Last night I had someone tell me that I was lucky.
"What do you mean?" I said.
"Well, you're beautiful, you're thin, you have a great job. You're lucky."
Lucky, eh? Here's my take on that:
To some extent, she was right. I am lucky that I was born in America, the greatest country on this planet. I am lucky that I was given two incredible parents who raised me in a loving family. And yes, I'm lucky I didn't come out of the womb looking like cyclops.
But I can assure you that luck had nothing to do with where I have ended up today.
I made the choice to spend 7 years in higher education, busting my ass to be a nurse practitioner. I made the choice to start a business 4 years ago and I have worked consistently at it so that it could create a designed life for us.
Every day I make the decision to eat healthier and exercise so that my body feels vivacious enough to do anything and everything I want to do.
Do you notice a trend here? Choices. Decisions. While most of us walk around thinking life happens TO us, the reality is quite the opposite. This life is the product of the decisions WE MAKE.
We can change our reality at any given moment. It just takes the desire to change and actually act on those decisions.
When you see someone who is successful, I can assure you it isn't luck that got them there.
Behind every success story was someone who dared to do what the majority of others won't do. It's a story of someone who decided they weren't going to settle for ordinary, and so they put a vision into action and made a change....oftentimes making tons of hidden sacrifices along the way.
Luck? I don't know much about that. But I do know a lot about hard work and sweat equity. And I'll choose that path over easy any day of the week.
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