Would you describe yourself as a lucky person? Have you experienced success in your work or in your personal life? Do you often have “hunches” that turn out to be correct? Do you tend to be in the right place at the right time? If so, that’s awesome! If not – well, maybe there’s something you can do about that.
According to author Richard Wiseman, you can transform yourself into a lucky person. You just have to adopt the habits that lucky people employ. Here’s what you need to do:
- Take advantage of unexpected opportunities – Lucky people tend to create opportunities for themselves. They also notice when unexpected opportunities arise and take advantage of them. They do this by interacting with new people, trying new things, being curious, and having a relaxed attitude about life.
- Prepare to make good decisions and then go with your gut – Lucky people tend to make good decisions by listening to what their intuition tells them. But they also spend time thinking about the decisions that they need to make, and considering what they might do in different types of hypothetical situations. So they’re actually well prepared to make good decisions when the need arises.
- Be positive – Lucky people expect to be fortunate and successful. So they work hard to get what they want, and they persevere (even when things get challenging or difficult).
- Turn bad luck into good luck – When lucky people think about past events, they tend to focus on the positive. They also minimize the negative, saying “it wasn’t that bad” or “it could have been worse.” So even if they experience bad fortune, they still feel positive and lucky.
So there you have it. There’s no need to be envious of lucky people! You can create your own luck by trying new things, trusting your intuition, being optimistic, persevering, and focusing on the positive.
Wiseman, R. (2004). The luck factor: The four essential principles. New York, NY: Hyperion.