Have you ever heard someone look at a person who was successful in an area (money, marriage, fitness, etc.) and say that they were lucky?
I’ll be honest. I used to think that when I was younger. Some kids are just lucky and are born into rich families or some people are just born with good genes that make them more fit.
I now realize this is faulty thinking.
While there are definitely things that are outside of our control, most people end up right about where they expect or even could be expected by others.
Let’s take finances for example. I realize that people who do well financially have specific habits which cause them to have financial freedom. Here are some of the things they do:
· Work hard
· Spend less than they make
· Stay positive
· Invest for the long-term
You see, these are all skills that can be learned. Someone can do this for 2 or 3 decades and someone will call them lucky.
Just as in my finances example, becoming more fit and healthy is a choice.
There will always be things that aren’t completely within our control like genetics.
Rather than use that as an excuse, focus on what you can control. Here are some of the habits that healthy and fit people do:
· Prioritize sleep
· 2-3 strength training sessions per week
· Eat breakfast
· 2-3 cardio sessions per week
· Stay positive
When we assume certain people are successful because of luck, it causes a negative cycle. Since we assume they are only successful because they’re lucky, we don’t implement the habits that will help us. Then we get poor results. Then we assume it’s because we’re unlucky. It’s a self fulfilling prophecy.
Rather than assume someone is lucky, try this instead. Within reason (becoming more fit is within reason), whatever someone else can accomplish you can too if you want it bad enough.