By Jim Woods
Thank you for sharing.
Words do matter. Whether they are spoken or thought words either elevate or debase us. Cloaked in words that dilute our abilities we often find ourselves maximizing the strengths or others while minimizing those of ourselves. Hence we find in this delusion to rely on luck which negates our ability to overcome adversity. You’ll get my point with this one:
“If I’m lucky, then…”
Serendipity–where seemingly random events create amazing opportunities–does indeed happen and so do unexpected disasters. Attributing either to luck or fate, though, makes your eventual success harder to achieve. What is, is. What happens, happens. Every result has multiple real-world causes. While you may not be able to perceive all causes or anticipate all results, there’s no flying spaghetti monster that’s sprinkling luck-dust over here but not over there. Believing in “luck” creates failure because: 1) it provides an easy way to shirk responsibility for your failures, and 2) it encourages you to rely upon the supernatural rather than take the actions necessary to become more successful. What to say instead: “What else can I do today to achieve my goal?”
Jim Woods is president of InnoThink Group a boutique management consulting firm located in Colorado Springs, CO providing leadership development training for small business, Fortune 500 and government since 1987. Our executive leadership development programs are recognized as an impetus for improving workplace learning, innovation, productivity, performance, and leadership education. Learn more. Go>