March 7, 2008.
"It's the constant and determined effort that breaks down all resistance, sweeps away all obstacles."
Claude M. Bristol
Some people get all of the breaks. Ever heard that saying before? Maybe even grumbled it under your breath from time to time? Crazy as it seems, a vast majority of people actually believe that statement is true. For one reason or another, they think only a choice few receive all of the breaks while everyone else is left holding the bag; usually an empty bag at that.
Now do some people enjoy more success than some other folks? Yes, without question. And are there some people who consistently catch more breaks than the rest of the crowd? Again, there's no doubt about it. But is their success really nothing more than the luck of the draw - or is there something else going on here?
"I think luck is the sense to recognize an opportunity and the ability to take advantage of it."
Contrary to what many believe, you make your own luck in life. That's right, it's not the butcher or the baker or even the candlestick maker who determines your lot in life. Nor is it fate, chance or circumstance. It's you - and you alone. It's all up to you.
Look, it's easy to make excuses when someone else wins the prize we covet. But pathetic excuses are a dime a dozen. It's even easier to call those who come out on top just plain lucky, but what does that accomplish? Does it get any of us any closer to fulfilling our dreams? Does it make our lives more fulfilling, more rewarding? Does it help us achieve our goals? No, no and no.
"Things don't go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be."
Charles 'Tremendous' Jones
The only way to make things happen is to, well... make things happen. But the mere possibility of failure scares some people right to the bone. In fact, some get so worked up over possibly falling short that they never actually get in the game. Worried to death about making mistakes or fouling things up, they remain seated on the sidelines while the 'lucky' ones roll right on by.
While there are many who hesitate to act, there are others who patiently wait for their big break to occur. Then they wait and wait some more. Days, months and even years go by as they kill time waiting for their elusive big break to arrive on the scene. Before they know it, a lifetime of missed opportunities has come and gone.
"You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown."
Instead of fretting about getting our breaks or waiting for our breaks to occur, why don't we get busy and start making our own breaks? And if we make a mistake along the way, which we are sure to do on occasion, what's the big deal? We just need to get up, get better and get going again.
Every person on earth has ample opportunities to make something spectacular happen each and every day. Not some of us, not just the lucky ones amongst us, but every one of us. And yes, that includes you and me too! But we've got to take some chances if we're ever going to realize our God-given potential and make our dreams come true.
We need to break out of our comfy zone. We need to break through barriers that have previously held us back. And we need to break away from the same old routine. The big break we've always talked about, the exciting break we've always dreamed about, the life changing break we've always waited for is right here, beckoning us to come and get it.
It's time to stop waiting and hoping for a lucky break and make a break for the best life has to offer. Right here, right now.
The Bottom Line: The moment you get past your breaking point, you're going to start breaking some records.
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