Good Luck can mean the difference between living a life of extreme good fortune or that of misery and beggary. But really what does it mean to be lucky? Are you born lucky or do you make your own luck?
Research shows that although people have almost no insight into the real causes of their good and bad luck, their thoughts and behaviour are responsible for much of their fortune.
As someone was said, the only good luck many great men ever had was being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck. Some people are luckier simply because they have learned how to generate good luck. Luck is a skill that anyone can learn. What helps luck is a habit of watching for opportunities, of having a patient but restless mind, of sacrificing one’s ease or vanity, or uniting a love of detail to foresight, and of passing through hard times bravely and cheerfully.
Take the case of chance opportunities. Lucky people consistently encounter such opportunities, whereas unlucky people do not. In an experiment, a newspaper was given to two groups of people who considered themselves lucky and those who don’t. They were tasked to look through it count the number of photographs inside. On average, the unlucky people took about two minutes to count the photographs, whereas the lucky people took just seconds. Why? Because the second page of the newspaper contained the message: “Stop counting. There are 43 photographs in this newspaper.” This message took up half of the page and was written in type that was more than 2in high. It was staring everyone straight in the face, but the unlucky people tended to miss it and the lucky people tended to spot it.
Personality tests revealed that unlucky people are generally much tenser than lucky people, and research has shown that anxiety disrupts people’s ability to notice the unexpected. When you are expecting something to go wrong, you tend to be too focused on that one task at hand leaving no space for ‘happy accidents’.
And so it is with luck – unlucky people miss chance opportunities because they are too focused on looking for something else. They go to parties intent on finding their perfect partner and so miss opportunities to make good friends. They look through newspapers determined to find certain types of job advertisements and as a result miss other types of jobs. Lucky people are more relaxed and open, and therefore see what is there rather than just what they are looking for.
Lucky people generate good fortune through four basic principles. They are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities, make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition, create self-fulfilling prophesies through positive expectations, and adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good.
If you want to turn your luck around start following your intuition and have faith in your hunches. Lucky people are interested in how they both think and feel about the various options, rather than simply looking at the rational side of the situation.
Break the tedious routine. Unlucky people tend to take the same route to and from work and talk to the same types of people at parties. In contrast, many lucky people try to introduce variety into their lives.
Lucky people tend to see the positive side of their ill fortune. They imagine how things could have been worse. As Tony Robbins says ‘It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.’ If you go around hanging your head in rue of you bad luck then your life will shape up to be unlucky. I hope today you decide to change your attitude and see all the lucky things that have happened to you and go out expecting more. Your luck just changed the moment you spotted this article and took time to read it. Now go be lucky.