So recently I’ve been winning lots of lucky draw prizes. I think in the last 6 months I’ve probably won about 7 or 8 lucky draw prizes. Now some of my colleagues are starting to get annoyed or frustrated. People have even said to me “you should go and buy a lotto ticket, you’re incredibly lucky!”. Well, yes, while I do believe in the magic of luck, four-leaf clovers and all of those things, quite often there is a little bit of science behind it. You’ve heard the saying ‘fortune favours the few’ or ‘no one is ever an overnight success. Quite often there is a lot of work, thought and consistency that has gone behind the luck that has been procured for people, and this is how you can create more luck in your life.
People will look at the amount of #1 hits that the Beatles have. But they don’t always look at how many songs they produced. For a period of time, they were producing one song every two weeks. Now not every one of those was a #1 hit, but this is where ‘prolific’ beats ‘perfect’. They were doing so much that it was inevitable that one or two songs would become hits. it’s not just luck that created those number one hits for them.
So I’m going to share with you some tips on how you can create more luck in your life.
Increase your awareness of ‘opportunity’
My great mentor Dr John Hinwood who is the founder of the ‘Expect A Miracle Movement’ has written many books on creating a miracle mindset and attracting miracles in your life. He said the key to creating more miracles in your life is acknowledging the small ones. Pay attention to giving thanks and gratitude for the small miracles that happen in your life. So for me, I like to acknowledge things like the smell of coffee and the ‘miracle’ of coffee in my world. Or maybe there’s a parking space that became available just at the right time when I was running late for a meeting. It’s not huge or life-changing, but those small miracles allow me to have gratitude.
Research has shown the more gratitude you have in your life, the less stress you have. It reduces cortisol by about 30% and makes you more productive. Focus on those moments of miracles for the stress-reducing benefits. Dr John Hinwood says that when you acknowledge the small miracles in your life, you open up the opportunity and pathway to be more receptive to bigger miracles. if you pay attention to the small ones, the bigger ones will come.
Learn From Your Mistakes
If you’re going to create more luck in your life, the key here is to learn from your mistakes – don’t see mistakes as the enemy. In fact, lots of great innovations and inventions have occurred through mistakes. It is only because of these mistakes that we have some incredible things in our lives. One of the most famous mistakes is that of Alexander Flemming – the man who discovered penicillin. He was doing some experiments in his lab and he made a mistake; he contaminated his Petri dish. But in doing that he discovered that the bacteria in his dish were dying. He discovered penicillin by looking at the way the mould reacted in his petri dish. This discovery was only possible because he made the mistake of contaminating his petri dish.
There are numerous inventions and innovations that have occurred only because people were able to investigate and explore abnormalities. Mistakes in data, information and science experiments have led to great, new discoveries.
I want you to think about whenever you first started to ride a bike or roller skate. You probably fell off, but back when you were younger you were more comfortable with making mistakes. You were more determined to persist, keep going and not give up. You were more determined to learn from those mistakes. So mistakes can be a great gift if you allow yourself to make them. Allow yourself to get it wrong or not do a fantastic job all the time. From the process of making mistakes comes the most incredible learning experience.
What happens is that we tend to go “today was a bad day”. And then our brain is hardwired to look for threats. What it does is seek out evidence of the ‘why’. Why was it a bad day? Where is all the evidence to prove that today was a bad day? It instinctively makes a list of reasons as to why your day was bad. Rather than thinking that it was a bad day, say it was a tough one. Take a moment to remember what you learnt from that day. If you realise what mistakes you won’t make again, that in itself is a lesson of great value.
Align your values
By values, I don’t mean honesty, integrity, or authenticity. They are great things to aspire to but they are not an innate part of our personality. What I mean is, what is it that you truly place value on? Sometimes we don’t even want to admit it to ourselves. For me, I love making sense of things. I love creating order out of chaos. It’s a magnet and I’m attracted to it. Rather than fighting it, I pursued it and so many more opportunities presented themselves. When I first started my business, that’s what I focused on- making things simple for people and helping them manage their time and productivity. It just blew me away how many opportunities just fell in my lap because I changed my focus and attention. I stopped fighting it. I stopped hitting a brick wall of things that didn’t fit with me.
There’s a great author, speaker and influencer by the name of Simon Sinek who wrote a book “Start With Why”. He talks about focusing on why we do what we do in our personal life and business. When we are clear on that, things just happen when you adopt a positive attitude and avoid the victim mindset. The more you look at things from a positive point of view, the more memorable you are. You strengthen your networks. People talk about you more and you begin to create connections. You increase your opportunity just by shifting your attitude to a positive one. This is what eventually leads to you being able to create more luck in your life.
Manage Your Stress and Make it Your Friend
Manage your stress and use it to your benefit. Don’t fight it. Instead, work with it so it doesn’t take over your life. Think about a car that needs its wheels aligned. It’s harder for the car to get to the destination with you constantly having to accommodate the misalignment. If your values are not aligned, you have additional stress that you have to manage. Ultimately, this makes the journey a lot more difficult. Think about the consequences of the response you have to a misaligned car. Your shoulders become tired because you have to compensate for the car. You may even get headaches trying to concentrate on what the vehicle is doing.
You end up living with constant stress that you don’t actually need. Stress should work for us when we need it. For example, we need it when we have to push through on projects without a lot of time, public speaking or running away from danger. That’s when we need stress to work for us. But the rest of the time we have to look at ways that we can support ourselves and reduce stress when it’s not necessary.
So get your tyres aligned. It is going to reduce stress in your brain and your body. Living with stress due to mental or physical misalignment can create so much conflict. So look at where you are misaligned and correct it. More opportunities will present themselves because you’re not focused on the other stressors present in your life. You are more open and receptive to things coming your way because you’re mentally and physically available.
I would love to hear from you what it is that you do to create more luck in your life. Going back to the lucky draw prizes, do you want to know the secret? It’s the type of business card I’m using. For whatever reason, it feels really nice. So when people are digging through the bowl to find a business card, mine seems to feel really nice. I think that is the reason that I have more luck in my life. I’d love to hear your stories. Please comment below.
- Pay attention to the small miracles in your life
- Learn from your mistakes
- Learn to manage your stress positively
- Don’t let stress get the better of you
- Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
- Don’t adopt a negative attitude
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