CHOOSE TO BE LUCKY!
: The things that happen to a person because of chance
: The accidental way things happen without being planned
: Good fortune
: Good luck
: Success in doing or getting something
Lucky People share certain characteristics
Take a moment and think about the people in your lives who you consider to be lucky. It might even be that you consider yourself to be lucky. In that case, think about a few times when you have felt extremely lucky to have achieved a certain outcome or success. Now, think about the common characteristics that those lucky people (including you) share. Without knowing who you are envisioning, I bet that if asked, you would use some of the following words or phrases to describe them: happy, outgoing, hardworking, always prepared, self-confident, undeterred by the negative comments of others, intellectually curious, and willing to take chances, regardless of whether or not they might fail. These people are skilled at seeing chances and opportunity. They listen to their intuition, accept imperfection and they believe that they will be successful. In other words, lucky people create their own luck.
Over my lifetime, I’ve experienced many “coincidences” that some might call luck, but on closer review, there’s been some action, thought or perception that worked in favor of the so called “lucky” event. One such event that occurred over 30 years ago sticks with me today. It illustrates that lucky people tend to be more outgoing. I had gone to the mall one day years ago when my son was a baby. I was looking at baby clothes, etc. and I put my purse down on the floor to examine the merchandise. I was so engrossed in my shopping experience and watching the baby that I forgot to pick up my purse from the floor in the aisle. About fifteen minutes later, my neighbor walked up to me with my purse on her shoulder and asked if I was looking for something! She had found my purse on the floor and she recognized it! Now, it might seem “lucky” that my neighbor was in the store at the exact time that I was there. This neighbor lived a few buildings over from me. Like most people from New Orleans, I’ve never met a stranger, and I knew quite a few people in the complex, even those who didn’t live next door. Had I been less outgoing, I probably wouldn’t have known this particular neighbor, she wouldn’t have known it was my purse and she might have left it in the aisle for someone to take. So, while it was good luck that she happened to be in the store at the same time, my being outgoing also played a role in the outcome of what could have been bad luck. I am not saying that you have to be an extrovert to be successful because that’s obviously not true. What I am saying is that luck is a numbers game. The more people you know, the more likely it is that one of them will recommend you for an opportunity or share information with you that leads to an opportunity. There are introverts who know a lot of people and benefit from the number of connections and relationships they’ve established, so it’s possible to win at this regardless of what your personality assessment says.
It’s important to remember that being lucky doesn’t mean that a person never experiences failure or heartache. Lucky people “lose” sometimes, but they see losing and failure differently from others. Failure is recognized as an opportunity, which makes it easier for lucky people to move on to their next success. They don’t wallow in their failures. In the case of the founders of Home Depot, some might have considered their being fired from a California hardware store to be bad luck. We all know that just the opposite occurred. Being fired allowed them to see the opportunity to start their own business, take action, work hard, endure “failures” and eventually, establish Home Depot, the most successful home improvement chain in history.
Lucky people don’t make excuses. They take action and work hard to achieve their goals. If the path to get to the goal is not as they originally planned, they recognize the opportunity in the different path and adjust quickly, with their goal in mind. The goal is more important than the plan. They still get where they’re going, but the route may be different.
“I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”
In his book, The Luck Factor, Richard Wiseman sets forth four principles that lucky people use to create good fortune:
- Maximize Chance Opportunities – the way to maximize opportunities is to have diverse experiences and exposure to people, places and things. Don’t shy away from situations that cause you discomfort. Things are uncomfortable when they are different, which creates a prime opportunity to learn something new and broaden your knowledge base.
- Listen to your intuition – the exposure that you gain to diverse people, places and things will enlighten you about many different subjects. This will make you more comfortable taking chances and risks when you don’t have all of the relevant information. Your intuition will lead you to take “calculated risks,” which are more likely to generate positive results.
- Expect good fortune – We tend to see what we expect to see. If we focus on a small problem, that’s all we will see and we will miss the larger opportunity that’s presented. In other words, make your good luck a self-fulfilling prophesy!
- Turn bad luck into good luck – If you take the actions described in 1-3 above, you’ll be more able to see the good thing that’s wrapped in the “bad” clothing and you’ll see how to “make lemonade from lemons!”
How do you rate yourself on the luck scale, 1 being, “My middle name is luck!” and 10 being, “I’m the unluckiest person I know!”?
Think about a time when you’ve been lucky. Please use the comment link below to share what factors contributed to your luck.