The Amazing Psychology of Luck: 10 Super Tips for Attracting Good Luck
When we see very successful people we usually say that they are lucky guys. We consider Amitabh Bachan, Shah Rukh Khan, Sachin Tendulkar, A.R. Rahman, J.K Rowling, Lionel Messy and Maria Sharapova as lucky individuals. Why some are very lucky and others are not so. What is the hidden secret of luck? Is it merely accidental or is there any cognizable science behind this?
When we happen to fail a number of times in any endeavor or face extreme difficulties in life, we think that we are unlucky. There is a tendency in many to assign the cause of their failures to bad luck and the cause of achievements of others to good luck. We say the fairies of good luck have smiled upon them whereas the black witches have brewed bad luck for us.
Researchers have found out certain astonishing secrets about luck and lucky people. Richard Wiseman, a psychology professor of the University of Hertfordshire, UK, conducted personality tests and other experiments on a set of lucky people individually in laboratory. All these experiments and studies revealed certain amazing facts about luck. Luck is not merely an accidental thing. People are not born as lucky or unlucky, but they create their own luck or ill luck through their thought processes and actions that follow.
Wiseman’s long research identified certain peculiar and unique characteristics of lucky people.
- Lucky people consistently search for new opportunities or create better opportunities.
- They respect and respond to their intuition or luck hunches and act upon.
- They always dream and desire for success and try to fulfill them.
- Their attitude of hard work turns even bad luck in to good luck.In short, a lucky individual creates his own luck, firstly, in imagination and then in reality by his hard work. As Ray Kroc, the most successful American business man, pointed out from his experience; ‘Luck is the dividend of sweat; the more you sweat, the luckier you get’.
Can you change your bad luck in to good luck?
Today many are disappointed and complaining about their ill luck. They try to eliminate bad luck and attract good luck in several ways. Some are doing ‘Poojas’ and special prayers. Some use Feng Shui principles to decorate their rooms and home spaces. Many people build their houses according to ‘Vastu’, and get lucky numbers for their new cars. Even scientists start their new projects with special poojas and rituals. Many are avoiding ‘rahu time’ to start a journey or begin a new business venture.
There are several conventional beliefs or superstitions regarding bad luck. For example, breaking of mirrors, walking under ladders, crossing the path of a black cat, seeing an owl during the day are considered as bad omens bringing bad luck. But there is no scientific basis for all these beliefs and they are considered as mere superstitions by scientific community. Timothy Zahn, the well known American writer once said; ‘Luck is merely an illusion, trusted by the ignorant and chased by foolish’. According to Benjamin Franklin, the famous American author, scientist, inventor and statesman and who is considered as the founding father of U.S.A; ‘Diligence is the mother of luck’.
Famous Personalities who turned, their bad luck into good luck
There is an array of great personalities in history who actually turned their bad luck in to enviable good luck. Helen Keller was blind, deaf and mute; but in spite of her multiple disabilities she became very successful and famous with her relentless hard work and commitment and created her own hall mark and history.
Ludwig Beethoven lost his hearing power turning himself a stone deaf but he succeeded to create the greatest works of music after this. Just imagine Nicholas James Vujicic was born without limbs. He then went ahead and learned to live effectively without hands and legs, with nobody’s help or support. He became world famous motivational speaker, evangelist and author. Vujicic turned his bad luck into good luck with his extraordinary will power and effort.
Jessica Cox was born without arms and was considered as an unlucky child. But she became the world’s first licensed armless pilot and the first armless black belt in American Taekwondo Association and became world famous successful personality. She could convert her ill luck into good luck and could fly to new horizon like a Feniex bird.
The famous American bestselling author, Og Mandino points out; ‘Each misfortune you encounter will carry in it the seed of tomorrow’s good luck’. As the Jewish American writer, news paper publisher and award winner rightly said; ‘The only thing that overcomes bad luck is hard work’.
Golden ways to Luck
Luck is not something that is restricted to a few alone, but anybody can aspire and achieve good luck. It is not a boon for the fortunate few. Prof. Richard Wiseman started a luck school in U.K to teach the psychological principles of luck and the scientific ways to achieve it. Anyway, his novel attempt was very successful and attracted the attention of the media and people world over. It was reported that many people who were considered as unlucky became lucky and happy after Wiseman’s training.
Brain Tracy, the famous Canadian – American author and Speaker, also conducted studies about luck and lucky people. He authored several bestselling books about success and luck. Brain Tracy gives his valuable suggestions; ‘I have found luck as quite predictable. If you want more luck take more chances. Be more active, show up more often’.
You also can become lucky by adopting the attitudes and habits of people you consider most lucky. Also you can try to follow the luck principles of Wiseman, Brian Tracy and the wise and valuable suggestions given by great writers, philosophers and scientists.
