If you’ve ever seen gamblers who win consistently, they have a level of steady and even light-hearted confidence in their ability to roll the number they need, or draw the exact cards they want to win.
Their “luck” appears uncanny unless something happens that rattles their confidence. It’s interesting to note that the ability to do almost anything, even the most daring things is preceded by a belief that it can be accomplished, minus any acceptance of a thought to the contrary.
Luck is often attributed to a whim of fancy, a light-hearted and fleeting thought of “why not”? Just when everyone else has counted them out, they smile and draw the winning card; the dice amazingly stop on the perfect number defying the odds.You don’t just have to be in Las Vegas to see luck at work. It’s happening all around us. A fireman being driven back by flames decides to look into one more room before he runs from the burning building and finds the lost child in the nick of time. A pilot flying on fumes tries one more pass and at the last-minute sees runway lights just in time to land before his engine quits. A parachutist untangles his chute moments before he hits the ground in time, making a safe landing out of a sure tragedy. Is it truly luck, or belief that the outcome will be decided favorably with one final burst of creative energy, minus the idea of a possibility of failure? There are plenty of occasions where it didn’t work out and people are killed or seriously injured. Gamblers don’t draw that winning card and the fireman doesn’t see the child. What are the odds that either success or failure could happen
The facts are that very often the odds are millions to one and yet, somehow a certain type of person pulls off an amazing feat, defying anyone’s expectation. Luck is an amazing and enviable quality that some people seem to possess and others seem to lack. A closer look at luck suggests that it seems reliable for the few who seem to take that knack for granted. Yet the more you try to get lucky, the more elusively it appears. The definition of luck clearly suggests good fortune bestowed beyond personal control. And yet a study of the subject of luck appears to present evidence to the contrary. No matter your belief, there does appear to be a certain swagger to those who exemplify lucky people; as if they had a secret inner confidence in their ability to affect the odds of chance.
In his study on luck, Professor Richard Wiseman outlined four principles to help one increase their good fortune:
Principle One: Maximize Chance Opportunities
Lucky people are skilled at creating, noticing and acting upon chance opportunities. They do this in various ways, including networking, adopting a relaxed attitude to life and by being open to new experiences.
Principle Two: Listening to Lucky Hunches
Lucky people make effective decisions by listening to their intuition and gut feelings. In addition, they take steps to actively boost their intuitive abilities by, for example, meditating and clearing their mind of other thoughts.
Principle Three: Expect Good Fortune
Lucky people are certain that the future is going to be full of good fortune. These expectations become self-fulfilling prophecies by helping lucky people persist in the face of failure, and shape their interactions with others in a positive way.
Principle Four: Turn Bad Luck to Good
Lucky people employ various psychological techniques to cope with, and often even thrive upon, the ill fortune that comes their way. For example, they spontaneously imagine how things could have been worse, do not dwell on the ill fortune, and take control of the situation.
So can you become luckier even if you weren’t born with the proverbial silver spoon in your mouth? According to Professor Wiseman, you can. But what matters most, is what you think!