LUCK FACTOR – Are You Feeling Lucky? If you want to increase your luck there is scientific way to do that. Read on if you want to know how to get more lucky…
The Luck Project was originally conceived to scientifically explore psychological differences between people who considered themselves exceptionally lucky and unlucky. This initial work was funded by The Leverhulme Trust and undertaken by Dr. Richard Wiseman in collaboration with Dr. Matthew Smith and Dr. Peter Harris. To explore the subject more read ‘The Luck Factor’ by Dr. Richard Wiseman.
“Fortune favours the prepared mind.” Louis Pasteur
Dr. Wiseman has since built upon this initial work by identifying the four basic principles used by lucky people to create good fortune in their lives, and developing techniques that enable individuals to enhance their own good luck.
This research has involved working with hundreds of exceptionally lucky and unlucky people, and has employed various methods – including psychometric questionnaires, laboratory experiments and extensive interviewing – to better understand the psychology of luck.
Luck is: being in the right place, at the right time, doing the right things. But how? By being in the right state of mind (which is in our control).
The results of this work reveal that people are not born lucky. Instead, lucky people are, without realising it, using 4 basic principles to create good fortune in their lives.
1. Maximise Chance Opportunities
Lucky people are skilled at creating, noticing and acting upon chance opportunities. They do this in various ways, including
1a) building and maintaining a strong ‘network of luck’, (research suggests that social connections are critical for success, health and happiness in life – check six-degrees of separation concept which states that everyone and everything that you want or need is just six or fewer steps away – we’re living in a small world where everything and everyone is connected to one another)
1b) adopting a relaxed attitude to life and by
1c) being open to new experiences in their life.
The classic story of boats and helicopters is a good examples of how un-lucky people miss opportunities.
2. Listening to Lucky Hunches
Lucky people make effective decisions by listening to their intuition and gut feelings. In addition, they take steps to
2a) listen to their gut feelings and hunches,
2b) actively boost their intuitive abilities by, for example, meditating and clearing their mind of other thoughts, reflecting on their hunches, focusing, learning to dowse, etc
3. Expect Good Fortune
Lucky people are certain that 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. In addition, their
3a) expect their good fortune to continue in the future
3b) attempt to achieve their goals, even if their chances of success seem slim, and persevere in the face of failure
3c) expect their interactions with others to be lucky and successful.
4. Turn Bad Luck to Good
Lucky people employ various psychological techniques to cope with, and often even thrive upon, the ill fortune that comes their way. For example, they
4a) spontaneously imagine how things could have been worse – see the positive side of their bad luck,
4b) are convinced that any ill fortune in their life will, in the long run, work out for the best, (they understand and apply the yin-yang principle in their lives) A good example is Borja, a small town in Spain which was saved by botched restoration of century-old Christian ‘Ecce Homo’ fresco of Jesus
4c) do not dwell on the ill fortune,
4d) take control of the situation and constructive steps to prevent more bad luck in the future.
The most recent research has shown that these four principles can be used to enhance the amount of good fortune that people experience in their lives.
More on the luck factor: http://www.oprah.com/article/spirit/inspiration/200902_omag_making_your_own_luck
BBC Online article on Prof Wiseman’s luck research
Fast Company article on The Luck Factor in business.
The Daily Telegraph reports on an experiment on connectivity and luck.
Report on Prof Wiseman’s work exploring luck and superstition.
Remember: determination, persistence and patience will get you there… never give up