Lao Tzu’s & John Wooden’s Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day
The preparation that precedes good luck
Has someone ever told you how lucky you were for having accomplished something or for having something that they desire themselves? Now, were you really lucky or did you work your butt off to get it?
In this step, Tai Lopez discusses how luck, most of the time, has nothing to do with luck but it is simply a matter of preparation.
Lao Tzu, the great philosopher, advices to do what is difficult while it is easy. For example, when is the best time to save money? When you aren’t broke, right? As I look back at my own life, I think about when I started working and how I had no bills then. However, I didn’t save a dime and in fact, I didn’t start saving money until a couple of years ago. Oh, how I wish I would have had this advice back when I was 16 and had my first job.
Most people wait for things to hit them in eye so they can start acting. They then consider this very situation to be a misfortune, making them unlucky people. Although, by preparing themselves they could have avoided the situation.
The great life coach, Jim Rohn, said to prepare for tomorrow today. Don’t wait to start preparing when it is time for you to be acting. Get into the habit of analyzing the things that needs to be done and planning ahead of time. Take some time before you go to bed and plan for the next day. Start off with your priorities, which are the things that will benefit you the most, whether it be financially, heath, love or happiness.
Honestly, if you can’t take a couple of minutes to plan your day, then you aren’t really serious about being successful.
I know you may say that things can change so why take the time to plan. But think about a car trip that you don’t know exactly how to get to the desired location so you will need map. However, detours may arise which will force you to take a different route but if you took the time to analyze the map and prepare in case a specific way wasn’t available, you will know exactly where to go.
Same will happen in your life, detours will arise, problems will come your way but if you prepare for the rainy day, like John Wooden, the great basketball coach said, the rain is not going to hit you as bad as it will hit everyone else.
Although, preparation takes time, it will also save you time along the way. If you think in terms of health, the best time to get fit is when aren’t overweight and that brings me to tip number one in this lesson:
TIP 1: Don’t let yourself go, it takes a lot longer to get things back on track!
If you wait to exercise when you are obese, it is going to take you a lot longer to get fit. If you wait to get your finances in track when you are already amounted with debt, it is going to take you a lot longer. So, don’t procrastinate. And that is tip number two:
Tip 2 : When you don’t know what to do and you have something hard to do, just jump right in and next thing you know it is already half way done.
Much of your procrastination comes from a false understanding of how much pain it will be to get it done. However, if you want to succeed you must understand tip number three:
Tip 3 : Don’t be controlled by pain and fear, but rather let it drive you.
Think about all of the things that scare you, whether it is to be broke or being obese, now let that be your motivation to start acting today so you won’t have to go through it tomorrow. But, do not overthink it and be sure to use tip number four.
Tip 4 : Don’t give yourself too much time to contemplate about things.
When you overthink about things your brains comes up with absurd ideas and the most horrible things that can happen. So, don’t even give your brain the chance to do that. Be sure to do whatever is hard or what you don’t want to do first and you won’t even have the opportunity to think about how painful it can be.
In the end, if you take time to understand luck, you will come to the realization that luck only happens when someone has prepared well enough and is ready to take on a great opportunity.
Enjoy the sweet side of life.
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