One of the most remarkable things about being a parent is how much I can learn from my children in any situation. Children are pure and don’t have any outside motivations or involvement in politics or anything else. That is why what you hear out a child’s mouth is often the truth. Unless they are trying to score an extra treat, deny hitting their sibling or stalling so that they don’t have to go to bed. One thing that I noticed recently is the difference between my three year old son myself getting out of bed in the morning.
My morning routine consists of waking up to the alarm, pressing the snooze button, waking up to the next alarm, opening my eyes and then slowly getting out of bed. My son’s morning routine consists of opening his eye the second he hears something, jumping out of bed and running to either the tv or my bed depending on what he wants that morning.
You see the difference is that when I am waking up, I look at the day and think to myself “ok, here’s another day, let’s get ready and head off to work”. My son gets to play all day so he wants to start his day as soon and as quickly as possible.
After noticing this difference, I decided to change my morning routine. Instead of slowly getting out of bed in the morning and thinking about just “another day”, I am going to make each day special so that I can jump out of bed just like my son.
My previous attitude to getting up was that of an unlucky person. As long as I was thinking about my day as just another day, I was blocking all the possible luckortunity from my day. The second you change your attitude and mind set, you wake up like a lucky person and open up all of the day’s luckortunity.
Everyone needs something to look forward to in life. We need short term, medium term and long term events to look forward to to keep our lucky attitude.
Short term can be something special you have that day like meeting up with friends or going to see a movie you have been waiting to see.
Medium can be anything from an activity you are planning for this weekend or at the end of the month to a commission that is coming in soon to a vacation that you are looking forward to.
Long term is accomplishing your goals that you have been working hard for.
For me, I wake up, look at my long term goals, think about how it will feel once I have accomplished them, think about what I need to do to get there and then think of what I can do today to make sure that I stay on track. Doing this lets me jump pretty quickly out of bed in the morning. I’m still not as fast as my son though.
I am a typical person more or less that has always tried to get away with doing the absolute minimum to get by. In school, I did my assignments last minute, I barely passes some of my tests, I crammed for everything and didn't care about retaining any information. I always wanted to be successful and get lucky but my problem was that I thought that luck and chance were synonymous. One day, all that changed when i found out that there was more to "Luck". I learned that it was possible to make your own luck and that people that were "lucky", all had very similar characteristics. I made a conscious decision to become one of those lucky people and the world started to open up. It didn't happen overnight and I'm still not there yet but at least I know what to look for and what to do. Recognizing the opportunities to get lucky is only the beginning of the battle. Now I have to train myself to jump on every opportunity and one day be truly "lucky".
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