“Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.” – Ray Kroc
Have you ever noticed how certain teams or certain players always catch breaks or the ball appears to bounce their way?
Most people chalk this up to those players or teams being “cheaters” or some form of bias that the referees have in their favor because of the particular team name or star quality of a certain player.
As I have taken more time to learn about performance psychology and started understanding the game from this perspective, I realize now that these people (the stars) may still get tough calls or bad breaks, but they find ways to overcome them. They capitalize on opportunities available to them. In essence, they create their own breaks.
Those who are better prepared because they have worked harder are in a better position to recognize opportunity as it arises rather than being too late. So while you may think they got lucky, they saw it unfold and utilized the situation to their advantage. Their hard work, their sweat-equity set them up for this success. It created an opportunity.
This is true in much more than sports. We see the same people succeeding all throughout life. We complain when the same person is getting the promotion, receiving accolades, etc. Oftentimes, we find it unfair or as if the world never gives us any breaks.
My challenge to you: Be over-prepared. Make your own breaks. Recognize the opportunities as they unfold instead of reacting before it is too late. Take steps to know your job better than anyone else. Learn one more thing that can help you do something in your life better every day. Over time, this dedication, this hard work, and this preparation will allow you to start catching a few “breaks.”
It may seem like luck to many, but all that luck is really disguised as hard work. Try it some time.
Bring your best today!