With St. Patrick’s Day this past week, and all the leprechauns, around I was inspired to think about the concept of Luck.
How often I have heard (or said :)), “He’s so lucky” or “Wow! She is SOOOO lucky!” Just about anything…
Often when the "lucky” thing is not something we want, we can feel happy for the person. But when we do want it (like when your work colleague gets kudos for a project she’s been working on or when everyone in your office heads out on a winter vacation) some really negative emotions can start to spiral (ever met that “little green monster” – maybe a distant cousin of the leprechaun).
And have you noticed that once you start thinking about how “lucky” other people are, it’s easy to feel really sorry for yourself, and without much push, suddenly you’re resentful and your whole life (family, home, relationships, and more) is coloured with that negative brush!
Yikes, and just because you started thinking about how “lucky” that other guy was!
This made me think of times that people have said to me how “lucky” I am for something, but how the only thing that they’ve seen is the final outcome – not all the things that led up to it. Going back up to the top…
And so on!
For a start, I’d like to suggest that a big part of “luck” is actually the culmination of lots of hard work. Yes, there are always those rare occasions when something truly unexpected can happen, but even in those cases the person has to have their eyes and ears open to receive.
But I know that within the concept of “luck” we also have to consider opportunity. In this world, some people have greater opportunities than others, and because of this, even with the same amount of hard work, some people have a greater chance at being “lucky” than others do.
Take a look at this great comic strip that explains the concept much better than I ever could…
I think it is important to consider the impact of opportunity on the “luck” that we experience.
If you’ve stuck with me this far and can agree that luck is a combination of hard work and opportunities, here are 3 things you can do to “improve” your own “luck” …
Change Your Perspective
When you hear that little voice inside your head saying “he’s so lucky”, and feel yourself falling into that negative trap, find a way to clear your thoughts and get into a positive head space – listen to a funny video online, go for a walk, call a positive friend – and then, CHOOSE a different way to think about the situation – make yourself actually find a way to feel GLAD for the person! This is possible if you make an intention effort!
If you want something a whole lot, start making intentional plans that will take you there. If you want that promotion, plan a meeting with a decision maker at work and ask what you need to do to make it happen. And then do what the person says.
Give Someone a Hand
Part of being ready to receive is being fully ready to give first. BE GENEROUS! Have you ever heard about the concept of giving money so that you can be ready to receive more? This is the same thing. And this is a way to increase the chance of “luck” for others too. Could you volunteer some time helping people build skills that come easy to you? Are you ready to offer yourself as a mentor?
If it is time for you to change your perspective or take action, and you’re not sure how to do it, click here to set up a time for a clarity session. I’ve got a few available in my schedule this week. Your friends will think you “lucky” for it!
I’d love to hear what you think about this. Please comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org