When I was a child, I had an uncanny ability to almost always win at games. These were considered games of chance, not skill. Why then were the odds stacked in my favor? I think I was lucky because I believed myself to be lucky.
As a young adult, after going through a difficult life experience, I was determined to pick myself up and make a new start. One day, while I had the radio on, I heard the announcer talking about a contest with a grand prize of a trip to Florida. It was a cold winter, and although I usually ignored radio contests, something within me urged me to call and enter. I called and got through, which meant I had a chance to win the grand prize at the end of the week.
A few days later, I received a phone call while I was at work. Guess who? Yep – the radio announcer was calling to tell me I had won an all-expense paid trip for two to Florida. One week to escape the cold winter was exactly what I needed at that time. Was it random luck – or was it something more?
According to Dr. Richard Wiseman, author of The Luck Factor, lucky people aren’t lucky by sheer accident. They’re lucky because of the mindset they bring to life. The good news is that this lucky mindset can be learned.
Martin Seligman, the founder of positive psychology once wrote, “Optimists endure the same storms in life as pessimists. But they weather them better and emerge from them better off.” In other words, lucky people weather the storms of life by seeing hidden opportunities, trusting themselves, and taking bold action.
Want to know how to change your luck? Follow these 4 simple strategies:
- Relax. Try to reduce the amount of stress in your life, and learn to release tension on a regular basis. Tension keeps you from noticing chance opportunities and experiences. To release tension, spend time meditating, going for a walk or run, getting together with friends, or watching a funny movie.
- Trust your intuition. You are more than a physical body and a logical mind. Tune into your Inner Being and listen to how you’re feeling about something at any given time. As you do this regularly, you may start to notice that your inner guidance system is urging you to take certain actions or refrain from taking certain actions. Some people call it “listening to your gut feeling.” Whatever you call it, it works. Try it today.
- Open your mind to chance opportunities. Chance opportunities are those random encounters that seem to benefit lucky people. When I decided to enter the radio contest, it wasn’t because my logical brain thought it would be a good idea. I took that action because of a feeling I had – an inner feeling that urged me to make the call. The next time you have a good feeling about taking a certain action, even if it doesn’t line up with your logical brain, trust your instinct and go for it.
- Dream big. Keep your future expectations optimistically high. Look for the sunshine in every cloud. Imagine your desired life and revel in how wonderful it feels. Then, take steps toward your desired life. Live every day with passion, and even when things don’t seem to be going your way, find something positive about the experience. Let go of thoughts, feelings and circumstances that bring you down. If something about your life doesn’t feel right to you, it may be a perfect opportunity for you to make a change in the direction of your well-being.
Even if you never thought of yourself as a lucky person before, it’s never too late to start. Now you know how to change your luck. Follow the above 4 strategies and watch how your luck improves.
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P.S. What are your thoughts on the concept of “luck” and how it has factored into your life experience? Share your ideas and stories in the comment section…let’s talk! 🙂
One more thing… I love this feel-good song… “Lucky Me” by Great Big Sea