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Writing: A Matter of Luck?

The other day I was telling a friend that my essay was not selected by a magazine.  I remarked that “it is just my bad luck.”  She replied, “Yes, you are just the unluckiest person I know!”  She smiled. At first I thought she was validating my statement; then I realized that she was challenging my thinking.

For years I have considered myself to be unlucky.  I had a dozen stories to back up my belief.  But my friend jiggled my thinking and this is what I’ve concluded:

First, luck is a matter of perception.  We see events, attach judgment and value to them and connect the outcome to ourselves.  For example, if we see a dime on the sidewalk and put it in our pocket, we deem ourselves lucky.  We were in the right place at the right time and we valued getting ten cents.  Now let’s look at the situation again.  If the coin were a peso and we had no use for foreign currency, would we consider it a lucky find?  It’s about how we perceive an event at the time.  Luck isn’t always about getting something. Sometimes luck is about not getting something or something not happening. When I lost my teaching job, I didn’t think I was lucky; but if it had not been for being injured, I would have never started my editing business. In retrospect, losing my job was one of the luckiest things that ever happened to me.

There are ways to create more luck in your life. Luck is more a matter of Choice than chance.

1. Choose to believe you are lucky. If you think you are lucky, you are right and if you think you are not lucky, you are right again. To become luckier, start believing that you are.

2. Re-frame what luck means to you. We often limit luck to the concept of winning something or having a positive outcome.  Can you lose something and be lucky?

3. What goes around comes around. Help create luck for others.  Do random acts of kindness whenever you can.

4. Be open to possibilities. Suspend judgment and be willing to take advantage of events that happen. Don’t let fear of the unknown stop you.

5. Know that you are worthy of good fortune. Sometimes, people will shun luck because they have a core belief that they don’t deserve it. You deserve it.

6. No one else is responsible for your luck. Take responsibility for your perceptions and the choices you make. If you don’t have enough luck, change your choices.

7. Maintain a positive attitude. Attitude is everything and it will determine how lucky you are. If you have a positive attitude, then you will be luckier. If you have a lousy attitude, luck will not be as abundant.

8. Be aware of the lucky things that happen to you each day. Notice how lucky you were to get a parking space close to the building. Notice how lucky you were not to get a parking ticket when your meter had expired.  Luck happens all the time. We just need to take the time to be aware. Are you lucky in life and in business?  Persistent effort and a positive attitude are often keys to success, so how do you keep yourself motivated when it just feels like luck has run out?

1. Care for and nurture yourself on a regular basis.
2. Do your own personal development work.                                                                                              

3. Get a Coach to eliminate procrastination and keep accountability.

4. Celebrate your luck.
 

 

 

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