Better Than the Alternative Tuesdays: Lucky

I don’t know which one said it first, so I’m going to give them both credit lest I start a family feud over one of my most treasured family sayings. Obi-wan and his brother, The Godfather, are always telling me, “The harder you work, the luckier you get.” This is my favorite life quote.

(Well, this one and “C is for cookie and that’s good enough for me!”)

I love this quote for many reasons.

#1. It comes from two favorite men of mine whose lives are proof that the harder you work, the luckier you get. They are two of the “luckiest” guys I know. Successful careers, amazing families, fine upstanding citizens and generous to those less fortunate. Serious role models, people.

#2. It’s true. I have always found that if I work hard at something, eventually I get better at it. Even if “getting better” means the most minute success, like the fact that I got a B in college Chemistry was probably not deemed “successful” to my fellow NYU pre-med classmates. But for me, it was the result of hours of laborious studying and tutoring and a success in my book. Lucky me, a B!

#3. I am decidedly unlucky when I do not work hard. This is just the way it goes. I can sometimes squeak by with a performance which others admire, but one which I know does not show my true abilities. I hate when I do this to myself. And make no mistake about it, I do this to myself, no one does it to me.

This is something you can take into your running life. If you work hard in your weekly workouts, commit to them and put 100% in every day, you will see a change in your performance. If you eat things that are good for you and that you know your body needs, you will see and feel the change in your body. You can’t expect miracles to happen when you are also trying to make the miracle happen. What is in your control, you must control. There is too much out there that is left to the fates for us to ignore the power we have to make changes in our lives.

What are you waiting for? Work hard and see just how “lucky” you can be. Do everything in your power to make changes in your life. Be the change you want to see in the world. The ability to work harder and make changes is why it’s so much better to be here rather than there. We have the power to change our lives. Start now and bring on the good luck!

Now go out and run!

3 thoughts on “Better Than the Alternative Tuesdays: Lucky

  1. I have been thinking about this post a lot since I read it a couple of days ago. It is so true! I’ve never worked harder or been smarter about my training than I am now and I know that it is paying off. I have to admit though that I’m sort of “living in fear” of injury and that is frustrating. I need to let go of the fears and trust in my training. I’m just pouring so much of myself into my running right now and I feel it working which is exciting but also makes me scared it could all come crashing down. Sorry to babble here! I would love to hear how you handle those kinds of emotions and fears when training for a big race/PR. I am telling myself every day to trust in my training and listen to my body but whenever I feel tight or tweaky I get nervous! Guess it just comes with the territory!!

    • First of all, babble all you like. I feel like it’s all I do lately. Secondly, I have found that I get injured when I don’t train properly or I do something stupid, like push too hard when I’m exhausted. When I have been injured, I’ve taken what the PTs have told me to heart and modified my strength training to accommodate my newfound weakness (which is the cause of most injuries, as opposed to acute trauma). When you train smart and are doing everything you need to be doing, you have to let go and trust your body will tell you when it’s too much. Listen for the warning signs: fatigue, overly tight muscles, that “heavy leg” feeling, getting sick a lot…you know, generally not feeling well. Other than that, just rock it out!

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