Lucky people…


By Thamar Jones
Are you one of those fortunate people who just seem to have all the luck in life? Successful in love, career, finances, leading a happy and meaningful life?
Is luck responsible for success? Thomas Jefferson once said, “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” Webster’s dictionary defines luck as, “the events or circumstances that operate for or against an individual.” If we analyze Jefferson’s statement, one gets “lucky” when they work to position themselves in strategic ways. Luck then is less a matter of chance and more a matter of being open to new experiences, perseverance, hard work, and positive thinking.
People tend to deal with the difficult-to-quantify inequalities of life by giving it a name— “luck”— and then disclaiming any responsibility for how much of it they are apportioned.
Richard Wiseman, a professor at Britain’s University of Hertfordshire, has conducted some experiments, which indicate to him that we have a lot more influence on our own good fortune than we realize.
Wiseman is quoted as saying, “The ones who achieve their goals are the ones who – when they hit obstacles – don’t just give up and pack it in, they try again! They find another route. They are versatile, they are flexible, and they have got new ways of finding solutions. Luck is accepting responsibility for who you are and being the person who drives the bus, not the person who is being driven.”
The study shows that lucky people tend to be far more open to new experiences. Those who are “unlucky” are creatures of habit, never varying from one day to the next. This tells us that if you want to be lucky, you must add variety to your life. Meet new people, go to new places, and increase the possibility of those chance opportunities the “lucky” people always seem to run into.
Luck isn’t just about trying new things. Luck is also about hard work, even when it is hard. Here, I will share four of Wiseman’s principles to help you increase your chance of good fortune:
Principle One: Maximize 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 realize that things could have been worse, and take control of the situation.
Unsurprisingly, optimism plays a key role in luckiness. Being open to new experiences and persevering are important in creating luck, but so is your thought process. Even though a particular business deal or job opportunity didn’t work out or you missed the bus, looking at the bright side of things may very well encourage more luck to come your way.
Advocates of the idea that luck is a matter of chance will tell you that some people are just lucky. Some will even tell you that luck happens in phases, and that a bit of luck is sure to come your way eventually. The simple truth of the matter, though, is that luck is not a matter of chance. You make your own luck in this life, and the great thing about it is that anyone can do it.
Lucky you!