Do you believe in luck?
Did you go buy yourself a U.S. Powerball ticket when the jackpot stood at 1.5 billion dollars?
Did you do a special dance or place the tickets next to your ‘lucky’ rabbit’s foot?
Did you win anything?
I don’t believe in luck in the esoteric sense, where through some random, practiced ritual or psychic divination, you can ensure yourself great fortune or an easier life.
Creating luck in everyday life is not about carrying a rabbit’s foot, avoiding black cats, wearing lucky pants, side-stepping ladders, or handling mirrors with extra care.
Real luck is about taking control of your life and being receptive to opportunities that come your way. It’s about recognizing that there’s far more in life that is working in your favor than against you. By being receptive to things that are for you and allowing them to enter your life, you’ll be able to achieve more of your aspirations and dreams.
Luck in a nutshell, is the function of intent and there is one main difference between people who are lucky and unlucky—and that’s their mindset.
Rob White in an article posted on Huffingtonpost.com entitled How to Make Your Own Luck, gives the following five tips for making your life a lucky one
1. Be unreasonable in your thinking. What, be unreasonable? Yes. Toss away your old “book of reasons” about why life isn’t working out as you hoped. This means seeing yourself differently, rather than looking at life in your usual way. Orville and Wilbur Wright were unreasonable when they decided to invent a heavier-than-air flying machine. Everyone laughed at their attempts to fly, but you have your frequent-flyer miles today because of these two lucky brothers. History is filled with great ideas that we initially scoffed at because they were unreasonable. Don’t buy into that thinking!
2. Look for the opportunity in adversity. You make your own luck when you look at adversity as a source of opportunity. In this world of polarity — of complementary opposites — life cannot hand you a negative moment without a positive lesson hidden deep inside. This isn’t to say that you should be in denial when negative moments happen. Denial isn’t bliss! But when you can look beyond the negative and see the positive, that’s the beginning of a lucky moment.
3. Turn whining into winning. (My personal favorite) When you catch yourself whining, it’s time to make a U-turn. Whining about an aspect of your life moves you to the world of “WOE” (“What on Earth”), where you see the world as largely working against you. The opposite of WOE is “WOW” (“Wonderfully Obsessed with Winning”), a world in which whining is out of the range of human hearing. When you’re Wonderfully Obsessed with Winning, luck happens because you’re motivated to take the necessary steps to succeed. Think about the old maxim, “A winner never quits, and a quitter never wins.” How about this paraphrased version: “A winner never whines and a whiner never wins!”
4. Become a luck magnet. When you think and act in optimistic and receptive ways, you attract lady luck into your life. You’re looking at your future with an attitude of WOW, which alerts you to the many opportunities that are always right there in front of you. If you think of yourself as a winner, you become a winner. Again, it’s not about waving a magic wand and becoming the CEO of a global enterprise or the virtuoso you’ve always wanted to be. Both entail hard work and talent. But they also entail adopting the mindset of a winner. People who succeed think of themselves as winners long before they achieve their goals. That mindset is a critical element of luck!
5. Pay attention to your intuition. When you have a hunch, pause and listen to your inner voice. Intuition is keyed into aspects of the world that are off-limits to your rational mind. Often, intuition tells the rational mind where to look next for answers. You have to leave the security of your comfort zone and feel safe in the wilderness of your intuitive self. The odds are that it will guide you to a lucky circumstance.
“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.” ~ Victor Cherbuliez ~