Make your own luck

Somebody once commented to the great golfer Gary Player “Boy, I’ve never seen anyone so lucky in my life.” Player responded by simply saying “Well, the harder I practice, the luckier I get”.

This exchange perfectly sums up the the notion that everyone in life must make their own luck if they want to be successful. Its very rare (if entirely non-existent) that anyone successful reaches the top by pure chance alone. Those that have reached the pinnacle of their career have often had the odd lucky break or rub of the green. But more often than not there has been a plan or strategy in place that the individual has followed. It may not be written down or put into a formal document, but there is a clear sense of direction in their mind that has helped guide them along the right path.

There is also research to show that people can create good fortune for themselves. Professor Richard Wiseman published a book called ‘The Luck Factor’, in which he suggests that anyone can make their own luck by following the four basic principles that lucky people use to create good fortune in their lives:

Principle 1: Maximise chance opportunities
Lucky people create, notice and act upon chance opportunities through networking, being open to new experiences and taking a relaxed attitude to life.

Principle 2: Listening to lucky hunches
Lucky people make good decisions by listening to their gut feelings and acting on intuition and take steps to boost their intuitive abilities though meditation and clearing their mind of other thoughts.

Principle 3: Expect good fortune
Lucky people are confident that their future will be full of good fortune. As a result, these expectations become self-fulfilling and help lucky people persist in the face of failure. It shapes their interaction with others in a positive way.

Principle 4: Turn bad luck to good
Lucky people use psychological techniques to cope with bad fortune. For example, they might imagine how things could have been worse and take control of the situation.

History tells us that it doesn’t matter how talented or clever you are, success, money, fame or winning is never a given. But if you work hard, remain positive and stay focused on the goals and objectives you want to achieve, then you are more likely to create opportunities for success for yourself. It’s then down to you to make those opportunities count.

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