I got a comment not so long ago. It was about how much luck has been involved in me stopping drinking alcohol…
I suppose the same thing could be said for any habit, or any change that you’re going to make in your life. There’s always going to be a certain amount of luck in everything that you do, good luck or bad luck. And it was Thomas Jefferson that said he was a great believer in luck, that the harder he works, the more luck he gets.
That’s just the fight with life, luck happens, yes, but you, your thinking and your actions, they’re the greatest instigator of any good fortune that you’re going to get in your life.
Going back to some of the things that have happened to me in my life, I started out with forestry about 20 years ago, we were doing a lot of planting, which was manual planting, backbreaking work, bending down, and I would do maybe 2000 trees in a day, with only small trees. We’re just planting them in a big field with all the mounds already put out. But I managed to get a different type of job, it’s called forestry inspection path, that was going into a forest that was matures as well beyond the nursery stage, so maybe 14 15 16 years of age, and they needed to get inside. So an inspector would need to get inside and have a look in the interior of the forest. So basically, we go in with chainsaws, and cut the branches off the trees and get in that way, and it was a good job.
There wasn’t many people doing it in Ireland. So there was always a lot of work, you know, and it was a specific job where you had to get the lines straight, and you had to put them in the right places, and to find the forest and all that kind of stuff. But it was me overhearing a conversation between these two other guys. And then listening to this guy who was a co worker of mine talking about it and going, he couldn’t be asked with it, you know, and he’d have to travel and all this kind of stuff. And the next day, I called up this other guy, and I said, “Look, I’m interested in the work.” I got the work. And I did 10, 12 years of this work. And it made me gave me the capacity to, to really get on with my forestry life, you know, and I really enjoyed it, it’s great work, but it was in the right place at the right time. And you can call it was it called serendipity.
But at the end of the day, how much luck are you going to get when you when you just sit on your ass? How much luck you’re going to get when you want to do the same things that you’ve always done, you know? If you don’t want to change yourself, look what can happen to you, but it’s what you do with that look, once the situation happens, right? So, once the lock stands, it’s then what you do with the luck, that really makes a big difference.
Stopping drinking alcohol is the easiest part, right? Because you don’t have to think about it.. It’s just that you don’t put the alcohol into your mouth. Quitting the habit of alcohol is a bit more difficult, right? It’s more difficult thing to break down the habit and to get rid of the changing yourself into the best version of yourself. Where you don’t even think about alcohol to that type of a person. Don’t even know what I haven’t come up with a good name for that. I don’t want to call it a non drinker or a sober person or anything to do with alcohol because it’s not moving beyond that level where you would not put alcohol inside your body just as the same way.
You wouldn’t put arsenic inside your body. It’s just not something that you do. So let me know in the comments down below what you think if you’ve got any ideas about that. What I’m saying is that the work that is necessary for you to move on. And to get to that next level in your life. That requires hard work. It requires diligence, it requires you to think things through to make choices to make tough decisions sometimes, but above all, to put that work into action, but to put that thinking into action, and that goes way beyond luck.