Do you want to be luckier?
You can literally change your luck and experience a better life. Scientists have found that luck is largely a result of behavior.
You can put away all the old superstitions about four-leaf clovers and other lucky charms. These do nothing to help you.
What you need to do is embrace the behaviors that open the door to good luck. If you do the things lucky people do, then you can start counting yourself as one of the lucky ones.
The Role Luck Plays in Our Lives
If you’ve ever read about the lives of highly successful people, they almost always attribute some of their good fortune to luck. They feel a certain amount of serendipity helped them along their way.
Take for example, Sir Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin. Back in the early 1900s, Fleming was researching how to develop better antibiotics. He had been looking at bacteria in flat petri dishes under a microscope to gain a better understanding of them. He inadvertently left the lid off one dish and some mold fell into the dish.
By chance, the mold contained a substance that killed the bacteria in the dish. When he noticed this, he worked hard to identify exactly what it was in the mold that did the job. What he discovered was penicillin and it all happened because some mold luckily fell into the right petri dish.
Does good fortune like this happen to you? Are you usually lucky or unlucky?
According to Dr. Richard Wiseman in The Luck Factor: The Four Essential Principles, it is possible to improve your luck and therefore live a better life. He believes there are some simple things all of us can do to significantly increase the amount of luck we experience.
Four Simple Things You Can Do to Change Your Luck
I don’t believe in hocus pocus and neither does Dr. Wiseman. He has found that lucky people exhibit certain attitudes and behaviors that lead to their good fortune. If we do the right things, then we can increase the amount of luck in our lives.
Here are four things that you can do to change your luck for the better:
1. Build and Maintain a “Network of Luck”
Dr. Wiseman maintains that the more people you meet, the greater your chance of encountering a positive opportunity. It only stands to reason that you have to get out there and talk to people if you want to run into new and exciting breaks. The more you do this, the greater the probability that you will meet someone that can help you along your path to success.
Lucky people are more likely to strike up a conversation with a total stranger in a coffee shop or at the train station. This behavior of connecting with a wide-range of people often puts them in the right place at the right time. If you want to experience more luck, then get out there and socialize with new people. These are the folks that are going to help you find your undiscovered “chance” opportunities.
2. Listen to Your Inner Voice
Most lucky people follow their intuition which more often than not guides them to exciting, fortuitous happenings. On the other hand, unlucky people tend to ignore their gut feelings which generally leads to disaster. It is better to trust your inner voice. Most people have a very strong ability to accurately judge people and situations. Lucky people are more in tune with this guiding light and benefit from its promptings.
To improve your ability to hear your inner voice, you should take time to think in quiet solitude. Keep a notebook with you and write down the thoughts that occur to you about important situations in your life. Reflect on these thoughts and follow their guidance. You will find that this will help you to take advantage of opportunities that arise and avoid situations that can turn against you.
3. Expect Good Things to Happen
Good things happen to those who expect it. Lucky people are more optimistic about the future and their chances of succeeding. In other words, just believing you are lucky will improve your luck. You need to reaffirm in your mind that you are lucky. One way to do this is to think back on your life and recall times when good fortune came your way. Record these positive events and reflect on them regularly. It will help you to be more confident and positive which naturally attracts good things to you.
You can also spend time daydreaming about lucky breaks you desire. You want to condition your mind to believe that luck is on your side. This will give you the confidence needed to act upon favorable circumstances when they arise. This is a hallmark behavior of lucky people.
4. Transform Bad Luck Into Good
Lucky people do not get discouraged when a little bad luck comes their way. They tend to believe that, in the long run, things will turn out in their favor. This ability to shrug off negative circumstances leaves lucky people open for their next big break. Unlucky people tend to dwell on their bad luck believing this is just more evidence of how things never work out for them.
In order to improve your luck, it is important that you learn to look on the bright side of the events in your life. One way lucky people do this is by practicing gratitude. They look at how fortunate they’ve been in their life and convince themselves they are lucky things aren’t worse. They have a way of finding the silver lining in every circumstance. You may have a little bad luck going on, but there are always people worse off than you. Believing and thinking this way makes you one of the lucky ones.
Change Your Attitude to Change Your Luck
As you can see, a lot of changing your luck is about changing your attitude. How you view and process the events of your life has a lot to do with how lucky you are. You need a positive, optimistic attitude that invites good fortune your way. This will ensure you experience a better life. A sourpuss is rarely going to attract the people and circumstances into their lives that lead to lucky breaks. With just a little adjustment in how you view your life, you can make a big improvement in your luck.
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