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How to Get Good Luck
Looking for Luck?
You and Good Luck
Good luck seems to follow some people around like a faithful puppy. If you feel that you are missing out on good luck, this article explains:
- How scientists have studied "lucky" people;
- The characteristics of lucky people;
- The steps you can take to make yourself lucky.
Is Good Luck Passing You By?
Do you ever feel that good luck passes you by? Sometimes it feels that no matter how hard we try, someone else always gets the lucky breaks. It's downright unfair that people who are less talented, less hard working and less deserving get the job/girl/house of our dreams. Is the universe laughing at us?
You aren't alone in feeling this way. Everyday, hundreds of thousands of people will ask themselves why they are such losers. For some it is a passing phase, others will slump into depression. It's nothing new; people have wrestled with bad luck for centuries. Our ancestors have worn talismans to ward off bad luck and attract good luck, repeated mantras and offered up prayers in their efforts to change their fortunes. Some people still do, and good luck to them! Believe it or not, these age old methods of attracting good luck may actually help. Don't believe me? Open your mind, for just a minute, your luck may be about to change.
Good Luck Means Spotting An Opportunity!
"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity" Seneca
Find Out How to Make Yourself Lucky
Several years ago Professor Richard Wiseman, a British psychologist, decided to investigate what distinguishes lucky people from their unlucky counterparts. Professor Wiseman carried out a study over several years. In one experiment he asked his volunteers, half of whom considered themselves to be lucky, the others who defined themselves as unlucky, to read a newspaper. Their task was to count the photographs in the paper. However, he also placed a very large message in the paper instructing the reader to tell the experimenter that they had read the message and get £250. The result? The "unlucky" group tended to miss the notice, whilst the "lucky" readers saw it.
So, what does this say about the two groups? The unlucky people were too worried about their task, counting photos, to be able to take advantage of the opportunity that was staring them in the face. No doubt they would feel unlucky and perhaps that they had been treated unfairly (they had focussed on the assigned task after all; no one said they should look out for messages in the text).
However, this is a trait that makes people "unlucky".
- "Unlucky" people miss opportunities because they are too focused on looking for something else.
The Power of Your Mind
Not convinced that you can change your luck by changing your mind? Your subconscious mind is a powerful force and it absolutely can play tricks on you (and you can play them back). Read Melovy's excellent hub about how your memory works and affects your beliefs: The Accuracy of Memory: Did It Really Happen How You Think It Did?
Luck As A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
Imagine that you do miss out on a few opportunities. After a while you may begin to define yourself as unlucky. This makes you tense and worried, and this will make you work harder at finding the "right" solution. And trying to find the "right" solution, as we saw in Professor Wiseman's experiment, can blind you to some fantastic opportunities that you weren't actively seeking. And once again, you will think that good luck passed you by, and you will spiral further into an "unlucky" self-fulfilling prophecy.
Lucky people on the other hand, are more relaxed about life and consequently more open to seeing chance opportunities. They will seize them and think themselves "lucky" which will reinforce their feeling of luck and well-being.
You may feel even more of a loser when you first realise that it is not some external, irrational force in the universe that is making you "unlucky". It is you. No doubt you have heard the saying "you make your own luck". That's scary. It means you are responsible for your destiny and that you are the author of your own fate. This is probably making you even more nervous, tense and worried. But think about it. If you are in charge, you can direct your own life and turn it around. There's even a simple plan to follow; just do what the lucky people do.
- are open minded and notice chance opportunities;
- trust their instincts;
- put their efforts (and lots of it) into activities they love;
- expect to have good luck and positive experiences;
- adopt a resilient attitude when they run into some bad luck.
This is a simplified view of a lucky person's outlook and they will have built it up without realising over a lifetime. If you want to turn your luck around, you will need to cultivate these "lucky" habits. That won't be easy, because just as it takes years to build a lucky mindset, it takes years to get into an unlucky frame of mind. Don't expect overnight results, but do expect positive results.
Is the Penguin Lucky, or Taking Advantage of an Opportunity!
Take Risks, Make Mistakes and Move Forward
"Be prepared, work hard, and hope for a little luck. Recognize that the harder you work and the better prepared you are, the more luck you might have." Ed Bradley
Plan Some Good Luck
Now that you know that good luck doesn't fall from the sky, you can start taking action to plan some into your life. Largely, your plan will involve changing your outlook on life, which isn't easy, but which absolutely can be done. You need to make your own plan; you know yourself better than anyone. Here are some tips for changing your luck.
1. Cultivate a Positive Attitude
Remember I said at the beginning that prayers, mantras and charms might work? If these help you believe in good luck, use them. Do whatever it takes to expect good luck.
Here are some ideas for nurturing a positive mind:
- Keep company with positive people.
- Don't waste your time on activities that make you miserable or anxious; do something you enjoy.
- Visualise yourself succeeding.
- Keep a record of your successes and remind yourself daily of what has gone well for you.
2. Be Prepared to Take Some Risks
If you follow your passions and study what genuinely interests you, when opportunities present themselves you will be in a position to seize them. You may be working as an accounts clerk and imagining a future in that field, but if you are spending your spare time studying your passion of cake decorating your eyes will naturally find opportunities in that field. Maybe you will land a job lecturing on cake decorating at your local college, or decide to write a book or start your own business. Prepare yourself to take a risk.
3. Be Flexible ...
Sometimes we go out for the evening with the dream of meeting our ideal mate. We scan the room all evening, but he doesn't appear. We go home disappointed and lonely. The real shame is not that we didn't meet our dream guy, but that we didn't meet anyone at all because we were so focussed on meeting Mr Right. We have passed up the chance to meet some new people, make some good friends and enjoy ourselves.
4. ...and Resilient
As you become more "lucky" you will naturally become more resilient because you will see that not everything will hinge on every decision going your way. However, in the early days of readjusting your view, you will still find it difficult to shrug disappointment off. Keep at it. It will all work out.
5. Work Hard
Once you have found what you love, work hard at it. Play to your strengths, don't waste time and energy fretting about areas of weakness. If you capitalise on your capabilities, you will put yourself in front; it's not luck, it's down to your hard work. The more you put in, the more you can get out.
Luck is not a free floating concept that bestows itself upon people for no apparent reason. It is an outlook on life and as such, you can acquire the skills to acquire it. Start turning your luck around today, load your own dice in your favour and start enjoying some good luck.
How's Your Luck?
Do you consider yourself to be a lucky person?
© 2012 Judith Hancock