And I’m here to say… It’s not luck. It’s damn hard work. I have got where I am today through talent, planning and hard work. And I made a conscious decision not to borrow money for my business: it was a decision that required commitment, self-discipline and sacrifice — but I knew it would reduce the risk that my business would burden me with years of debt or lead me to bankruptcy.
You see, I maybe Irish (as if the red hair and the name Shannon didn’t give it away), but I don’t believe in luck. At least not in the way many people define “luck”.
If by “lucky” you mean that my good fortune is the result of random chances and has nothing to do with me, then I would take issue with you.
Nor do I accept the idea, so common among many internet marketers, that there is some kind of cosmic, woo-woo force that will bring you luck if you to wish upon a star (or the universe or whatever).
Yes, that’s right, I don’t believe there is a ‘Law’ of Attraction that will bring good fortunate to people because they believe they will be fortunate. I think that’s just so much blarney. The universe doesn’t care what you believe. (Actually the universe has NO feelings, so don’t take offense.)
Of course, I know that positive thinking can be a valuable psychological device. It is good to visualize achieving your goals, because it can help you map out the steps to reach that goal and also motivate you to take those steps.
But it is the planning and the actions that bring you success – not the wishing.
In fact, some people spend so much time dreaming about the success they want – and pretending to act ‘as if’ it really is happening, that they don’t pay enough attention to the reality around them.
As a result they don’t adjust their plans to changing circumstances or seize new opportunities that arise.
Or to put it another way: success isn’t the result of a magical process, or just blind luck; there is a science to success. In fact, I recently reviewed a great book about the science of success that lays out the best strategies to set and achieve your goals.
Let me break it down for you with an example from my own real-world experience.
At Alicia Forest’s live event last year, she introduced me to something you may have seen other places. She called it a Money Speedometer.
Essentially it’s a place where you list all the money you earn each day. At the top of the page, you enter your real money goal. When I say real money, you don’t want anything pie in the sky. You want something attainable, usually a small stretch above your average monthly income.
What’s cool about this is that within two months, I met my real money goal. It was like magic… or was it?
Here’s the real science behind this method: when you write down your monthly money goal, and each day write down your income, you can see what more you need to make that goal, and put the plans in place to do so.
You know, Seneca, the great Roman philosopher said two thousand years ago: “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
In other words: you make your own luck. You are responsible for your own preparation through learning, planning, and working. And you also have some control over your opportunities – if you are working hard, making things happen and putting yourself out there, more opportunities will arise than if you are just sitting around dreaming about your future success.
People who work hard help make their own luck by being prepared when opportunity knocks. That way luck isn’t a random happening. It’s something of your own making.
So go ahead and enjoy Saint Patrick’s Day—whether you are are Irish or not.
But then starting tomorrow follow this advice from an Irish lass: plan ahead, work hard, and you will get lucky.
Speaking of opportunity, you’re in luck: since my VIP Intensive partner, Felicia Slattery and I are Irish, we are offering a St. Patrick’s Day special to anyone who wants to learn learn how to prepare and plan their marketing to be more effective and get more profits LIVE. Check it out at http://www.VIPwithShannonandFelicia.com
And to show you what I mean about luck, I invite you to listen to one of my girls’ favorite versions of ‘Danny Boy’. Be especially aware of what hecklers Statler and Waldorf say at the end. I think it’s the most relevant!