How to Attract Good Luck – Part One

Have you ever noticed that successful people seem luckier than others? Professor Richard Wiseman, a psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire, conducted a study on luck and found among other things that “lucky people consistently encounter [chance] opportunities whereas unlucky people do not.” He asked subjects to look through a newspaper and report how many photos were inside.  A half page ad on page two said, “Stop counting. There are 43 photographs in this newspaper.”  The unlucky people missed it.  

There are some strategies I use with my clients to help them identify lucky opportunities they may not have discovered on their own.  Here are some tips to help you too! 
Believe. Tennessee Williams saidluck is believing you’re lucky.”  If you believe “thoughts are things” you know your attitude can have a direct correlation with the outcomes in your life. Believing you’re lucky sets the stage for attracting more luck.   

Be Aware.  According to Dr. Wiseman’s study, personality tests show unlucky people are more tense and anxious than lucky people. They miss chance opportunities because they’re too busy looking for something else. Have you ever searched for a job, a mate, or clients and had someone offer to connect you with someone who doesn’t really fit what you’re looking for? The tendency is to say no, or not to follow up because you can’t see a direct link to your ideal job, mate, or target market. But is your “ideal” limiting you?

Be Open.  Looking beyond the path you’ve defined for yourself can lead to new ideas and avenues never considered. Dr. Wiseman’s study found lucky people are relaxed and open and therefore see what is there rather than just what they are looking for. I often lead my business and career transition clients through exercises that help them identify their vision but expand the “how” of making it happen so they can see new opportunities and possibilities that didn’t previously exist for them. Is there something you need to be open to that you never considered before?

We’re almost at the end of the first quarter of this year. It’s the perfect time to review those lucky opportunities you’ve taken advantage of and to consider those you may have missed. I’ll be writing additional blog articles on luck throughout this month. Watch for Part Two next Tuesday.

In the meantime, what’s your lucky charm and what does it do for you?