According to the Merriam-Websiter dictionary, superstition is defined as a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of causation. Luck, on the other hand, is defined as a force that brings good fortune or adversity.
So what’s the difference between the two? YOU!
While most of us believe in a guiding force—angels, God, the Universe—that navigates our personal and professional paths, it is our own actions and intentions that attracts good fortune into our lives.
Earlier this month, I shared one of my favorite quotes about luck:
“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
—Seneca, Roman Philospher
Whereas superstition relies on a belief (bad things happen on Friday the 13th) or practice (tossing spilled salt over your shoulder), luck is wrapped up with opportunity wrapped in intention. Your daily focuses and reminders help you make the small decisions that build to the bigger picture; these small steps lead closer to your dream.
While the pages of the dictionary read otherwise, I think my approach to luck is closer to Seneca’s—we preserve and flourish when we prepare our minds, our actions, and our responses. We are the force that brings good fortune.
So, set those intentions. It gives meaning, and may bring you a little luck.
I challenge you to harness your own power, and create your own luck. Think about a development or goal you’d like to reach—whether professional or personal—and think about three actionable steps you can take to reach that goal. Set a few intentions with each step, or pick a few cards that resonate with you, and place those intentions around your home or office as reminders of your goal.