Have you ever found yourself in a situation when you say “Why Not?”. And has that moment of chance, when you’ve made a decision to take one direction over another led you to unexpected fortune? What we commonly refer to as “luck”.
In an article published by the Sceptical Inquirer, Richard Wiseman, a Stanford Psychologist, explained that a ten-years study in to the nature of luck revealed that “to a large extent, people make their own good or bad fortune”. This idea is not new. David J Schwartz wrote an incredibly popular book “The Magic of Thinking Big”. Ironically, the book is debunking the “magic” myth and gives a practical explanation as to why a change in thought process, creates opportunity.
1. Positive Expectations
When we embrace the “feeling” of being lucky, serendipity is likely to occur more often. We set expectations, goals or big pictures that then become self-fulfilling prophecies. Just the act of belief makes you more motivated and more confident.
Lucky people seem to have bigger networks. Perhaps their positive mindset, their vision of hope or purpose, attracts people to them. Similarly, they attract like-minded people. Similar people, open to opportunity, thereby creating a greater chance of opportunity. The key is to take yourself away from the everyday rut. To have different things happen you need to start doing different things. Throw a little chaos into your life and more unique opportunities will present themselves.
3. Silver Linings
The greatest discoveries have often occurred from mistakes. Those that look for abnormalities, mistakes, variations in data recognise and opportunity to solve problems. These people become entrepreneurs or inventors. Simply viewing challenging situations and an opportunity to learn rather than “bad luck”, will encourage your brain to process and respond differently, more positively. By being confident to take a calculated risk, we open up our possibility for more chances and more luck.
4. Act Intuitively
When we operate from a place of honesty and authenticity, things fall into place. When we are attuned to our own values or beliefs we can operate more on what “feels” right which takes us in a direction which is more in line with our passions, talents, beliefs and values. Simon Sinek talks about the “Why”. When we are heart centred or following our gut, we are working from a place that is instinct and truthful to who we are. This is, in fact, tapping into our limbic brain, that keeps us alive and operating on instinct rather than our Neocortex which tries to rationalise everything.
When we become stressed, we are often focused on bad situations, bad luck. Our body can display physical signs of stress such as body tensions and high blood pressure but research has shown that if we shift our perception of stress, our body follows suit. When misfortune, conflict or bad luck are creating stress in our lives, it means that we are out of alignment. Think about a car that needs its wheels aligned. It’s harder for the car to get to its destination without you constantly having to accommodate the misalignment. The consequence is a physical response. The tyres become worn down in one area and your shoulders make become tight. You may have headaches from trying to concentrate on what the vehicle is doing. Living with stress due to misalignments in your life can also create physical, emotional and mental stress responses.
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About the Author:
Barbara Clifford (The Time Tamer) is a time management & stress management enthusiast based in Alice Springs, Australia. She has spent over 20 years working in time precious and stressful industries such as film, hospitality and marketing. She has always had a burning passion for creating order and making sense of things. She is sought after like a beacon in a sea of chaos to provide professional development in the business environment through workshop training, coaching, mentoring, online training programmes, webinars and as a guest speaker around Australia. Her professional experience has included contracts with small business, Not For Profits, Aboriginal Organisations, Media, Marketing, Aged Care, Universities, Health Services and Cruise Ships. Follow Barbara on Twitter @barbclifford.