Some people seem to have all the luck!
They seem to have success wherever they go, make more money than most of the people we know, and have accomplished more in their careers than many around them. Brian Tracy, author of The Luck Factor, has summarized some luck success factors that you can identify, learn, and apply in your life to become more lucky.
Mistake #1: Fuzziness and Lack of Clarity.
Success Quote: In everything the ends well defined are the secret of durable success.
I have written previously about the importance of putting your personal mission statement and goals together. It’s hard to hit a target that does not exist. Have you figured out what you want to give to others in the form of your talents? Have you decided, specifically, what you want to be, have, and do? Is it written down? Are your personal mission statement and goals consistent with your values?
If you need motivation for self-help, the first thing you will want to do is figure out your purpose in life, write it down on paper, and take action on those goals. People with purpose, are people with passion.
Mistake #2: Stay in A Rutt, On Your Butt!
Success Quote: “The path to success is to take massive, determined action.” Anthony Robbins (American advisor to leaders)
If you want to get lucky, don’t follow the example of thousands upon thousands of mediocre people. They wish, they want, they moan and they groan. But they fail to take action! Anthony Robbins has written that if you want to succeed, if you want to get ‘lucky’, you must decide to take massive action toward your goals.
What is it that has you stuck in a rutt? What is it that’s holding you back from taking massive action? Is it the way you are thinking? Is it the beliefs that you hold? Is it the key role models in your life who you are choosing to listen to?
Now, I am not advocating foolish impulsivity. But once you have your big picture goals down on paper, it’s time to break them down into goals (Goal Planner: Your Blueprint to a Lifetime of Success, Prosperity and Achievement, by Brian Tracy). And once they are broken down into goals, you will want to have a system for keeping track of your big picture goals and accomplishing something toward those goals on a daily basis.
I personally use Remember the Milk to record all my projects and goals so that I can make sure I am on track during my weekly planning and review. I also highly recommend David Allen’s book, Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life, (I’m currently making my way through this book as we speak) which explains his thinking on how to dream big, but then how to bring it down to a practical, workable plan that does not stress you out.
Mistake #3: Failure to Master Essential Skills.
Success Quote: Proverbs 12: 29 “Do you see a wo/man skilled in her/his work? S/He will serve before kings; s/he will not serve before obscure wo/men.”
Have you taken the time to catalog your strengths and weaknesses? Do you have a self-help motivation plan to take advantage of opportunities in the workplace and in your personal life, and to offset threats to the same? Once you have identified your strengths and weaknesses, are you working diligently, every day, to obtain the [critical success factors]you will need to have to move ahead in your personal and work lives? I would recommend utilizing Pareto’s Principle once you have identified your success factors. Part of taking massive action toward our goals is eliminating the not so important distractions in our lives so that we will have the time to devote toward the 10,000 hours needed to master our skills. (you can read more on this topic from Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers: The Story of Success).
Mistake #4: Laziness
Once you have a life mission statement and goals that are worth striving for, you will have a key luck factor that many millionaires. Dr. Thomas Stanley, author of The Millionaire Mind, interviewed a sample of millionaires. 84% of them said that they were financially independent because of “hard, hard work.” They got up earlier in the morning, and started faster. They worked longer hours through the day and into the evening.
Energy is another key ‘luck factor’. All successful people seem to have far more energy than unsuccessful people. They get up early in the morning and they start faster. They work longer hours through the day and into the evening. They invest time in themselves and in their careers on evenings and weekends.
Decide today that you will succeed like an Olympian. Olympic athletes don’t always have time for some of the things that the average person does. They make choices which will put them in a position to succeed.
Caution: Make sure that you don’t over-work. Don’t make some of the same mistakes I have made, such as making money the main objective, getting so wrapped up in working that I have neglected my marriage or family relationships. In the end, do you want to be remembered only for your accomplishments, or do you want that balanced with a life of integrity, lived according to your values, and rich in the relationships you have built over the course of your life?
Mistake #5: Ignoring People Smarts
Success Quote: “What really matters for success, character, happiness and life long achievements is a definite set of emotional skills – your EQ – not just purely cognitive abilities that are measured by conventional IQ tests.” –Daniel Goleman, Ph.D.
I have written about the subject of people smarts in terms of succeeding in life. Studies have shown that, all things being equal in terms of competence, if a person has lower emotional intelligence, they will more likely be passed over for promotions. Someone who is positive, optimistic, and cheerful is going to be more lucky than one who is not. If you need a plan to increase your people smarts, I would recommend 7 Steps to Emotional Intelligence by Merlevede, Bridoux, Vandamme. In addition, you may want to change your reality by watching a movie! (This is a plug for this article from Change Your Thoughts, which shows how you can defeat sabotaging thoughts about how you think about your ability to relate to others).
Mistake #6: Dishonesty
“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” Thomas Jefferson
“Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.” Spencer Johnson
The level to which you are ruthlessly honest with yourself and others is the level to which you will be lucky in your personal and business lives. Determine today that you will be a person of integrity. Be truly honest with yourself about what your strengths and weaknesses are. Be truly honest with yourself about who you want to be, what you want to do, and where you want to go in your life.
Resist the temptations to shade the truth in your dealings with yourself and others. I cite many business and political leaders in the United States as examples of what not to do. Yet there are many who are true to themselves and to others. People want to do business with those who are authentic and real, who will tell them the truth at all times.
Mistake #7: Apathy
Success Quote: “Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”
Are you sleepwalking through life? Then chances are going to be that you will be one unlucky person. The person who is always thinking about their definite mission and purpose, who is picturing it, who is hungry for it, is the one who is going to be lucky. If you want something longer and harder than the person beside you, chances are that you will be lucky. The more you want whatever it is you have set your sights on, the more likely you will be to achieve a high return on adversity when it inevitably comes.
You will work longer hours, you will be willing to fail forward, you will read more books, attend different courses and seminars, read excellent blogs (like this one, I hope :), meet more people, and cover more ground. When you are intense, patient, and persistent, you will be far ahead of your competition.
Stay hungry, my friend