I am completely convinced that we each have the ability to make our own luck. Sure, there’s an element of random chance, but you also have to be at the right place, at the right time – and that we have more control over than we think. You can’t win the lottery if you don’t buy a ticket, right?
So how, exactly, do you make your own luck?
Here’s what I think you should do:
Make a List of What You Want…And It Can’t Be Money
This is step #1 and definitely not taken seriously enough. How are you going to get lucky at anything if you don’t even know what kind of luck you need? The most classic mistake we all make here is thinking we want more money. We don’t really want more money…what we want is money to get us all the other things that we think money buys. Or maybe it’s a new position at work, or just getting healthy, or achieving some other type of goal. Once you identify what you really want, then you are a huge step closer to making your own luck happen.
Tell The World What You Want…Or At Least All of Your Friends and Family
What’s the best way to make your own luck? Ask for it!
Seriously – once you know what you want, spread the word! Not only will you find out about more opportunities (aka luck-waiting-to-happen), but you’ll also end up putting yourself in a position where you’re going to be held accountable for fulfilling those desires. If you want a promotion at work, why not ask for it? What if the answer is yes? Or maybe “coincidentally” your boss has been considering the creation of a better position that you would be perfect for. Or maybe he just realizes what a superstar you are and gives you a raise instead.
It seems too easy, but honestly sometimes all you need to do to get something is ask for it.
Go Against the Grain
Take the road less traveled…go the extra mile…be unique…take a chance…yada yada yada.
Luck, in essence, is rare. So don’t follow the status quo and expect anything more than the status quo to happen. If you’re always with the masses…well, then you’ll always be with the masses.
Life will be smoother for you in general if you embrace change and it will also help pave the path for your luck-making abilities. It will enable you to be an early adopter, give you more potential to build an expertise, and most importantly will give you first go at awesome opportunities. So when you feel that pit in your stomach that’s telling you you’re out of your comfort zone, embrace it!
Surround Yourself with Lucky People
You are the average of the 5 people you spend most of your time with. So please, please, please – hang out with lucky people! That means happy, hard working, inspirational people that are more likely to push you to make your dreams happen (aka make your own luck).
Think of the people in your life that inspire you the most and give them a call. Meet up for drinks or lunch. Do whatever you can to keep those people close and those relationships strong.
Become an Expert
We already covered that to make your own luck, you need to be in the right place at the right time. The best way to do that is to be totally on top of all the potential opportunities that may be making themselves available. So get your hands dirty and become an expert in whatever arena you’re hoping to find luck in. Read new books, take online courses, attend seminars, network. Figure out new ways to know everything you can about whatever you’re passionate about.
Nothing is going to get you in the mood to be lucky more than inspiration. It will help you work harder, think smarter, and be happier. And all of those factors contribute to making your own luck.
When my husband travels it kills my level of motivation, so I came up with a list of ways to stay happy when he’s gone…and then I came up with another list with even more ways to stay happy when he’s gone. I have a fallback list of inspirational documentaries that I watch when I need to focus and a slew of Pinterest boards that inspire me to dream, get dressed, or get to work. I’m a total inspiration junkie.
Whatever you can do, try to keep yourself inspired at all costs!
Make Someone Else Lucky
What goes around comes around, so if the opportunity ever arises to help someone else be lucky, jump on it. People don’t forget things like that and more importantly, the world just has a way of working these things out. Call it what you like, but it’s hard to deny that some form of karma is often at play.
Fake It ‘til You Make It
If you haven’t watched or read The Secret, then go do that now. (The documentary is pretty much exactly like the book, so don’t feel bad for opting for that one 😉 ) Basically, what it will tell you is that your mind and thoughts are strong enough to make anything happen. So basically, pretend like you’re already lucky. If you believe it, eventually it will happen. So just tell yourself each and every morning that YOU ARE LUCKY.
Make a List of All the Reasons You’re Lucky
What better way to tell yourself you are lucky than to make a list of all the reasons why you are, in fact, already lucky. If The Secret is even slightly true, then knowing that you are already lucky is the best way to continue making your own luck.
Ok, time to make your dreams happen! GOOD LUCK. 😉
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