02 Nov My strategy for preparation is similar to that of bridezillas wedding day prep – without the tantrums.
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Chatting with a past mentoring student recently, he commented on how lucky he had been. They (he and his wife) had completed two developments and were part way through a third which had pre-sales, so he was sitting pretty.
Since they started with me, their life had changed exponentially, and they were now able to help his family financially. Luck be buggered, I thought to myself. That was good old-fashioned strategy he was not giving kudos to. Strategy which he had planned and followed through on.
Truth be told, they had tried a development prior to meeting me, had signed up for some mediocre ‘education’ and at the risk of sounding arrogant, it was below average. They had been ill advised and were lucky to come out with their shirt on, although it had lost the collar and a sleeve and was rather tatty. But hey, due diligence on your educator is as important as due diligence on your property. Lesson learned.
Small soap box moment but I’m back, and the story is about luck. What is luck? The dictionary says… “success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through ones own actions.”
I find it interesting how the dictionary uses the word apparently.
Well you don’t get to live with a Performance Coach without being coached, weather I want it or not. Hilary’s uses this formula for luck:
“Preparation, attitude, opportunity and action = LUCK.”
Jim Rohn said, “You can’t change your destination overnight but you can change your direction”
Preparation be that education, due diligence or research. You must do the preparation, I’ve seen too many people wing it and lose their wings, go from a potential soaring eagle to a Kiwi (no offence kiwis).
My strategy for preparation is similar to that of bridezillas wedding day prep – without the tantrums. No stone left unchecked.
Attitude, you can’t always change a situation, but you can change the way you see a situation. Attitude is everything. Mine’s good, maybe I should thank my parents for that, Dad painted cars and Mum was a home maker who enjoyed a sneaky sherry or 4, a simple and happy life. I see things in a good light and expect great outcomes. If they are not, I manage to find a way to see them great. It’s like looking for the nugget of gold in every pan shake, even the smallest piece is worth celebrating.
Opportunity, The old saying “opportunity knocks”. Another problem I see. Opportunity is knocking and people don’t open their door. They don’t recognise it as an opportunity, too busy seeing it as a snake rather than a stick. In reality it is the opportunity stick, and that door left unopened soon passes. Opportunity gone, too busy, too skeptical, too poor, too old, too young… don’t start me.
Lastly Action, a favourite at our place. Mark Twain coined the phrase ‘Actions speak louder than words but not nearly as often’. People begin with the best of intentions, take the amount of people who say to me, I will find a site and then sign up with your mentoring program. Doesn’t happen. Even when they say they are definitely going to do it, there has only ever been one who did in over 100 people who said they definitely will. Unfortunately, they never did anything. No action. Action – the fact or process of doing something, typically to achieve a goal.
So there we have it Luck, it has a process and with that I’ll leave you with these questions.
1. Are you prepared?
2. How is your attitude to your property developing success?
3. How often do you notice opportunity?
4. What action can you take today?