We often hear people say, “Good luck,” “hard luck,” among other expressions related to their belief that luck controls their fate. This is absolutely dumb; you make your own luck, not the other way around.
Many people build their expectations upon their hopes or intentions. They think that if their intentions were good enough, the end product of their deeds or efforts shall be good as well… this is absolutely wrong.
Good intentions + Bad planning = Absolute failure
Take this for granted; it’s the effort which you put in planning that eventually grants you success, not your luck.
But success is never easy; actually it’s quite the opposite of that. Hence, to be successful you need to make a lot of effort that is based upon good planning.
Allah says in the Qur’an:
“Verily, Allah doesn’t change the conditions of any people, till they change what’s inside themselves.” [The Qur’an (13:11)].
And He also says:
“Those who have faith, and do righteous deeds, indeed, We shall not allow the reward of their good deeds to be wasted.” [The Qur’an (18:30)].
The above two verses are simply emphasizing that success starts from inside the person himself, he must have enough persistence to succeed, and reach his destination; then, he must do his best in perfecting his performance. The more righteous and closer to perfection his deed is, the greater will be his success.
Now, good planning could only be reached through experience. Consequently, to build up a good plan for whatever it is which you seek to accomplish, you must seek the help of well experienced people. My Sheikhs used to say:
“Knowledge = Reading + True Understanding”
& “Experience = Knowledge + Practicing”
Hence, Experience = Reading + True Understanding + Practicing
Therefore, to build your own luck, and succeed at anything, you need to do the following:
- Grasp True Understanding
- Set a relevant goal with clear objectives
- Make your plan
- Adapt to variables and occurrences
- Be persistent and remain steadfast
- Accept any failures with gratitude and move on
- If it has already failed before, never try the same method twice
Finally, and above all, know that life should be simple; it’s not the lofty sophisticated things that make one happy, it’s the simple things.
A heartfelt gesture could have the impact of ten flower bouquets. A simple flower could have the impact of a diamond ring if it was well chosen and neatly presented. So is the case with success; a simple well organized and professionally implemented plan could be equally effective to a complicated mastermind designed plan. Personally, I prefer easy direct plans, but this is just me.
Now, what were your latest expectations, and how do you see them after reading this?
Written by: Ehab Shawky
In response to: Luck