Some claim that certain people are just born lucky, adorned with that proverbial golden horseshoe. When it comes to chance, when they’re faced with 50/50 odds, those who are so called “lucky,” usually wins the outcome. The events regardless of what they are, will usually fall in their favor. Does the element of luck really exist, or is it preconditioned.
So if you consider yourself to be a lucky person which leads to your success, the skeptics may claim otherwise. What’s undisputed however, is that there are some who are more fortunate than others, but it may be more a matter of good planning.
Motivation, inspired action, and a dedicated amount of sweat equity also lends to being lucky. Are the lucky just born that way, are they favorably preordained somehow, or do they generate their luck through hard work, making them appear lucky.
Becoming More Proactive
Those who are lucky make things happen, as they’re proactive rather than being reactive. They alter their future by taking responsibility of their words, actions, and behavior, giving them better control over their destiny.
We’ve all heard that there are some who make things happen, there are those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what the heck just happened.
You’ll be a lot “luckier” finding a $20 bill walking outside on the sidewalk, rather than it floating through your window while you’re sitting on the sofa.
A sales colleague of yours, gets 2 new sales today while you get none, not because they are lucky, but they’ve been prospecting for hours while skipping lunch.
Becoming More Opportunistic
Successful people recognize and take advantage of opportunities once they arise. Most don’t see these opportunities, because they’re inflexible and blinded by their ways.
Some see opportunities all around them, and bends them to their advantage. Being an opportunist is becoming mindfully aware, and flexible enough to alter plans in their favor, while being open-minded enough to take action on them.
There are a variety of reasons for someone to not take action. For, the majority of the time, what they do is procrastinate or make up excuses for not taking advantage, when it comes to opportunity.
Becoming More Flexible
Those so called lucky people, appreciates the dynamics of life while going with the flow, which provides them with enormous advantages in finding new and different ways of doing things.
They’re extremely flexible and will take advantage of new situations, as they think on the fly, and are open to anything that would make them better.
They’re Always Optimistic
What the optimist believes, is that what they’re doing is the best possible solution. What the pessimist is afraid of, is that “it” might actually be true. This the proverbial glass of water, being half full or half empty.
What’s known is that luck isn’t limited to objective findings, as one person’s poison is another person’s cure. If an optimist and a pessimist wins the same prize in a contest, it’s the optimist who appears as being lucky.
What being optimistic does is helps you see the upside, the advantages in any given situation. Those who are lucky and are also optimistic, are able to identify what the silver lining in any given situation is.
It’s not usually enough just to be flexible. Opportunists accept and act on changes as they occur. To enhance your luck factor, you need to be prepared to alter in your schedule, make changes in your plans and take action.
Those who are branded as lucky, usually thinks outside-the-box, as what doing so involves looking for loopholes and shortcuts. Looking at situations from different and multiple perspectives.
Say there are two companies, who are competing in the market with similar products. It’s not the product, but how you market it. The company who thinks abstract, with an innovative redesign and better marketing tactics, is the one who’ll appear to be lucky.
Becoming More Resilient
What the lucky will do, is transform what appears as limiting issues into motivating challenges. They take advantage of any new situation they come across, and will never waver from it.
We all know of the most famous inventors in history, who admits that they’ve found thousands of ways to fail. They’ve made plenty of mistakes, this before they finally developed the end result, their invention.
What everyone then claims, is that they got lucky. There’s no doubt that these individuals are extremely brilliant, but there are plenty of brilliant derelicts in the world.
What made these individuals different from others, was their resilience, the fortitude that they had to continue to pursue their idea, dreams, and goals, this in the face of adversity.
What these outstanding inventors claim is that they didn’t fail, but what they did was found thousand of ways it didn’t work. They remained focused, while others just gave up.
Becoming More Insightful
There are two types of knowledge. Explicit and implicit. Explicit knowledge is the type of knowledge, that’s gained from going to school and reading books, factual information. Implicit knowledge, is what’s achieved through experiences or by observing, things which can’t be taught.
Both types of knowledge, becomes vital to form decisions or choosing particular pathways. Having a hunch might be an uninformed guess, such as flipping a coin, or it’s based on explicit and implicit knowledge, with insight.
What we all have is insight. Some are just better at listening to and reacting to their gut feeling. Taking advantage of this knowledge, depends on accessing this information and taking action.
What having insight does, is integrates both explicit and implicit knowledge, while being mindful of social situations and emotions, both yours as well as others.
Those who are insightful have higher emotional and social intelligence, and the ability to “read” people. Those who are lucky, makes the best use of their insight.