“Don’t wait for success to come your way because if you do, it will never happen.” Coach Mackey
Whether it’s before a game, a big exam, or a job interview, people like to use the phrase “good luck” to show that they wish us the best. The problem with that phrase is that it hints that we aren’t really the masters of our own success. “Good luck” says we aren’t really in control of whether or not we win the game, pass the test, or get the job offer.
The truth is, we are in control. We control how much time we spend practicing drills and running plays before game, how hard we push to get faster, better, and stronger. We control how much time we spend studying before a test, and how hard we work to retain the information. We control how much time we spend practicing answers to interview questions, and how hard we try to gain all the knowledge we can about the job and company.
There will be things we can’t control, like how good the other team is, what questions will be on the exam, or what the job interviewer is looking for in a new hire. But, we can use all of that preparation that we can control to counter the unknown variables. All the good luck in the world won’t help us if we haven’t prepared first.
We are not passive participants in our futures. We are active creators.
That’s not to say that opportunity and chance don’t play some role. But opportunity is useless if we don’t know what to do with it when it appears. We have to set the intention to prepare for those opportunities, and that is when we will find success.
If the other team’s hitter makes a sloppy spike, that’s an opportunity. But, we can only take advantage of that opportunity if we’ve prepared and practiced for that type of situation. If the other team’s quarterback fumbles, that’s an opportunity. But, we can only take advantage of that opportunity if we’ve prepared and practiced for that type of scenario.
That ability to take advantage of opportunities depends on how hard we’ve worked to prepare for them. So the next time someone tells us “good luck,” we should replace that idea with “hard work.”