Most people prefer to have good fortune to misfortune. When things go well, they hope it will remain this way forever. But things rarely stay good for long. Once you have achieved a cherished goal and reached the top of the hill, there is nowhere else to go but down. But is misfortune inevitable? The answer is no. There are ways to prolong good fortune, but you have to make an effort to do so.
Why Bad Times Follows Good Times
For most people, misfortunes come as a shock to them. They never expect things to take such a drastic turn. They often wonder why bad things must happen to them. In truth, Life is indifferent to our plight. It does not single us out to make us suffer. But if we do not live in a prudent way and take precautions, we are likelier to have manage events badly. It is akin to not saving or preparing for a rainy day. This in turn leads to misfortunes for us. Similarly, if we take responsibility for our lives and live in the right way, we are likelier to have good fortune.
The key to prolonging good fortune is to understand the reasons for misfortune and our part in it. What follows are some of the chief culprits of misfortune.
Good times and times of ease can cause people to become complacent. Instead of being alert and aware as they once were, they might slacken in their vigilance. This is how misfortune can take people by surprise. While it is understandable to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labour, it is not prudent to go to extremes. You cannot assume that good times will last forever because change is the only constant in life.
Misfortune can only take you by surprise if you allow it to. There are signs everywhere that herald the coming of changes way in advance. This means that if you are watchful and aware, you often have ample time to prepare to avoid or pre-empt misfortune. If you cannot avoid misfortune, at the very least, you can prepare to manage it well. As such, you simply cannot afford to be indifferent to the world around you. Neither should you take anything for granted.
Stagnation robs you of the ability and skills to react swiftly to changes. Instead of taking decisive action, you may flounder at the critical moments that can result in misfortune. The world is always changing. What may have worked in the past may not be relevant today. With each new change comes a new set of skills that you may need to manage it well. As such, you have to keep learning and growing to keep up. If you do not keep up with the times, you will be less able to prolong your good fortune.
How to Prolong Good Fortune
Now that we are aware of the chief culprits of misfortune, how then can we prolong good fortune?
1. Take Responsibility
This is the key step to prolonging good fortune. Leaving your fate to chance can cause you great misfortune at the worst possible time. At the same time, it can also shorten whatever good fortune you have.
Your life is yours to live. How it turns out depends on the choices you make and the actions you take. Unless you take responsibility and steer your life in the direction you want to go, the changes and events of the world is likely to toss you about. By taking responsibility for your life, you are likelier to avoid needless problems and prolong your good fortune.
2. Be Aware and Prepared
Changes do not happen suddenly. Long before changes happen, there will be signs that herald the coming change. If you are aware of these signs through logic and intuition, you can prepare early to manage the change well. Here, prevention is better than cure and foresight is better than hindsight.
In the best case, you will be able to avoid or pre-empt the change by nipping any problems in the bud. If you cannot avoid the change, at the very least you will be prepared to manage it well. The key here is to take any area in your life and subject it to scrutiny.
Think ahead about the likely opportunities and challenges you will face as you continue down your current path. What can you do and how can you prepare to manage them well? Should you continue down this path or switch to another path? How should you prepare accordingly? Asking these questions and preparing to manage the answers is a good way to ensure that your good fortune continues.
3. Keep Up with Changes and Change
All your planning and preparation will be for naught if you do not keep up with the changes and change. The key changes to note would be those that have a direct or indirect impact on your life. Unless you adjust, your plans might not be the most effective. To worsen matters, you may not be prepared to handle new developments well.
Thus, learn and grow at every opportunity you have. This will give you the needed skills, knowledge and insights to manage any changes in your life better. When you can handle anything that Life throws at you, you will be able to prolong your good fortune.
Prolonged Good Fortune Requires Effort and Balance
We have a great amount of choices in our lives today. But not all of these choices are beneficial to us. This is why we need self-control and discipline to make the right and best choices. Simply doing as we please is a recipe for misfortune. But at the same time, rigid self-control will only cause problems for us. Here, balance is the key.
Similarly, being prepared is not the same as constant worry. If you are fully prepared, there is less of a need to worry because you are ready to manage various scenarios. Having a plan to follow ensures that events are less likely to catch you off guard. At the same time, you are likelier to make good choices in the midst of chaos because you have your plan and goals to guide you.
Once you are done with planning, you should carry on your life normally with fewer worries. After all, you have done what you can to prepare. Here you must strike a balance between living in the future by worrying and focusing on the now to get there. By making this effort in your life, you will be likelier to prolong your good fortune.
Having prolonged good fortune is the result of prudent choices, actions and effort. While it is necessary to be prepared, we must also avoid going to extremes. Balance, after all, is one of the vital keys to good fortune.
Do bad things or misfortune catch you by surprise? How do you manage then? Could you have done better? What are the steps you take to prolong good fortune or good times in your life? Are you aware of the changes that will affect your life? How do you manage these changes? Do share your thoughts and comments below!