Dave Meltzer discusses the components of luck

Create Your Own Luck: Be Lucky and Good

Luck is an Accumulation of Good Habits

One of the biggest compliments that people try to give me is “You’re so lucky. You’ve got it all.”

Fortunately, I do not have the need to be offended, but telling someone they’re lucky can be considered very offensive. It can take away the credit for the important accomplishments they’ve had and ignores the key components of luck. I believe there is a formula for good luck, and it is one which entrepreneurs like Karl Fischer, who was the richest man on earth three different times and went bankrupt in between, know about. And that is:

What helps luck is a habit of watching for opportunities, of having a patient, but restless mind, of sacrificing one’s ease or vanity, of uniting a love of detail to foresight, and of passing through hard times bravely and cheerfully.  -Charles Victor Cherbuliez

Gut Feelings

Did you know that, according to The Millionaire Next Door, the average millionaire goes bankrupt 3.5 times in his or her life? The most successful individuals have a mindset to push past short-term loss, like Fisher’s early (and deadly) failures with his first racetrack surface. We all know that effective habits are the integration of skills, knowledge, and desire. This combination helps to you to feel “lucky”. What skills do you need? Believe it or not, there are only two skills that you absolutely need; awareness and gratitude.

Lucky Enough to be Aware

Lucky people make effective decisions by listening to their intuition and gut feelings. Those people are aware! In addition, if you take steps to effectively boost your intuitive abilities by meditating, for example, this will allow you to vibrate faster. If you vibrate faster, you can be aware of more. That’s because you can only be aware of that which vibrates equal to or less than you.

Gratitude as a Skill

People who consider themselves lucky are also gracious, which is the second skill you need. If you’re gracious, you will have a different perspective that your past was great, your present is better, and your future is even brighter. Lucky people are certain the future is going to be full of good fortune. These expectations become self-fulfilling prophecies by helping lucky people persist in the face of failure and shape their interactions with others in a positive way.

Proof Positive (Thinking)

Research suggests that Olympic athletes who win a bronze medal are actually happier with their performance than those who win a silver medal. This is an example of gratitude because the bronze medal athletes’ perceptions shape their reality in a positive fashion. The silver medalists tend to focus on the notion that if they just would have performed slightly better, they would have won gold. In contrast, the bronze medalist focused on the thought that if they had performed just slightly worse, they wouldn’t have won anything at all.

Accountability becomes Profitability

Knowledge is the second integration of effective habits and that knowledge comes with accountability. Lucky people employ various accountability techniques to cope with and often even thrive upon the ill fortune that comes their way. For example, they think about what they did to attract this misfortune into their life. They also consider what they are supposed to learn from their experience, and do not dwell on the ill fortune. Accountable people do not stumble on the speed bumps behind them, they take control of the situation. They’re liberated with knowledge that derives from accountability.

Desire to be Lucky

Desire is enthusiasm, it comes from the Greek enthousiasmos, which consists of the root words “theos” (god) and “en” (in). Enthusiasm literally means “God within”.  This is the inspiration, which connects us to goodness, God, Jesus, Mohammed, or whatever inspires you to be your best self. Whatever you desire for your life to be, you need to be inspired to achieve it. You need to think about what you want and then utilize your imagination principles to become inspired or enthusiastic about what you’re doing.

Luck Recognizes Opportunity

Lucky people are skilled at creating, noticing, and acting upon chance opportunities. They do this in various ways including networking, adopting a relaxed attitude towards life, and being open to new experiences.

In other words, they are getting out of their own way using those imagination principles to make their possibilities into probabilities. Lucky people generate their own good fortune using skills, knowledge, and desire. They are aware and gracious. They are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities and create self-fulfilling prophecies via a positive perspective. Vibrating faster through meditation and gaining more knowledge through accountability allow people to make lucky decisions. Learning from everything we attract that transforms our bad luck into good luck. Finally, when we’re enthusiastic we have the desire to connect to goodness and make all of our possibilities into probabilities with that enthusiasm and desire. This makes luck an effective habit and our daily reality.

By: Dave Meltzer

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