The Luck Factor

The Luck Factor

Spring is just weeks away, maybe you are lucky to travel south for Spring Break, or luck will have your “underdog” college basketball team upsetting Wichita State’s perfect season in the final four of March Madness, but right now you really could benefit from some good luck.

All of this has me thinking about the nature of luck and the amount of luck we encounter in our lives.

Luck has the power to transform the improbable into the possible, to make the difference between life and death, reward and ruin, happiness and despair. 

A 10-year scientific study on the luck factor revealed that to a large extent, people make their own good and bad fortune.  The results also showed that it is possible to enhance the amount of luck that you encounter in your life.

4 Principles to Generate Your Good Luck

1.  Create & Notice Chance Opportunities:  It is easy for you to exhaust the opportunities in your life. Keep on talking to the same people in the same way. Taking the same route to and from work. Or even going to the same places on vacation. But new or even random experiences introduce the potential for new opportunities.

2.  Make Lucky Decisions by Listening to Your Intuition:  Lean in to your sixth sense as a guide for giving you clues or feelings about a situation.  Sometimes the feeling you get in your gut is the most beneficial to your long-term success.

3.  Create & Expect Positive Outcomes:  A simple shift in your words can create big impact.  Instead of saying, “I hope things will all work out” – reframe to say, “I expect things will all work out.”

4.  Maintain a Resilient Attitude that Transforms Bad Luck into Good:   Imagine spontaneously how the bad luck you encounter could have been worse and, in doing so, you will feel much better about yourself and your life. This, in turn, helps keep your expectations about the future high, and, increases the likelihood of you continuing to live a lucky life.

The meeting of preparation with opportunity generates the offspring we call luck. – Tony Robbins


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