Do You Feel Lucky?

cloverThe Luck Project conducted by Richard Wiseman, a psychologist at the University of Herfordshire, found “that lucky people generate their own good fortune via four basic principles. They are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities, make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition, create self-fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations, and adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good.” (From The Luck Factor, Skeptical Inquirer, May/June 2003, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp.26-30.)

Inspired by Dr. Weisman’s findings and knowing how easy it is to be overwhelmed at work and feel like luck is working against you, here’s some tips for increasing your luck in March:

1. Be Willing to Change. Ask yourself if you are ready to make even a small change in the way that you do things. It could be the first step in changing your luck.

2. Mix it Up. Being a workaholic or staying glued to the TV all weekend to decompress from being overwhelmed at work doesn’t leave much of an opening for an opportunity to find you. Write three things you can do differently now to create opportunities. It could be as simple as getting out of work to take a walk at lunch time.

3. Meet Someone New. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut doing the same thing, with the same people. Why minimize your chances? One way to expand opportunities is to expand your network. Make a plan to introduce yourself to someone new every week. By the end of the month you’ll know four more people and by the end of the year – 40. Is there a new group, church or volunteer organization you could explore?

4. Take the Shot. At my niece’s basketball practice the coach’s incessant yelling got my attention. I asked my brother who that poor girl named “Allet” was because he seemed to be screaming her name the most. My brother thought a moment, grinned and we both laughed upon realizing he was shouting “outlet.” What a great lesson for those girls to learn — how to look for the outlet. If you do get an invitation to attend an event or go for a promotion view it as an opening and take the shot. The shear act of going for it confirms your willingness to create a change and at the very least you’ll learn something.

5. Keep Creating Lucky Opportunities. With so many obligations calling for our attention at work and at home it’s easy to forget to consciously create new opportunities. Watching the Olympics reminds us it isn’t just luck that makes a winner – you’ve got to take action too.

Who knows, just making a few changes could lead to an opportunity and a stroke of luck that could make your day.

Linda Hardenstein, MPA, PCC helps busy people reclaim and re-energize their business and life by getting out of overwhelm and into greater productivity, profitability and peace of mind.

How have you created lucky opportunities? I’d love to hear your comments.