People say “Good luck!” as a nice gesture to wish someone well on an endeavor. It’s a habit. When someone wishes luck on another person, it’s sending them extra support from sources outside of the person. So if someone wishes someone else luck, does it mean the person assumes they are not prepared and need outside help? Most of the time, no. It’s what people say! It’s a well wish. It’s not bad at all. At the same time, what is someone supposed to say if they know the person is prepared and doesn’t need luck? “Go get ‘em!”, “You’re so prepared!”, or maybe “Preparation is key!”? There’s no need for finding a new well wish after reading this article, wishing someone “Good luck” is still the way to go.
In athletics, preparation and control go hand and hand. Preparation takes time, dedication, and discipline. These are all things that people can control. Athletes and coaches want the most amount of control over their success, growth, and athletic career. Preparation influences all of this and more. By putting in the work to prepare, there little need for luck. Luck is outside of anyone’s control. Luck is the oldest YOLO in the book. Now, is a little luck a bad thing? Of course not! Sometimes luck can bring about an opportunity that otherwise would not have happened. Luck can bring someone off the bench. Luck could end a rain storm right before the game is called. At the same time, luck shouldn’t be the only driving force behind your success. Whatever luck may bring, it’s important to be prepared for it. Rather than looking at it as luck vs. preparation, maybe we can look at both concepts as a part-time tag team. If luck is on your side, your preparation will help you make the most of the situation. We should all be prepared for any good luck that may come our way. Hope you enjoyed your St. Patrick’s Day weekend!