Anyone can change his or her luck, and you don’t have to wait to find a four-leaf clover to do it.
Research shows that having positive superstitions can be a good thing. Good luck operates by increasing your self-confidence. While it may seem counter-intuitive, leaving things to chance can actually enhance your performance, increase productivity and reduce stress.
Here are nine ways to bring more luck into your life this St. Patrick’s Day and all year long.
Lucky people are optimistic about the future and have higher expectations from life than unlucky people. They believe that unpredictable and uncontrollable events will consistently work out for them. For unlucky people, the reverse is true. They are convinced that events outside their control will always work out against them. These beliefs become self-fulfilling prophecies.
Write About the Good Things
Journaling is an effective way to keep a record of the positive outcomes in your life. Your diary doesn’t have to be polished prose. It doesn’t even have to be grammatically correct or written in full sentences. For example, a top military leader kept a diary in haiku as a way to quickly journal his daily experiences during a crisis. In whatever format you choose, the purpose of journaling is to record parts of your life and chart what you’ve done successfully.
Be Less Specific
If you want more luck in your life, be open to all possibilities. Many people consider themselves unlucky because they approach situations searching for a specific outcome and may not get it. For example, if you go to a wedding hoping to find a future spouse, you may consider yourself unlucky if you return home without a date for next Saturday night. However, while you were busy looking for an attractive single, you may have missed an opportunity to meet someone who could help you with your career or to find a new class buddy. When you open yourself up, serendipity may steer you toward opportunities you never imagined.
What goes around surely does come around and people tend to receive what they put out into the world. By staying positive and focusing on how you can improve the fortunes of others, that energy will come back around to you.
Put Yourself Out There
Extroverts tend to have more luck than introverts because they are spending more time with others and have more exposure to interesting possibilities. On the flip side, people who are tense or anxious are less likely to notice and take advantage of opportunities. This does not mean that if you are neurotic or an introvert you can’t change your luck; but it does mean you have to change your behavior. By acting more extroverted and more open to new experiences, you can increase luck.
Curiosity can keep you lucky. By exploring, questioning and learning, you will gain fresh perspectives and have the ability to identify creative solutions to challenges you face. The more creative and innovative you become, the more luck you can create.
Go with Your Gut
Almost 90 percent of lucky people said that they trusted their intuition when it came to personal relationships, and nearly 80 percent said it played a significant role in their career choices.
One way you can boost your intuitive abilities is by practicing meditation and remaining mindful. Meditation can be done anytime, anywhere. To get started, sit comfortably with your shoulders relaxed and spine tall. Place your hands on your lap, close your eyes and eliminate any noises or lights that may distract you. Pay attention to your breath. Notice your breath flowing in and flowing out. Silently repeat the mantra: “Breathing In. Breathing Out.” Notice that as your breath begins to lengthen and fill your body, your mind will begin to calm.
The only way to truly make your own luck is to act and make decisions. As the old saying goes, fortune favors the bold.