Most people have a natural desire to better themselves in one way or another. Some might say that we have been infused with a God-given drive to realize our potential, experience personal growth, and to continually discover more of what life has to offer.
Many of us are also conditioned by our parents, friends, and society to attract a mate, get married, advance in our careers, have kids, enjoy family vacations, send your kids to college, and create financial abundance for yourself so you can retire in comfort.
Although there are exceptions, most of the items on that list happen as the result of setting specific goals, pursuing them on a consistent basis, making plans, refining those plans, believing in yourself, and taking calculated, well-thought-out risks.
Good things do occasionally occur in our lives by happenstance and serendipity, but you can’t depend on that or base your life on the expectation of good luck. Good luck does happen, but it’s often the direct or indirect result of the following things:
- a positive attitude
- hard work
- putting yourself out there
- cultivating relationships with people who have the ability to help you
- continually looking for ways to be stronger, smarter, and more effective in everything (important) that you do
While it’s true that you can’t always get what you want, persistence, focused thinking, and self believe are guaranteed to help you get more of what you want — and sometimes, exactly what you want.