This professor, Dr. Richard Weisman, spent about ten years researching people who self-identified as especially lucky and unlucky and figured out the magic sauce: Four Principles that lead to luck. Better yet – unlucky people who used the principles became lucky, and lucky people who used the formula became even luckier!
Here they are!
Principle One: Maximise Chance Opportunities
Lucky people are skilled at creating, noticing and acting upon chance opportunities. They do this in various ways, including networking, adopting a relaxed attitude to life and by being open to new experiences.
Principle Two: Listening to Lucky Hunches
Lucky people make effective decisions by listening to their intuition and gut feelings. In addition, they take steps to actively boost their intuitive abilities by, for example, meditating and clearing their mind of other thoughts.
Principle Three: Expect Good Fortune
Lucky people are certain that the future is going to be full of good fortune. These expectations become self-fulfilling prophecies by helping lucky people persist in the face of failure, and shape their interactions with others in a positive way.
Principle Four: Turn Bad Luck to Good
Lucky people employ various psychological techniques to cope with, and often even thrive upon, the ill fortune that comes their way. For example, they spontaneously imagine how things could have been worse, do not dwell on ill fortune, and take control of the situation.
So – I have been trying to incorporate these into my life, slowly…
Tactic 1: Incorporating Variety
If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.
But if you do something new, or something you’ve always done differently, sometimes you get a different result. Sometimes that result can be very, very nice.
The Jury is still out but I have been doing all kinds of new stuff this month outside of my comfort zone. I went camping. I won a poker tournament. I took myself out on a date. I started a mastermind group. I reached out to people I barely know. I got tickets to a musical. I signed up for a softball league. I don’t know if I’ve necessarily became luckier (well, I did win at poker) but I am having fun. 🙂
Tactic 2: Live in the Present, and Look Around
I went to a public festival and found this little alleyway. It didn’t look like much, and I almost walked past it. But it caught my eye, and I embraced it with gusto… obviously LOL. I’m glad I did because behind it was my favorite festival location in the entire festival! And I almost missed it.
Tactic 3: Tell Yourself “It Could Have Been Worse.”
When something doesn’t quite go my way, I try to remember to tell myself “It Could Have Been Worse.” My brain rushes to fill in the gap with imagining all of the ways it could have been worse (because it likes to panic and tell me all of the things that could go wrong, and there are always many). The good thing about this is that none of that actually happened, and it allows me to feel grateful for the current state of affairs. And that is a nice feeling indeed. 🙂
Wishing you Good Luck 😉