“Our biggest shortcoming is low expectations.” -Mark Batterson
It’s a family joke about how lucky I am. We call it Blackwell Luck, but really, it’s Trish Blackwell luck because my brother Nick rejoices at the very rare occasions that he gets the luck wand waved around his head. If I’m looking for a parking spot, I inevitably get a front row spot. When I enter raffles or contests, I often am one of the lucky numbers pulled, and when life just needs to work out perfectly, it does. My luck’s reputation has life to it. Just yesterday I heard from a friend in Vegas who had just won $3500 and who told me that he had immediately thought of me and thanked me for my Blackwell luck.
You see, my secret isn’t that I actually have magical luck. My secret is that I have high expectations in life. I expect people to be kind to me. I expect my days to be filled with excitement, happiness and joy so whimsical that other positive things are attracted back to me. In short, I live by the principle and law of attraction. I learned at a very young age in athletics that what I put out, I will get back. As as young swimmer, I took this to heart. I put every ounce of effort that I could into every practice, and I also put every ounce of confidence I could muster up into every race so that by the time I walked up to the blocks to dive in and compete, the race had already been won in my mind. As a result, I was a phenomenal athlete at a young age. Interestingly enough, the moment in my athletic career that I started thinking too much and stopped expecting greatness to happen, I lost my “luck” in the sport.
Life is similar, if we over think it, we will lose much of the beauty of it. I love what Mark Batterson says in his book The Circle Maker: “our biggest shortcoming is low expectations.” What a tragic statement; we prevent so many wonderful things from happening in life simply because we are not open to them and because our imaginations are too dull. Luck is not just for the Irish, so sharpen your imagination and unleash the law of attraction so that your expectations give you luck like the Blackwells. 🙂