I’m currently training for my first marathon. I have a training plan that I follow. The idea is that if I follow this plan to the letter, I will be able to run a marathon. Of course, I haven’t read the fine print that absolves the plan creator of any responsibility for my potential failure. The plan says that it is a marathon training plan and is even called “Marathon Training Program” or something like that. This is enough for me to believe that by respecting it, I will be able to run a marathon.
Now if only they had the same thing for the rest of life – a plan that would guarantee success in life, whatever that means. Well, they do have plans for everything. The catch is the “whatever that means” part. We don’t know what we want from life and that is why there is no plan that we can follow to get us there. If you don’t know where you’re going, how do you expect to find your way there? Through a lucky guess? And yet, that’s how most of us play it. We expect to stumble on what we’re looking for (when we see it, we’ll know that’s what we needed).
Want to be happy? Define happy. Once you can define happy, you can find or create a plan to get you there. So when you feel all lucked out in life, ask yourself what it means to be lucky, then make a plan and go for it and make your own luck. You can achieve anything as long as it is a clearly defined target.