New Year’s Eve is a time to celebrate but also a time to hit the refresh button. We’ve all been there, brimming with optimism at the start of our resolution but then giving up even though fulfilling the resolution would have improved our lives. The latest research shows that by Jan.8, some 25 percent of resolutions have failed and by the time the year ends, less than 10 percent have been fully kept. So how can you create more luck?
The Luck Factor.
We tend to associate luck with superstition or strange forces outside our control. It’s probably time to challenge this outdated way of thinking. Tina Seeling, executive director of the Stanford Technology Ventures program and author of What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20, writes: “Lucky people don’t just pay attention to the world around them and meet interesting individuals -; they also find unusual ways to use and recombine their knowledge and experiences. Most people have remarkable resources at their fingertips, but never figure out how to leverage them. However, lucky people appreciate the value of their knowledge and their network, and tap into their goldmines as needed.” Those who feel lucky report higher levels of motivation and wellbeing, both essential for sustaining performance during tough times. So how do you cultivate your own daily luck? Follow these 3 simple rules.
1. Choose A Lucky Attitude.
In his book The Luck Factor, Researcher Richard Wiseman describes why lucky people tend to share traits that make them luckier than others. This includes the impact of chance opportunities, lucky breaks, and being in the right place at the right time. He says: “My research revealed that lucky people generate good fortune via four basic principles. They are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities, make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition, create self-fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations, and adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good.” On the flipside he says: “Those who think they’re unlucky should change their outlook and discover how to generate good fortune." The takeaway is that you can build your make-your-own-luck mindset.
2. Own Who You Are.
Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling was rejected more than 130 times before she got noticed. According to legend, one publisher even told her “not to give up the day job.” We know what happened after that. The Harry Potter series became one of the most successful film franchises ever, grossing more than $6 billion. On receiving an honorary degree from Harvard University, Rowling gave a heartfelt commencement speech titled “The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination”. She told the audience: “Ultimately, we all have to decide for ourselves what constitutes failure. But the world is quite eager to give you a set of criteria if you let it. Failure means a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself to be anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena where I believe I truly belonged. Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I built my life."
3. Don’t Be A Spectator.
The team at Red Bull Stratus is made up of the best brains in science, aerospace, medicine, and engineering. Its vision is to research human extremes and transcend human potential, something all leaders are interested in. On October 14, 2014, the valiant Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner ascended to more than 128,000 feet above New Mexico in a helium balloon before freefalling at supersonic speeds (Mach 1.24) back to earth. His record-breaking jump broke the sound barrier and recorded vital data for scientific and medical research. Baumgartner says: “Don’t live life as a spectator. Always examine life. Espouse new ideas. Long for new things, constantly discovering new interests, escaping from boring routines. Engage life with enthusiasm, grasping life aggressively and squeezing from it every drop of excitement, satisfaction, and joy. The key to unleashing life’s potential is attitude."
The truth is if we’re lucky we get to live for around 960 months only, which is just 80 years of age. Luck is a skill that can be developed. It’s about a flexibility of mind and a willingness to listen to your heart and trust your gut. Take advantage of chance occurrences, break the weekly routine, and once in a while have the courage to let go. The world is full of opportunity if you’re prepared to embrace it.
Wishing you a prosperous and lucky 2018!