Ten super tips for attracting good luck
1.Desire and dream good luck
Lucky people always think and believe they are lucky. So they expect luck and success and go for a try in every opportunity they get. As Brian Tracy pointed out; ‘What ever we expect with confidence, becomes our self fulfilling prophesy’
2.Don’t miss your opportunities
Lucky people always look for new opportunities that may bring luck and success to them. According to the famous ancient Roman philosopher Seneca; ‘Luck is a matter of meeting opportunity’. So never miss a chance. Never turn back impatiently when luck is about to come dancing along your way. If chances are rare, try to create them because, chance opportunities are your openings to luck and your golden key to future success.
3.Keep a luck diary
If you can make it a habit to remember and note down the lucky incidents and success experiences you had in a diary regularly, your thoughts and imaginations will be focused and fine tuned to luck and success. Then you begin to feel and experience that you are lucky. As the famous American play write stated; ‘Luck is believing you’re lucky.’
4.Work hard with enthusiasm
Thomas Jefferson, the third president of USA used to say; ‘I am a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it’. Your hard work is the most cardinal single factor that brings luck and success to your life.
5.Be ready to take risk
The most successful people were risk takers in their lives, all throughout. Bill gates dared to abandon his studies for business. If you are not ready to move out of your comfort zone and take up the risks for a better opportunity with optimism, you will never be able to achieve great things in life. So be ready to take risk with confidence and optimism.
6.Listen to your inner voices
Listen to your intuitive inner voices and be bold enough to obey them. Many a times your intuition is more reliable than your logic. Oprah Winfrey who is considered as World’s most influential and successful woman, advises; ‘Trust your heart and success will come to you’.
7.Nurture new relations
You may get unexpected opportunities and novel ideas from your new friends and relations, and they may bring luck and success to you. So use your chances for new contacts and friendships. As the famous German philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer said; ‘Friends and acquaintances are the surest passport to future’.
8.Be ready to give help and receive help
When you are in the habit of helping others to solve their problems and meet their needs you will develop a harmonious and warm relationship with them. You will be more respected and loved by them and they will be happy to come forward to help you in difficult situations.
9.Always keep an attitude of gratitude
As the famous ancient Roman politician and orator, Cicero said; ‘A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue but the parent of all the virtues’. Your attitude of gratitude will help you to focus your mind on the positive side of your life and that will help to brighten up your mind. Your thankful thoughts about your fortunes and blessing will attract more of them into your life. As Khalil Gibran, the famous Lebanese writer and poet advised; ‘Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks to another day of loving’.
10.Give top priority to your health and balanced life style
If you want to excel in any field, you should be physically and mentally healthy. Herophilies, the well known ancient Greek physician stated in 300 BC; ‘When health is absent wisdom cannot reveal itself; art cannot become manifest; strength cannot be exerted; wealth is useless and reason is powerless’. So a healthy balanced life style is to be adopted for nurturing and nourishing your body, mind and soul.
Health and wellbeing are the greatest sources of your luck. That is why Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine emphatically stated; ‘A wise man ought to realize that health is his most valuable possession.’
About the Author:
Dr. JOHN MUZHUTHETTU is a Human Resource Consultant, National Trainer and Counselor. Formerly he was the Deputy Chief Engineer, Kerala State Electricity Board and is still working as an external faculty of HRD Programmes of KSEB. He is also a faculty of Department of Management Studies, Mar Augusthinose College, Ramapuram, under M.G.University, Kerala. He is the PG course co-ordinator of MHRM.
He is columnist in several Magazines, like ‘Business Deepika’, ‘Creative Business’, ‘Donbosco’ etc. His articles have been published in many magazines and journals. His several speeches have been aired by All India Radio. His interviews on various subjects have been telecasted by Power Vision TV . He is the author of five best-selling books:
- ‘Stress-Manassasthra- Aathmeeya Pariharangel’. (Current Books, Thrissur) 4th Edition
- Vijayiyude Vyakthithwam (Current Books, Thrissur)
- Jeevitham Santhushtamakan, Nithya Yauvanam Nedan.(css,Thiruvalla)2ndEdition
- Emotional Intelligence-Jeevithavijayathinu (CSS, Thiruvalla)
- Vijayarahsyangal (Current Books, Thrissur)
As a trainer, he has conducted more than thousand seminars and workshops for teachers, parents, students, executives and others, on several subjects like Stress Management, Time Management, Personality Development, Emotional Intelligence and Spiritual intelligence for Excellence, Communicative Skills, Assertiveness, Motivation, Study Skills, Effective Parenting, Counselling Skills etc. He is an external training faculty of Power Engineers Training and Research Centre of KSEB. He is an external faculty of IMG Cochin. He is also the Secretary of Upasana Cultural Centre, Thodupuzha. Email:([email protected])
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