Changing Your Luck

October 6, 2012

There have always been different theories about luck.  Thomas Jefferson said, “I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”  

Most of the successful people I know say they make their own luck yet many of the books that I’ve read talk about being in the right place at the right time.  So, which is it, or is it simply a matter of being in the right place at the right time for those who actively try to make their own luck?

Is it luck or is it knowing when to seize an opportunity?  For those who make their own luck it is probably a combination of the two.  People who want to make their own luck are usually looking for opportunities and they are often risk takers, not overly afraid of failure.
There’s an old saying that you can’t win unless you’re in the game and that probably accounts for the wide margin of luck for those who work hard and play hard.  They tend to take more chances than the average person because they know that the law of averages says that the more chances you take, eventually one or more of them will hit pay dirt.

Con men are good at this because they are always looking for opportunities to separate people from their money.  They take advantage of every possibility, every happenstance, and they make it work to their advantage.

You don’t have to be a swindler to amp up your lucky streak; you just have to be open to trying new things, taking risks, and pursuing your objectives relentlessly.

There is also a large element of faith involved.  First, you have to have the vision, then the desire, and then you have to believe wholeheartedly in your ability to achieve your goal.

One of the biggest drawbacks in the game of getting a lucky break is that if you think you’re unlucky, you probably are.  If you think the luck gods are everywhere but at your door, they probably are and that’s because your thinking makes it so.

People who are superstitious might wear their “lucky” interview outfit for a job interview or wear a certain “lucky” item of clothing for every performance if they’re an entertainer.  They might have a ritual of saying or doing the same things before a sporting event if the first time they said or did those things made them win the game.  But if their superstitions really worked, they would get every job with their “lucky” interview outfit and win every game with their rituals.

Nor is it a matter of finding or carrying a lucky charm or every person who has ever found one or carried one would be healthy, happy, wealthy, and gorgeous.  I doubt if four-leaf clovers really bring good luck or you would see a lot more people who bask in their “luckiness” after they found it.  Ask the rabbit who lost its foot if it feels lucky. If the rabbit isn’t lucky, why would the owner of its foot be any luckier?

Did you ever notice that the more positive a person is, the luckier he is?  Wherever I look, I see the people who are always thinking the worst, are usually the ones who experience the worst.  These are the people who, if they won the lottery, would probably be so caught up in their thoughts of having to pay taxes on their winnings that they wouldn’t be able to fully enjoy their bonanza.

There is also another major factor in becoming lucky and that is the ability to focus.  It’s not just having focus, it’s the ability to keep that focus, no matter what else is going on in your life at the time.

Most people can focus on what they want but not everyone can keep that focus in good times and in bad times.  Some years ago there was a study done on the attention span of the average person, and they discovered that the average person has the attention span of three minutes.  Now, with the Internet, and everything being one click away, they’ve discovered that the average attention span is just a few seconds.

If a person’s attention span is only a few seconds, can you imagine the effort he would have to make to sustain the focus needed to have, as a goal, changing his luck?  Added to the mix, he would also have to make sure that he had a positive attitude and looked for every opportunity to achieve his objectives, and be willing to seize each opportunity, regardless of the risk.

Apparently, the same factors that work in changing your luck are also the same factors in being happy.  Think that you are lucky and you will be.  Think that you are happy and you will find something to be happy about.  Think that you are both lucky and happy and you will have everything a person could want.

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