“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
—Seneca, Roman Philosopher
This is one of my favorite quotes about luck—it’s a simple reminder that we create our own luck, harnessing the power of perspective and creating positive changes (and events!) in our lives. The quote also plays into this month’s Feel the Love card: Let your obstacles become opportunities. But here, we’re transforming the negative into positive moments.
Maybe it’s the luck of the Irish, or maybe it’s the promise of the pot of gold at the end of every rainbow, but with St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, I’ve got luck on my mind.
Richard Wiseman, author of The Luck Factor, spent ten years studying the nature of luck and concluded that, to a large extent, people make their own good (and bad) fortune.
“Lucky people generate their own good fortune via four basic principles. They are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities, make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition, create self-fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations, and adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good.”
How do you create luck? Here are a few simple tips you can incorporate into your daily activities to invite positive opportunities:
What do you want to accomplish? Where do you want to be? Harness your own power and capabilities by taking the time to write down your goals. Understanding the end game—your pot of gold—is the first step to opening your luck to positive opportunities.
Once you have your goals in place, think about the small steps you need to take to get you closer to that goal. These intentions could be activities you need to practice daily, like meditation, or a to-do list of items you need to tackle to move forward (ie. taking a class).
Use Visual Reminders
Whether you prefer creating vision boards or have a set of Feel the Love Transformation Cards at your desk, creating visual reminders of your intentions influence the decisions you make throughout the day, bringing you closer to your goals. It’s a great way to keep yourself accountable and on track.
Listen to Those ‘Gut Feelings’
Have you ever stepped into a situation that didn’t feel right? Listen to that intuition! Acknowledge you have this sixth sense, and understand it has the power to help you make more positive decisions. Don’t feel like you have a strong sense of intuition? Try using meditation to harness the power of mindful thinking.
When life throws you a curve ball, take a step back and see how you can spin this into a positive. Let your obstacles become opportunities. How can you learn from this moment? What is the positive result of the situation?