I read an unusual quote from current Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson in the lead-up to last weekend’s round of matches.

“What I am hoping for is a little bit of luck so the result goes our way whether we play well or play badly.”

That sounds a lot like what many people in society do today.

Hoping for a little bit of luck so that they don’t have to worry about giving their best and performing well to be successful.

There’s a significant problem with this way of thinking.

I’ve written before of the dangers of winning the lottery.  Any time that you are relying on external factors, especially something as random as luck, you start to absolve yourself of the responsibility that you have to set meaningful goals and work hard to achieve them.

Robert Collier once said,

All of us have bad luck and good luck. The man who persists through the bad luck – who keeps right on going – is the man who is there when the good luck comes – and is ready to receive it.

If you want to be successful in any aspect of your life, control the controllables and ensure that you can maximise your chances of positive outcomes without requiring a fortuitous referee’s decision, a generous bequest, the right lottery numbers to come up or someone else failing. 

If Roy Hodgson and Liverpool want to be successful, they need to get the right attitude, train hard and play to the best of their collective ability and do so with consistency. 

Hoping for luck is what losers do when they can’t be bothered taking charge.

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