I first read that luck is where opportunity meets preparation in an Oprah magazine several years ago. It struck me then. It strikes me today. It’s true. Yea yea, sometimes one of us receives that lucky one time unexpected windfall of money without lifting a finger. But for the rest of the 6.99 billion people on the planet, there’s a little more to it.
I completed my first marathon this past weekend. HOO-RAY! I wasn’t really sore the following days after. Lucky? Yes. Because I put opportunity and preparation into play. How does this work?
I had the opportunity to run a great race but that all started fifteen weeks ago with a training plan to prepare. My opportunity showed up in several ways. I had the opportunity to slowly and diligently prepare my body for what I was going to ask it to do. I had the opportunity to feed it good fuel, train it appropriately physically, to rest it when it needed, and be kind to myself in a way that said I cared about me and what I was asking my body to do.
I prepared by following a training plan, consistently. Running this far on this day, and that far at that pace on another. Was every run super fun and easy? Nope. Were some really fun and gave me that runner’s high? Oh yes. Was I determined to be prepared for pushing through some walls, not if, but when I hit them running the marathon? You bet.
When Marathon Day came, I knew exactly what time to get up, what to eat, and how much, what type of fuel I needed on the trail and how often, because I used my opportunity week after week to prepare for it. I fueled well, had good energy, hit some small walls and worked through them, and finished strong with a smile on my face. Lucky? You do the math.
What opportunity do you have right now in your life? How can you prepare? Let me know when luck shows up for you!
Your Turn: Are you lucky? Tell me why. Leave a comment below, or email me, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for spending some of your time with me today. I really do appreciate it and hope you found it helpful.
As always, take from here what works for you, share with your friends if you think they might benefit, and the rest you can leave behind.
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