I recently spoke at an Alberta Tourism event in Red Deer Alberta, and before I got up for my presentation I had the pleasure of listening to Ross McBride. He spoke about Leadership and ended his presentation on some tips on how to be and find more luck in your life. He referred to some research done by a professor of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire in England. Richard Wiseman declares he can help you find more luck in your life. He claims that there are folks who definitely are more lucky and successful and that they, like their lucky friends and coworkers actually consistently practice “lucky behaviours”.
Although at first glance Wiseman’s four principles seem like some polished renditions of age old “power of positive thinking” philosophies. For example lucky people tend to turn all bad luck into good. The lucky he says, also ‘expect good fortune,’ which makes sense.
What Wiseman found is that lucky people are particularly open to possibility. Why is it that some people always find fortune? It’s not just dumb luck, unlike the masses; lucky people are just more open to what is around them. And not only are they open to it, they are hardwired to notice the opportunities too. More awake in the moments of their lives.
Now there is distinct difference between chance and luck, for example if you win the lottery, that is a chance event, yes you did go out and purchase a ticket but other than that, you have no control over the event. He claims when people consistently experience good fortune, then by his definition, it is because of something they are doing. In other words, they make their own luck.
Here are some ways that lucky people think differently and practice lucky behaviours than those from unlucky people:
1. One way is to be open to new experiences. Unlucky people are stuck in routines. Lucky people always want to try something new. “Have you seen the movie Yes Man?” with Jim Carey. When Carey’s character starts to say to every opportunity that comes his way, his life really starts to pick up. (Very funny movie by the way)
a. Strike up conversations with people who you encounter – Break the ice
b. After you meet someone interesting, follow up with them but keep it light and stay relaxed.
c. Smile more. People will want to meet you and will think you are a nice person.
2. Instead of being laser focused on your goals, open up a bit, and you will catch more opportunities. Always have a few game plans in your head.
a. Vary your routines continuously, mix things up, where you go for coffee, have lunch etc. You will meet more people that way.
3. Maximize chance opportunities, as lucky people are skilled are creating, noticing and acting upon chance opportunities. They do this by building and maintaining strong networks, adopting a relaxed attitude to life and being open. Listen to your hunches and take note of nagging red flags.
4. Believe in lucky charms. When you see them you will think something good is going to happen.
5. Listen to you lucky hunches. Lucky people consistently make effective decision by listening to their intuition and gut feelings. And they do things to sharpen their intuitive abilities – for example by meditating, and clearing their minds of cluttering thoughts.
6. Expect good fortune, they expect that their future is going to be bright and over time that expectation becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy because it helps lucky people persist in the face of failure by shaping how they interact with other people.
OK, so the challenge here is to practice these behaviours for a few weeks and experience first hand how your luck picks up.