Wrestler, CM Punk, has a tattoo on his left entitled “luck is losers,” and this is a mantra that he lives by. Wikipedia defines luck as “a chance happening”, or something that “happens beyond a person’s control.” Some people may look at luck as a superstition, and while others can attribute luck to success, I don’t believe in it either way. I think we control our destinies to large extent.
Take a look at the Attribution Theory and you will realize that certain factors are attributable to success and failure. Motivation plays a stronger role in success or failure than does luck. Let’s take motivation in education, for example. Four factors related to the attribution theory influence motivation: ability, difficulty, effort and luck.
Ability is a relatively internal and stable factor over which the learner does not exercise much direct control.
Task difficulty is an external and stable factor that is largely beyond the learner’s control.
Effort is an internal and unstable factor over which the learner can exercise a great deal of control.
Luck is an external and unstable factor over which the learner exercises very little control. (Attribution Theory)
The way I see it, we are in control of abilities and efforts. Difficult tasks be achieved through hard work and motivation, but luck…luck is for losers. Luck is a good reason to stop trying and hard work is recognizable. Attributing luck to success or failure leads people down a path of self-fulfilling prophecies. Thus, people give up trying. For the reason that luck has never dictated my life or my goals, I honestly don’t believe in luck.
Miracles, on the other hand, I believe in. Miracles present to us an important element which forms and defines our spiritually and our religious thinking. Miracles allow us to believe in God and to realize he cares about us and does not turn his back on us. Miracles also help us to remember the importance of perseverance and not to abandon hope. Without a strong belief in miracles, our connection to our faith and to God allows us to feel lost.
Lately, the state of the nation’s economy leaves us pondering whether things will get better. People have lost their jobs and their savings, including 401K plans. We all want to believe that housing prices have stopped falling and that the current government relief and assistance for homeowners would actually allow us to breathe a sigh of relief. Unemployment is something on the minds of each of us, and each of us knows someone who has lost a job. The people losing jobs are people who have always worked hard and they have always paid their mortgages. Five years ago, it would be hard to believe, now it is a reality.
I don’t know about the rest of you but I am so tired about experts talking about jobless recovery. What about the promises about healthcare for every American and the proposed energy program that can’t seem to get moving or even voted upon. It seems like our politicians are promising to remake America, but none of us are convinced that our smash-mouth politicians will ever make any progress. After years of financial turmoil, a miracle must be underway, but don’t count on it.
Miracles involve bigger forces and sometimes they involve people like you and me. Sometimes, we are looking for miracles and sometimes, we are capable of making miracles happen for others. As the holidays come near, many of us are struggling. I look at it this way, no matter how much I am struggling, there are others out there struggling more than I am. I am struggling just like the majority of Americans, but I already got my miracle and in return, I am hoping to provide a miracle for someone else. Every small gesture is valuable and every small gesture can be someone else’s miracle.
I continue to believe in miracles because I have seen miracles first hand. Being religious or spiritual is about having faith and holding on to hope. Having faith and holding on to hope is about believing in things we cannot see. I believe in miracles the same way I believe in God. Luck, on the other hand, I don’t believe in, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.