While I was at the TED conference early this year, I jumped in to different conversations about “luck” and chance and opportunity. I found myself watching people on stage, meeting people in the hallways, and diving deep in to great conversations over meals throughout the week. Over and over again, as I think about the word luck, I have the thought come in to my mind:

“Are they really that much better than anyone else in the world? How much did luck/chance play a part in it all?”

In fact, this weighed on my mind SO much I created a Get Momentum coaching module about it…you can see an overview in the video above.

Recently, I wrote a blog post (you can read the full version here) where I outlined the FOUR things that I see needing to come together if you’re going to make things better. If your life, your work, your community, the way you do things is going to get ANY better this year, you’re going to have to do at least one of these. Just imagine if you had a solid plan for enacting all four at one time!

Visualize…Don’t Wish

One thing I’ve tried to never do is make wish lists. I try to have a very steppingstone mentality about this whole thing, where as soon as you make one step you visualize the next step, not five steps ahead.
~ Taylor Swift

Know When You’re At Your Best…Don’t Hope

Every job is good if you do your best and work hard. A man who works hard stinks only to the ones that have nothing to do but smell.
~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

Build Your Team…Don’t Settle

I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.
~ Mia Hamm

Measure (the Right) Feedback…Don’t Assume

I don’t care what people say about my relationship; I don’t care what they say about my boobs. People are buying my songs; I have a sold-out tour. I’m getting incredible feedback from my music.
~ Katy Perry

Of course, at the blog post (you can read the full version here) I explain what each of those four things mean, and how you can take full advantage of their effects at your work AND in your life.