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How To Make Your Own Good Luck

Updated on May 8, 2012

Are you really the most un-luckiest person on the planet or just looking at the glass like its half empty? Some people argue that luck doesn’t actually exist, whilst others believe in it so much, that they fill their lives up with lucky charms in hope that it will bring them great fortune either with money or life.

Some people believe luck is something those lucky few are born with and others know it’s possible to create your own luck.

Can you really create your own luck?

As long as you understand that luck isn’t just going to be handed to you on a plate then yes, you can create your own luck. But you have to earn it; you have to work at it a little bit. Nobody is ever going to give you a gift wrapped box of luck, but rather offer you the opportunity for you to make that luck instead.

Once you have created luck in your every day life, you will probably start to see luck in your financial situation improve also. I’ve heard many people say “I never win anything” only to find out that they’ve never actually entered any competitions. Of course they don’t have any luck, no one is there playing the lottery or entering competitions for them.

Thousands of people say they are unlucky in their career and complain about their jobs on a daily basis, but when asked what they are doing to change it, many often say “I’m not doing anything”. But they could be trying to impress the boss in hope for a promotion, looking for another job or trying to get better qualifications to get a better, higher paid job.

What do you have to do?


You have to let your brain become like a sponge, start soaking up the things around you.  Take a mental note of the things you see, the things you hear and the things you read in the newspaper or magazines.  When you start to open up your mind, you will start to notice opportunities that you may have once missed.

When you spot an opportunities, don’t sit around dwelling on it for too long, otherwise you’ll let it slip by, sometimes you really have to get in there and seize the moment, take the bull by the horns and take a risk. 

Put your self out there, talk to more people.  The more people you talk to, the more likely someone will offer you a lucky break.  If you hide away from the world then no one is going to be able to point you in the right direction.

Shake things up a little bit.  Do something different to what you would usually do; you never know what might happen or who you will meet.  Not much ever happens on your way to work?  Take a different route to work, take a stroll out in the evening or try take up a new sport.  Remember you have to look for the opportunities. 

Try not to be afraid of change; it can be a good thing.  Avoid always focusing your life on just one dream or goal because you might be letting too much else slip past you.


Think about your perspective on things

Be open to thinking from different points of views. How about believing the glass is half full instead of seeing it as half empty? Positive thinking plays a huge part in how lucky you can be, because positive thinkers will find a solution in a bad situation and create luck for themselves. Someone with a negative point of view will crumble at the feet and wish the ground was swallowing them up.

How many times do you hear someone say “I’m so unlucky”? Think about it, have you ever told that person how lucky they are or thought about it in your mind at least? And do you know someone else that has even less luck than that person, who would look at them like they were the king or queen of luck?

A lot of the time we waste so much time looking for that one massive lucky break to come along, that we miss all the smaller opportunities along the way. Luck does not usually come to us all in one go; it comes in small bits that eventually all fits together like a puzzle.

A very dear friend of mine was unfortunate to return home one day to find there had been a huge fire, and nothing in the house was salvageable (she’d lost everything material she’d ever owned). But no one told her she was unlucky. Instead all her friends and family told her how lucky she was that her and her child were out at the time and was still safe. She could have moped around feeling sorry for herself and feeling unlucky, but instead she switched on her positive thinking and decided to use it as her opportunity to have the fresh start that she wanted. She started all over again, moved into a new home, into a nicer area which she feels extremely lucky for, and all her friends feel lucky to still have her.

Don’t take things for granted


We very often take for granted the things we have.  Sometimes we’ve had them for so long that we don’t notice they are there anymore.  There have been numerous occasions in my life that I have felt unlucky, but then remembered how lucky I am to have a home, how lucky I am to have my family and friends and even how lucky I am to have 100% working hands and fingers that are enabling me to type this right now.  

Try to appreciate the smaller things in life and you will soon see how lucky you have already been.  If you are reading this, take a moment to think about just how lucky you are to have your eye site, how lucky you are to have the ability to read.  Not everyone has got that privilege.


Try not to take everything too personally


When something goes wrong, maybe with the printer at work or the car breaks down, it’s not a personal dig at you.  No one is there saying “lets give them all the bad luck today”.  Those kinds of things happen sometimes, to all of us, but its how you deal with it and your perspective on it that makes us determined if we feel lucky or unlucky. 

Try believing that everything happens for a reason.  Find the good luck from the bad, turn negative into positive.  Every cloud has a silver lining, it might be unlucky that your car broke down this morning, but if you met a lovely person who becomes a good friend or a useful contact, on the train to work instead, then that’s lucky.  When you can look on the bright side of a bad situation, it helps to eliminate what usually feels like bad luck.


Take responsibility for the things you do

Take action over your life. Don’t blame everyone else for your mistakes, learn from them and find what lucky things have ever come out of your mistakes, you’ll be surprised how important those unlucky moments have been in your life.

Don’t panic when other people get things wrong, have faith in your self enough to pick up the pieces and put it right. See if you can be the one that helps them to put things right. They might see that as lucky you were around, and in return may one day offer you the lucky break you’ve been hoping for.

Feel happy about the luck you’ve already had. When we feel happy, we will generally feel like we are luckier people. Be persistent in believing in your self and creating your own luck. You can do it.


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  • Victoria Stephens profile image

    Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

    Hi cherrycrime26,

    It's very true that when you are in a mental slump you look at things differently and imagine that nothing is ever going to go right. Thankfully luck is just around the corner when we pick ourselves up again.


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    January Moon 6 years ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

    Wow this article really hit the spot, made me realize just how lucky I really am, Luck is really all about risks and stepping out doing things differently, Not taking small things personal, is great advise as well. I've hit big twice at 2 casino's some years ago, lately nothing, so that kind made me reevaluate where my mind set is now, then it was years ago, and I must say, just changing your mind set can make all the difference as well, I did fall into a mental slump, but ive recently pulled myself out and my luck is right back to where it was years ago, great article, voted up and useful :-)

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    Victoria Stephens 7 years ago from London

    Hi Amanda,

    The world defiantly looks a better place from a positive point of view.

    Thanks and best

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    Amanda Severn 7 years ago from UK

    Hi Victoria, positive thinking will certainly get you a lot further in life that choosing constant negativity, so there's plenty of good advice here.

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    Victoria Stephens 7 years ago from London

    It certainly can TroyM. Thank you for stopping by to read and comment.

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    TroyM 7 years ago

    TIming sure can mean a lot, that's for sure. Good points here!

  • Victoria Stephens profile image

    Victoria Stephens 7 years ago from London

    Thanks Gordon for your comment.

    I think as long as you can open yourself up to more opportunities, then luck should follow you. Life is what we make it as they say.

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    Gordon Hamilton 7 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

    Lots of great advice, Victoria, and definite food for thought. I definitely believe in the power of positive thinking and in the practise of counting our blessings.

    Luck is something that I suppose I consider as a variable in life. There have been many times when I have actually said, "If I didn't have bad luck, I'd have no luck!" In recent times, I think I have adopted the attitude of getting on with life in a practical sense and allowing luck - good or bad - to take care of itself.


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