“Shallow people believe in luck, strong people believe in cause and effect”
Ralf W. Emerson
Mistakenly people tend to perceive luck as an independent life factor, and only selected get the chance to benefit from fortunate opportunities. However, those, who think that luck is a blessing, are wrapped up in an illusion of feeble excuses of life failures or justifications of the reluctance to take action. The truth is, anybody can become lucky. Right place, right time, right people are the elements of chance opportunities or luck, which can be controlled by people themselves. I completely agree with Brian Tracy, who said, “I have found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often.”
If you think that someone has a good fortune, it is not the result of being born under the lucky star. It means: these people have created and developed the right ways of thinking that make them attract success, satisfaction and happiness. The question is – how to become lucky? We learn to be lucky by developing the capacity of life perception, which attracts favorable circumstances. There is a set of principles we need to apply in our life to be lucky that I am going to talk about later. The first thing we need to comprehend is that luck stems from mental attitude, which shapes the reality. If you really want the world to be on your side it will be anywhere you go.
Dr. Richard Wiseman conducted scientific research with a group of 400 exceptionally lucky and unlucky people from all walks of life. Wiseman has revealed the differences between the lives of lucky and unlucky people. Here are the results. Lucky people consistently encounter chance opportunities and meet people who have beneficial effect on their lives. In contrast, unlucky people rarely have these kinds of experiences due to their negative thinking. Lucky people make good decisions without knowing why. Unlucky people’s decisions usually result in failure and despair. Lucky people’s dreams become true easily. Unlucky people have the opposite effect. Lucky people can turn bad luck into fortunate opportunity. Unlucky people lack this ability and see only despair and ruin in bad luck.
The core difference between lucky and unlucky people is determined by positive or negative thinking. In other words luck goes hand in hand with optimism and positive thinking. Lucky people adopt the special mindset that works by default and enhances good fortune on a daily basis. Lucky people tend to notice various opportunities along the road. They are open to meet or create favorable circumstances all the time and they strike while the iron is hot. The funny part is that it comes in the most natural and effortless way that makes other people be jealous of. If we think about, life and nature are in abundance of unlimited resources. And we don’t need to do anything except, be open to meet them.
- Build the network. The first and most important principle would be open up to life and people. It is proven that those who are extraverts and always surrounded by many people tend to be happier and luckier. By being sociable and constantly making friends with others increases the chances of meeting the right people. Become sociable magnet to attract others and eventually you will find what you are looking for.
- Become aware of the opportunities you have every day. Stanford psychologist Alfred Bandura once said: “Some of the most important determinants of life paths often arise through the most trivial of circumstances.” Learn to pay attention to details. It will help you to concentrate and spot the message different life scenes are sending you. Normally, lucky people don’t look for opportunities, because they realize that opportunities are at their disposal all the time. Accept what is rather than wonder what might be. Stay in the present, because life-changing events occur only in the present.
- Break the routine. Always remember that you are the master of your universe. You are the director of your life scenario, so make it different, interesting and captivating opposed to tedious, repetitive and boring. Choose different approach to dealing with everyday situations. Use your imagination to do something unusual and become extraordinary. Luck sticks with original and unique ways as they new and promising.
- Be curious. Become a person with inquisitive nature by asking different questions and trying different ways. In such a way you will become more knowledgeable and more experienced. Errors are inevitable along the learning process. However the more attempts you make the more successful you become whatever you are involved with.
- Have only good expectations. We all know the transformative power of thoughts. Watch you thoughts because they become your reality. Expect only good. Cultivate positive emotions. Convince yourself that the future is going to be fantastic. Remember, the human thought if properly focused has the ability to affect and change physical mass.
- Be flexible. This quality will help you to choose different resourceful angle of perception, no matter how bad the situation may seem. Become more easy-going and laid back and it will help you transform bad luck into a good fortune. Resilient attitude deals better with unexpected turn of events.
- Find the treasure in the trash. Lucky people are convinced that any ill fortune in their lives will in the long run work out for best. When lucky people look back on their lives, they often focus their attention on the benefits that flowed from their ill fortune. Any dark situation has empowering sides. Look deeper and you will see great benefits in difficulties.
- Trust your intuition. Learn to listen to your inner voice. The intuitive awareness might reveal you something important your linear mind is not capable to let through. Lucky people make successful decisions by using their intuition and gut feelings. You can boost your intuition by practicing meditation.
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© Anna Trishch 2014