I know quite a few people who, when faced with tough financial times, sit back and say, “My luck will turn around. Things will get better just as soon as I get more money (more time, a new job, etc., etc.).”
I’ve watched friends and family drop money on lottery tickets and in casinos, hoping for a little Lady Luck to change their situation.
And guess what, more often than not, luck ignores those who seek it the most.
You just can’t bank on good luck.
“What helps luck is a habit of watching for opportunities,
of having a patient, but restless mind,
of sacrificing one’s ease or vanity,
of uniting a love of detail to foresight,
and of passing through hard times bravely and cheerfully.”
~ Charles Victor Cherbuliez (1829-1899)
Luck is a fickle friend. It will open doors and close others in an instant. Luck will bring great joy and great sorrow. Good luck is unreliable, and bad luck is often inevitable.
But there is one thing you can bank on: Yourself. The attitude you bring to each situation can have a great influence on the outcome. Instead of waiting for your bad luck to change, roll up your sleeves and dig into possible solutions to your problem.
Instead of spending money on the lottery, invest in yourself. Instead of celebrating the $5 bill you found in an old jacket pocket, make an effort to keep better tabs on your money so that you always know what you have.
Take the energy you spend wishing for a change in your luck and spend it making positive changes.
When you rely on yourself instead of on luck, you’ll find that good things happen more often and the bad things aren’t as bad. Try it and see for yourself.