Are you one of those lucky people who always seem to have things work out for them? Do you carry a rabbit’s foot in your pocket and have a horse shoe hanging somewhere in your house? Well if you aren’t a particularly lucky person, I’ll let you in on a secret that can get you started in the right direction.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been planning a casino party. It is a fund-raiser for my kids’ school and it is finally arriving this weekend. It got me thinking about casinos, gambling, and why some people seem to win more than others. I finally realized that being “lucky” is pretty much the same as reaching any other goal. Let me explain…
The Texas Rangers used to have a sign in their clubhouse that read, “Proper preparation prevents piss-poor performance.” I don’t know if it is there anymore, but it brings up a good point. By doing the work and preparing yourself for a situation, you increase your odds of doing well. Suddenly, the “lucky” bounces all seem to go your way.
The casino is no different. One of my favorite games to play at a casino is craps. I can give you many reasons why it my favorite. For one, it is very interactive- you get to take turns rolling the dice. It is also a game you can play slowly and make your money last all night. Of course, it is also fun to just say “craps.” Try it a few times and you will see what I mean. Sorry- getting a bit off-topic.
Like most gambling games, craps is not 100% luck. It is probably 90-95% luck, but not 100%. By learning strategies and practicing, you can often get the odds to be pretty close to 50/50 -which is incredible when you are going up against a casino. It just takes preparation. If you just stumble in off the street and try to play, you will likely go home broke.
Goal setting is the same way – if you don’t have a plan, you don’t have a prayer.
The other thing about preparation is that it gets you ready for even the bad luck events. As Frank Wedekind once said, “Any fool can have bad luck; the art consists in knowing how to exploit it.”
Once again, be ready for the situation allows you to handle it better. The more you work at goal setting the more you will realize that a great many things you think are “luck” are actually influenced by the lucky people themselves. Feeling luckier now?
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