapped out already can often use this as an excuse for not trying. It can remove the sense of personal responsibility that we all need to show in order to achieve anything of significance.
Having been around many successful people for many years now, I have seen the personal and clinical evidence that is associated with most success stories. This evidence is clear and it is that when a determined attitude is harnessed with a solid plan, great things can happen.
I have seen the evidence that people generally get back portions of value that are commensurate with the amount of effort they put into their life. I believe that good things often happen to those people who are willing to put in the effort, the discipline, who are prepared to make the sacrifices that personal and professional accomplishment demands.
As I coach people in my teams, I use the word consequences a lot. I encourage what I call “consequential thinking”. On many occasions, I ask clients:
“What do you feel the consequences might be if you do x, y and z?”
“What do you feel the consequences might be if you do not do x, y and z?”
Consequential thinking has become a habit form for me. I’ve found that actions have consequences. The more considered and planned the actions that I take, the more progress and success I experience. I constantly ask myself the same consequential questions that I ask of my clients.
Here is another profound revelation for you “not one of the especially successful people I’ve worked alongside as their leadership coach or who I have been privileged to be mentored by has achieved their status without working much harder than everyone around them”
While other people choose lazy sofa days, watching TV, sleeping or surfing the net for leisure, the achievers reject the poor television, get up earlier, work harder at their plan and dedicate their time towards their dream.
As I comment on the need for hard work and discipline, I would never deny the importance of obtaining the work-life balance. It is essential that you get to relax, that you spend time with loved ones, that you have fun and an appropriate balance of leisure. I weave the time for this into my life and I am passionate about work–life balance. I seek only to emphasise that getting to the point where you can look back on extraordinary achievement means you need to first put in extraordinary planning and effort. This is a hard wired fact of life, a law of nature that has been proven time and time again.
I will close this blog with a quote and a verse that is rarely out of my thoughts. One is about planting seeds. This was actually written in the bible “Whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7)
One of my favourite verses revolves around endeavour. I don’t think anyone has ever written anything that better sums up the value of a human being choosing to put in effort.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
About Julianna Beavan
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