Are you asking the question “How can I increase my luck?”

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Chinese Lucky Cat or Maneki Neko

Maneki Neko (“beckoning cat”) is supposed to bring luck to your home

Let’s Get Lucky

Positive people are often seen as being lucky, so it may surprise you to find out that luck does not exist.

Chance does.

And you can take steps to improve your chance of success and thereby perceived luck.

Professor Richard Wiseman, a leading psychology professor and author of psychology books, used his understanding of psychology, statistics and magic to determine what makes some people appear lucky.

He uncovered four principles which he captures in his book The Luck Factor.

The Luck Factor

You can use these in your daily life to increase the amount of “luck” you have.

Chance Opportunities

First, maximise your chance opportunities.

Professor Wiseman believes that lucky people create, notice and act upon the chance opportunities in life.

They do this by building and maintaining a strong “network of luck”, by seeking out opportunities to develop their network.

They also have a relaxed attitude towards life and are open to new experiences.

Lucky Hunches

Secondly, listen to your lucky hunches.

According to Professor Wiseman, lucky people make successful decisions by using their intuition and gut feelings.

They take steps to boost their intuition as well as listening to their hunches.

This view of intuition is at odds with another famous psychologist, Professor Daniel Kahneman.

In his book Thinking, Fast and Slow, Professor Kahneman says that intuition as biased, because we make some decisions quickly and automatically, and without thinking them through carefully.

These decisions are very difficult to override because they are so automatic.

Whilst intuition can be right, care should be exercised when taking steps to boost it, to ensure that it is being boosted in line with your core values.

This is because your core values provide you with a guide in your life, so help you decide whether following a particular hunch is good for you.

So, listen to your hunches, then before acting on them, assess them against your core values.

Good Fortune

Thirdly, expect good fortune.

Professor Wiseman says that lucky people’s expectation about the future helps them fulfil their dreams and ambitions.

They also expect their interactions with others to be successful.

They expect their good fortune to continue.

They attempt to achieve their goals, even if their chances of success seem slim, and persevere in the face of failure.

This is why setting challenging goals – even though they are difficult – can be even more rewarding.

If you have a mindset of expecting that the best will happen, your find that when one door closes, another will open.

Be open to opportunities, and then act upon them.

Turn Bad Into Good

Finally, turn your bad luck into good.

Professor Wiseman believes that lucky people are able to transform a bad luck into good fortune by being able to see the positive side.

They are convinced that any ill fortune in their life will, in the long run, work out for the best, and so do not dwell on their ill fortune.

They also take constructive steps to prevent bad luck in the future.

It can be helpful to think this way if you are in the midst of a crisis or a tragedy.

Bring Luck Into Your Life

You can create Gateways that help you become luckier, by using each of these areas to create steps and habits that improve your luck:

  • Take steps to maximise your chance opportunities
  • Develop habits to change your behaviour so that you listen and act on you hunches
  • Expect good fortune.
  • Make it a habit to review bad occurrences to find the good and take steps to increase your chances of good luck in the future.

Taking these actions would bring more luck into your life!

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