Why You Shouldn’t Wish ‘Good Luck’ on Other People (1minute read)


This short blog post is in my mindbytes category. I did say a while back that I would do these and I haven’t. My apologies if you like quick reads.

I originally wanted to do these shorter posts as they are way too long for my Twitter and daily Facebook page updates, but didn’t want these insights to remain shelved and filed away inside my mind.

It’s Not About Good Luck

I have been coaching a great young lad recently who is a junior Go-karter.

On his Facebook page, when he announces that he has reached the final of a competition, many well meaning friends and fans alike wish him ‘Good Luck’.  

good luck is not helpful

Saying Good Luck is not helpful

But wishing him good luck is not healthy for him. Why? Because in essence what it is saying is simply, “You need luck to win. Your result is going to be out of your control” 

And this is quite simply, not true.

He is in control of his performance. He is in control of how he prepares, getting himself into the zone, calming himself before the race starts and telling himself that he is ‘fast and focused’ during the race.

Sure, there is a tiny element of luck in everything I suppose; but wishing someone good luck takes away personal responsibility for performance and at the same time, on an unconscious level, diminishes self-confidence.

Stacked on top of each other, small things can have a big impact on performing at your peak

If you are on the receiving end…

So if someone wishes you a well intentioned good luck when you are about to perform quickly remind yourself that you actually have it what takes to perform at your best.

It may sound trivial, but more often than not it is the small things that make the difference between an average or an outstanding performance.

So next time you feel compelled to wish someone Good Luck before they make their first speech, a presentation to the board, enter a race or go for a job interview, instead tell them they have what it takes.

That way you will be reinforcing their confidence to perform at their best.

Rob Hamilton

I am a published author and writer of several ebooks. Known as the Mind Coach, I help people unlock their true potential so that they can achieve their dreams and goals and perform better more of the time.

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Robert Hamilton

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Robert is a published author and expert mind coach. A certified NLP Practitioner, Timeline Therapy™ and Life Enhancement Coach (Dip). Rob has studied the mind and performance for 30 years.

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