"... it is complete nonsense to think you can improve your luck by wearing a lucky charm around your neck. Or by crossing your fingers behind your back. These things have no way of influencing what happens to you unless it is by some effect on how you feel: giving you added confidence that calms your nerves before a tennis serve, for example. But that has nothing to do with luck; that is psychology." Richard Dawkins in The Magic of Reality -How we know what is really true-. p.226 1st paragraph.
I offer up this quote from Richard Dawkins to make you think one step deeper about what it means to be lucky and to hear from an opposing side in regards to there being no such thing as luck. We both could debate this for probably hours on end and still come to no resolution. We are not here to debate however, and I offer you up a book that will give you some added knowledge into why there is no such thing as luck (at least this side of the debate). I have also offered up this quote and book so anyone who would typically argue with me that there is no such thing as luck now knows that I understand both sides of this luck versus no luck debate.
Getting past this debate, let us get into the real reason why you are here. You are here to better prepare yourself in case good fortune or good luck should come your way one day, and to help ensure you are ready. Or we can say it as: to better prepare yourself should you be in a situation that your humility, knowledge, compassion, and grit could mean the difference between getting ahead and not getting ahead.
One of the first things we need to recognize and understand is that we have to Do what is difficult when it is easy. - Lao Tzu Think about this saying/quote for a minute. It really makes a lot of sense when you frame it right. Let's say you are constantly body building and building up our upper body strength. Let us also say you do a lot of indoor rock climbing. Now let us suppose one day you are on a plane and the plane crashes into the mountains and you are left stranded on top of a huge mountain top and the only way down is to climb down, no rescue people are coming anytime soon. If you had been doing the body building and rock climbing for fun you are in shape and are able to get down from the mountain top with more knowledge and strength and knowing what to do. If you had never been doing the exercises you would be in big trouble.
Of course the example above is pretty extreme, but it is a good framing to understand that doing what is difficult when it is easy can really help you out in life. It is like reading a lot of non-fiction books about lots of different topics all the time. At some point, one day this knowledge you have been accumulating will come in really handy... maybe for a job, maybe for a conversation, maybe even to save your life one day. The more knowledge you build up the better off you are going to be in life. The more knowledge you accumulate is also going to make you a more rounded, more informed, and more thoughtful person along with knowing better how the world and people work.
When I say to prepare yourself in case good luck comes your way I am talking about situations where if you had been more prepared you may have gotten that job you didn't even know you were applying to. Maybe one night you are invited out with some friends and they have invited other friends of theirs out. One of their friends is sitting next to you, that you have never met or know anything about them, and you two get to talking. If you are a well rounded person and show humility they will become more open and welcoming to you. If you are able to hold an intelligent conversation with them about a wide array of topics as well, you will be seen as fairly smart in their eyes. Now lets say the night is wrapping up and you go to wish this person you have been engaging with over the night and as you are wishing them well they reach out and hand you a card and say "I really enjoyed talking with you, we should get together again sometime soon, maybe at my company." As you take the card and shake their hand and they start walking away you look down at the card and read: CEO of Marketing at Google. To your amazement you have just been chatting with the CEO of Marketing at Google and they just offered to meet up again at their company. This is what I mean by being prepared when luck comes your way.
In the story above, if you had been unintelligent, arrogant, acted like you were the best person in the room etc etc. this person may have not even talked with you for more that 5 min total throughout the whole night. This would of been a huge missed opportunity and one you could of avoided if you had been prepared.
This is going to be true for Health, Wealth, Love and Happiness and continuing to work on them.
Like with health, if you are always doing some form of exercise and eating right and overall taking care of yourself, you will recover faster from colds or maybe not even get colds, if you get into an accident this healthy choice could be the thing that saves your life because you will have built up some resistance already and are in good health.
Or a really easy way to think of it is with money. If you are saving 10% of your income every month, building your nest egg, when you car all of a sudden breaks down one day you will have money to get it fixed or buy a new one instead of freaking out because you have no money to pay for this. Or what if you get hurt? Having money set aside will sure help pay the bills while you recover.
Or another way, if you just quit your job without another job lined up and savings stored away you may just end up being homeless because you did not prepare properly.
This post is pretty straight forward so I don't think I have to get into a lot of stories or reasons why you need to do this. By now you should be able to use your skill of thinking one step deeper and using this post to maximize all the areas of your life while it is easy to do.
This quote sums it up very nicely: Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. - Seneca
Health: Do some form of exercise, anything, even walking. Eat a balanced diet. Meditate. Read books about your body and health.
Wealth: Save 10% of your monthly income (or something, anything). Set aside some funds to go have some fun every month too. Read books relevant to money management, or investing, and biographies and autobiographies about people who have done really well for themselves in life.
Love: There are people in your life who are always there for you, spend more effort talking to them and hanging out with them (the people who are never there for you it is probably time to spend less time with them); put your energy into the ones worth putting energy into. Have time for your family. Smile more. Be nice to people for no reason. Read books about relationships and psychology.
Happiness: See if changing careers in life is the right thing for you. See where you can improve things in your life to be happier at all of them. Read books about happiness, psychology, biographies and autobiographies.