Getting Lucky

Posted by on Jun 23, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off on Getting Lucky

Getting Lucky

Do you consider yourself to be a lucky person?  Do events in your life seem to unfold to your benefit?  If so, it may not be up to chance but due in large part to your own abilities to create luck for yourself.  This is great news for those who consider themselves to be on bad terms with Lady Fortune.  Just as we look to shift our way of thinking about the self or the body in our yoga practice, we can also look to shift the way in which we see ourselves and choose to interact out in the world.

When we play it safe and live within the grooves carved deep by our old patterns, we spin our wheels.  Our issues remain our issues, our plights don’t change.  But neither does our fortune.  Shifting to new places on the mat, in your mind, in the world, opens doors to new opportunities, and that is where luck lives.

“Lucky people generate their own 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.”

1)  They vary their routines often, which subjects them to new people and new opportunities, often affording them benefits.

2)  They use intuition rather than superstition

3)  They believe that good things happen to them, a psychology that may lead them to accept opportunities more (fear change less, accept possibilities more), leading to greater luck

4)  They recognize that bad things sometimes happen and don’t magnify the power that these bad things bring to their lives.  They are thus more resilient and able to return to their positive states quicker than people who believe that they experience nothing but bad luck.”

So many of us are afraid of change or tend to resist it.  Who knows what unforeseen challenges lurk there?  What I love about this whole idea is the emphasis on resiliency.  Yes, it is good to break patterns, say yes more often, vary your routine and stir the stagnant waters, but it is not enough.  You can guarantee that each of us will at some point have to overcome obstacles as we step out and experience the world.  What sets us apart in the end is that some of us choose to wallow in despair (and it is indeed a choice), believing that a poor outcome is inevitable and defining while others tighten the bootstraps and understand that this is the stuff of life.  Rather than identifying with the struggle see it as the texture that paves the way.

Time to get lucky!

The quoted material is from “The Luck Factor”, by Richard Wisemen published in “The Skeptical Inquirer”, 2003.

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