4 Science-Based Mindsets to Increase Your Luck.
Why do some people seem blessed with continual good fortune? I’ve always been intrigued by this phenomenon.
Every time I see someone who appears to be perpetually fortunate, I can’t help but wonder what their secret is.
Is it something they were born with? Is it a result of taking specific actions? Or is it simply a matter of perspective? Either way, I’m convinced that there’s something we can all learn from those who always seem to have a stroke of luck.
Richard Wiseman is a psychologist who has conducted extensive research on the topic of luck. In his book, “The Luck Factor: The Scientific Study of the Lucky Mind,” Wiseman discusses 4 science-based mindsets to increase your luck.
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Wiseman’s research showed that lucky people generate good luck by making these simple changes to their attitude and behavior. They display a positive outlook, listen to their intuition, and take opportunities when they arise.
Interestingly, Wiseman also discovered that unlucky people create bad luck for themselves by doing the exact opposite: displaying a negative outlook, ignoring their intuition, and avoiding opportunities. So, whether you consider yourself lucky or not may be less about the cards you’ve been dealt in life and more about how you choose to play them.
Other Characteristics of Lucky People:
1) They make their own luck.
Lucky people are always ready to take advantage of an opportunity. They have a relaxed but inquisitive attitude towards life, and they’re open-minded enough for anything that comes their way!
2) The ability to spot opportunities.
Intuition is the sixth sense, and it’s a gift that some people have. Those with this ability can feel what others are feeling just by being in their presence or reading between the lines of text on an email they’ve sent you–they’ll know if something needs to be done differently without any input from them!
Gut feelings come naturally for these lucky individuals. They don’t ignore their intuition but take time out every day (or night) to meditate. This keeps your headspace uncluttered. Your luck will improve if you clear away all external distractions such as social media feeds.
3) People who seem to be consistently lucky expect good fortune.
They have a persistent attitude in the face of failure. Or, as the saying goes, “they make lemonade out of lemons.”
Countless people have turned lemons into lemonade and created their own luck. Whether through perseverance, talent, education, or sheer force of will, these people have taken what life has given them and made something amazing out of it.
Some people who come to mind that I admire are people like Tony Robbins, J.K. Rowling, Oprah Winfrey, and Steve Jobs. All these individuals have faced incredibly difficult circumstances, yet they’ve still managed to create extraordinary success for themselves.
In Tony Robbins’ case, he was born into a family of abuse and poverty. He overcame tremendous odds to become one of the most popular self-help authors and motivational speakers globally.
J.K. Rowling is the author of the Harry Potter series. She was a struggling single mother when she came up with the idea for her now-iconic books. She had no way of knowing that they would become one of the most significant cultural phenomena in history. But she took a risk and followed her instincts, and it paid off big time.
Oprah Winfrey was born into poverty and faced abuse throughout her childhood, but she persevered and became; well, you know the rest of the story.
4) The ability to stay positive and upbeat.
Lucky people don’t let bad luck get them down. They see every situation as an opportunity for growth and use their failures as lessons in life, not excuses to give up on what matters most!
For example, Abraham Lincoln was born into a poor family in Kentucky but rose to become one of the greatest Presidents in American history.
Or take into account Florence Nightingale, who, against all odds, transformed nursing during the Crimean War and became an international icon.
Luck can be changed. The study of luck, its origins, and its consequences have been studied for centuries by many cultures worldwide. No one until recently had put it under a scientific microscope as Richard Wiseman did in his 4 science-based mindsets to increase your luck.
He was able to show us common patterns in what people believe makes them lucky or unlucky. What does our attitude towards risk-taking say about how we approach life? Is being aggressive always just fate at work – with nothing left up to chance?”
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