The best luck of all is the luck we make for ourselves – Douglas MacArthur

Are some people just lucky? Do you consider yourself lucky or unlucky? Whether you consider yourself lucky or unlucky you are right either way. Lucky and unlucky people approach the world differently and yes if you consider yourself unlucky if you are willing to do what it takes you too, can be a lucky person.

What makes a person lucky? Yes, I am a big fan of the idea that we make our own luck. No we can’t create it out of thin air or by magical thinking or even by picking a four-leaf clover, but there are plenty of things we can do to create our own luck.

  1. Lucky people live in the present and seize the moment.  They live in the present instead of worrying about the past or the future. They are observant of their world and what is happening around them. They say yes to opportunities and to calculated risks. Tense and anxious people are too busy worrying to notice opportunities.
  2. Lucky people believe in themselves. They trust their gut, their inner wisdom. They let their feelings guide them. That have an inner confidence much like an internal GPS system that guides them. They listen to their intuition, that still small voice that lives inside each of us that we often override or fail to listen to at all. Lucky people are willing to be themselves, their authentic self.
  3. Lucky people work hard. They take action. They are action oriented and do what it takes to make their own luck. They have positive daily habits such as morning routines that include walking, yoga or exercise, or meditation and prayer. They don’t over think things. They make a decision and do it.
  4. Lucky people express gratitude and appreciation. They do not take the people or things in their lives for granted. They appreciate those who help and support them. They are also willing to share kind words with others.  They surround themselves with other positive people.
  5. Lucky people turn bad luck into good luck. They assess what has happened. They treat failures as an opportunity to learn and grow. They do not dwell on what has happened in a self-proclaimed pity party. They accept it, make a decision on what to do next and move forward. Lucky people take action.
  6. Lucky people know what gives their life purpose and meaning. They have goals. They know that as our lives change, we change. They let go of what no longer rings true to due to life transitions or external circumstances, then refocus and move forward. They choose to have a great life and to support and empower others in having a great life. They are team players.
  7. Lucky people are full of wonder, curiosity, and awe. Bitter people are not lucky people. Lucky people see others and the world as an amazing place. They expect good things to happen for them. They are the “my cup is runneth over kind of people” not the “glass is half-empty” kind of people. Lucky people are positive people, and they smile a lot. They expect good fortune and they make it happen.

Next Action Step:

Try out these seven points.  See what rings true for you. Are there things that you can do to create your own luck? What is one step you could do today to make your own luck?  As a lucky person, what would you do if you could not fail?

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. Seneca

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