The Power of Luck

The Power of Luck

If youíve ever wondered why some people are luckier than others, youíre already off on the wrong track. The consensus among sociologists, behav≠ioral psychologists, and other experts who have studied the phenomenon of luck is that lucky people arenít bornótheyíre made. Creating your own luck really is possible, and it all comes down to five essential rules.


Although your parents warned you not to, you should talk to strangers. And you should talk to them as much as possible, wherever you can. Studies have shown that the most successful people are the ones who take the trouble to form friendly contacts at any opportunity. So the next time youíre in the supermarket checkout line, talk to the person next to you. Really. Itís got to be more edifying than reading about that boy who got trapped in a freezer and ate his own foot.


If you expect good things to hap≠pen to you, they will. And if you believe you are a lucky person, you will be. Psychologists say that people who donít feel lucky tend to stick with the program and do the same things over and over, even if theyíre unhappy. On the other hand, people who do feel lucky are more likely to take risks and try something new. They are more like≠ly to enter into a new business venture, a new relationship, or even a contest. And as they say, you canít win if you donít play. So start thinking of yourself as the lucky person you already are.


As sentient beings, weíre not able to process all of the sensory data we are bombarded with each second on a conscious level. But we are on a subconscious level. And hunches are actually based on the information that we absorb and process while weíre doing other things. Thatís why hunches feel the way they doóyou donít quite know why you feel a certain way about some≠thing, but you just do. So pay attention to and trust your gut when making decisions. Chances are, itís right.


If youíre stuck in a routine, doing the same things every single day, youíre likely missing out on lucky experiences that can only come from exposure. So go to more parties, or try out that new restaurant. Try sitting with people you donít know at lunch or reconnecting with old friends. Take a class, a different route to work, or a break, even if you donít need one. Take a shower at a ran≠dom time, since thatís when the best ideas often occur. If you are open to exploring new places and experiences, sooner or later youíre bound to find yourself at the right place at the right time.


OK, the Boy Scouts were right about this. Itís one thing to be in the right place at the right time; itís an≠other altogether to know what to do when your lucky number gets called. Lucky opportunities always present themselves at the most unexpected times (thatís why theyíre lucky), and youíve got to be pre≠pared to notice when one is happening and take advantage of it. So pay attention to your surroundings at all timesóthat way when your big lucky break comes along, youíll be ready.