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I have lived 26 years with a person who amazes me because his approach is so opposite to mine. Over all these years, I've been able to see for myself whose approach gets the better results. :0 I have lost track of how many times I have heard people tell Jeff "oh, you are so lucky..." I've tried to learn from him and for today's post, I am going to share with you some of Jeff's thoughts on luck.
Jeff''s basic recipe is:
Luck = preparation and awareness
His steps are:
-Decide what he would like.
-See what is available.
-When the right combination comes together, don't hesitate.
Seems simple enough, but what people don't see but I do, is the hours and hours he puts into doing these steps over and over. It's like he has all these possibility puzzle pieces in his head and part of his fun is testing out all the ways they could fit together.
Other key aspects I have observed:
An optimistic outlook. Jeff expects success, he sees the world as full of possibilities. I, on the other hand, can immediately see everything that can go wrong.
Flexibility. This includes considering unconventional solutions and an ability to allow a plan to change. I can get so fixated on only one possible solution, that this one plan is all I can see.
Accept that there will be big disappointments! I was stunned when he said this, since this is my underlying fear that I mentioned before. Somehow it never dawned on me that he takes that part of it into account.
Getting a step closer to your goal is great, even if it isn't your perfect solution. I want the whole perfect answer in one nice package!
Have these two different view points ever caused friction in our marriage? Oh baby, yes! I think we could have lit a few cities with the energy released in some of our discussions, especially early in our marriage. But my point of view was always considered and ultimately we made the decisions together. I've just learned to appreciate better what Jeff so naturally does.
Obviously, I'm not saying we can control everything, and we are genuinely grateful every time a plan falls into place. I'm just recognizing that there are actual mindsets and actions to increase the odds of finding that four leaf clover!