“You have got to be in it to win it” are the words mumbled the morning after the $50 million lottery is drawn and people in the game check their tickets over breakfast.
By the time breakfast is over and the email alert hasn’t pinged or the phone is silent there is resignation in the voice because “some other lucky so and so won it …. oh well maybe next time”.
The thing with playing lottery is that you can choose whether you want to spend your hard earned moolah on being “in it” or to spend it on something else. And yes you DO have to be in it to win it. Never a raffle prize was won without obtaining a ticket first.
What about the game of life?
Each morning you get up you have purchased another ticket in life. Some people hold a shiny golden ticket full of possibilities, opportunity and prizes, like the one the child in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory had. Whilst others hold a dull and lack lustre ticket like the one you take at the delicatessen as you wait in line, waiting as others push in anyway.
The difference between the lottery and having the golden ticket in life is the amount of winning tickets available and the expiry date.
The lottery, footy raffle, and a TAB ticket all have one thing in common. That is the availability of winning tickets. There is only one set of winning numbers, one winning raffle ticket and only one greyhound will make it to the finish line first.
In the game of life anybody can have a winning ticket …. There is no limit and there is no expiry date.
Why is it that some people always seem to be the lucky ones, get all the breaks and seem to be holding the golden ticket?
There is nothing lucky about holding a golden ticket. ....
According to the Oxford Dictionary “luck” is defined as: “success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one's own actions.”
Was it “luck” that brought Richard Branson his Virgin Empire or was it a lot of planning, hard work and great timing?
Oprah Winfrey said: “Luck is preparation meeting the moment of opportunity”.
“Lucky” people prepare for and have their radar up for opportunity and are therefore able to take advantage of the opportunity as it presents. They have their head up, looking around, listening and observing, and have the time, relationships, health and cash flow in place to pick it up and run with it when it comes along.
If you are not “lucky” it may be that you are not really prepared, you may not even see opportunity, you absently trip over it and then give it a kick because you either failed to recognise it or you are not ready for it.
So how do you prepare for opportunity and get hold of a golden ticket?
This is about deciding to be in this game of life, be in it to win it. This means taking notice, lifting your head out of the daily grind, smelling the proverbial roses,
Identify what winning means to you
If you had the lucky golden ticket, what would it look and feel like for you? There is little point having the winning ticket of you are not sure what a winning life looks like to you. A ticket where the prize in a Honda Civic is no good if what you would like is the latest Tesla electric car.
Check in to see if you are ready to get the lucky ticket
Take a look at your life as it is now. Are you prepared for “luckiness”, for holding the winning ticket, so you can identify and mobilise on opportunity as it comes along?
Ask yourself what areas need some improvement? Do you have enough time, trusted and uplifting relationships, and are you in good health?
For example, your best friend has just presented you with a great opportunity for you to take your family on the holiday you always dreamed of. It’s the opportunity of a life time. Both of your families are about the same age and it’s a great opportunity while the kids are young and still at home to do something together.
Alas … you can’t go because you haven’t been putting money aside for life’s little pleasures or you are so caught up with work that you feel guilty about taking time off, or you have let your health go so much that you know you will be the stick in the mud on the holiday. Your best friend turns around and asks someone else. You are left holding the delicatessen ticket and all you can do is wave them off at the airport!
Not addressing the areas of life that need attention can put you out of the game and the “lucky golden ticket” may never pass into your hands.
Get into the game and become opportunity ready
Getting lucky is about being ready to take advantage of opportunities even when you can’t be sure if they will even come along. Florence Scovel Shinn in her book The Game of Life and How to Play It says:
“Man must prepare for the thing he has asked for, when there isn't the slightest sign of it in sight.”
Take a closer look at those areas that need some attention and create a plan to work on them so you can turn that dull old daily grind deli ticket into the golden winning one. When you are opportunity ready it becomes more of a timing thing than one of luck. Its bad timing, not bad luck when an opportunity comes along and you are can’t take it up because you are not ready for it. And when you are ready for it, then it’s “good luck”!
Action the plan – luck doesn’t seek you out.
Kevin Costner, in the movie “A field of Dreams” is told “if you build it they will come”. Luck doesn’t seek you out. By being prepared you have said to the luck gods that you are ready to be in it to win it, please hand me a golden ticket. In the movie Kevin Costner took action and built a baseball pitch and then they came, all the baseball legends. The people with the winning tickets came with them and watched the perfect game of baseball.
Have your radar up for opportunity
Now that you are opportunity ready, you are more likely to see them when they come along. Your radar will be up and you will hear the signals. Be alert, be aware and listen. Opportunities are there and “your big opportunity might be right where you are now” Napoleon Hill
To get the golden ticket, you must take action as well. Identify what winning looks like to you, check to see which areas need work, create the plan, action the plan, take advantage of the next golden opportunity, and repeat.
There is nothing lucky about that.
Jennylee Taylor is Life Coach and Breathwork Practitioner supporting and empowering you to be great managers of your world through reducing stress and overwhelm, and balancing life so you can enjoy loving relationships, contentment now and financial security in your future.
Jennylee coaches in the Design a Decade Life Management Program using a set of tools which support you to design and achieve your aspirations and goals for your next decade.
Jennylee also supports people to break through personal emotional and mindset barriers so you can be the best you in the world and achieve your goals.
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My passions are nature, people, and building cultures of cooperation, harmony, sharing and reverence for life. I enjoy working with people to help them understand themselves and others so they can reach their full potential in life.