May,as is well known among foreign language teachers, is the month of all language examinations, for the students of the upper-intermediate levels.None of them,without exception,got to this point by mere luck.They had been preparing for this since September,or to be more exact for the past 6,7 years.Carefully laid-out curricula,assignments, constant encouragement,bitter disappointments and sweet,small or bigger successes,led them to this point in time.To prove their knowledge and reap the rewards.
It is of course no different for adults.A large majority of today's adult population are enormously disappointed with their current state of living,whether it is of their own doing or due to external factors,such as unemployment or doing a job they absolutely loathe.Needless to say,the financial situation prevalent in many countries of the world ,has, to a small or greater extent,led a large part of the population either to unemployment or choosing from a limited choice of jobs for a humiliatingly low income.One considers themselves lucky for having even that.And let's not forget the age factor.Younger people are preferred over more mature and qualified employees,just because they cost less to the management.Exploitation in every aspect is rampant all around the globe.
To return to the subject at hand,one would wonder,if these people have,in actuality, any choice in the matter.Any power whatsoever to turn their life's circumstances around and transform them into a life they are more deserving of.I am no philosopher,no wise sage,no expert,no one special for that matter.I would say,putting it quite mildly,I am an optimistically realistic person. I believe,not in luck,but in bold envisioning,thorough planning and preparing for your life and working hard. Luck is just the inevitable outcome of the above.And this principle applies to all,young and old alike,the poorer or the already rich and successful.
I fervently believe in the limitless power of the human heart,a human's relentless and resilient spirit.We are after all,as has been scientifically proven, pure energy.I've read somewhere that where you focus your energy on, it expands.Since our dreams are part of our energy,it follows, that if we focus on them,fiercely envisioning them,carefully planning and strategising all the steps necessary to fulfill them and be ready to work harder than we've ever worked before,all opportunities simply must present themselves to us.Not because we are"lucky" but because we followed through with our plans and diligent work.When I was a student myself,one of my teachers very wisely said to us"Preparation equals success.Luck is a mere 1% of you total success." Today,I say the same to my own students.Mahatma Gandhi put it so well when he said:"The future depends on what we do in present".
Envision,plan,prepare and execute.Work hard.Hitch your wagon to a star,to quote the great Ralph Waldo Emerson.Let you dreams and ambitions drive you to aim high.Create your future today.If Abe Lincoln,former President of the United States, lived by this principle,I think it wise to follow his advice.I will go out on a limb here and say we really have nothing to lose if we try.Make it a habit to prepare for your success- daily.Eventually,you will become masters of your destiny.Just as you were meant to be.