Wednesday 13 February 2013

Can We Make Our Own Luck?

Some people seem to be born lucky - they meet their soul mates at a young age, achieve their ambitions, find the perfect jobs, and live happy lives....does this sound familiar?

Dr Richard Wiseman, a British psychologist, has conducted a lot of research in his attempt to find out why some people are 'luckier' than others. After interviewing hundreds of people, Wiseman came to the conclusion that people who THINK they are lucky achieve more success than those who don't. Without realizing it, they are creating good fortune in their lives. In other words, you are what you think.

Muovo would like to share with you Dr Wiseman's four techniques below in his attempt to justify why some people tend to be so lucky. Use these techniques to increase your own good fortune and possibly enhance your job prospects!

1. Lucky people make the most of their opportunities.
Be open to new experiences and vary your routine. For example, if you normally wake up at 8.00 a.m. and rush off to work, without having a decent breakfast and time to wash your face, try to sleep in 30 minutes earlier and wake up at 7.30 a.m. instead.
Tip: Make a list of five new experience you would like to try. For instance, a new restaurant or cafeteria, watching your favourite sport game live, learning a new language, and so on. Number the experiences 1-5. Throw a dice and whatever experience is chosen, go out and do it.

2. Lucky people trust their instinct.
When you are trying to decide what to do, first make an effort to relax. Then when your mind is clear, listen to what it is telling you and act on it.
Tip: If you are trying to decided between two options, write one of them down in the form of a letter. For example, if you are unhappy in a relationship, try to write down and explain to your partner why you would like to end the relationship. Leave it in a safe place somewhere (be careful here!) and read it again a day or two later. If something doesn't feel quite right, don't send it.

3. Lucky people expect to be lucky.
Convince yourself that your future will bring you happiness and luck. Set realistic but high goals; be ambitious but not over-ambitious - know where your boundaries are. If you don't succeed at once, don't give up, but try, try again.
Tip: Make a list of your goals and ambitions. List all the advantages you would get if you achieved your goals, and the disadvantages. Compare the advantages and disadvantages, weighing all your options carefully, and then you will identify the goals that are really worth trying to achieve.

4. Lucky people use bad luck to their advantage.
If something bad happens, as it is bound to from time to time, imagine how things could have been WORSE. You will soon realise how things aren't as bad as you might have thought. Compare your situation with other people who are in an even worse situation. Learn from your past mistakes and think of new ways of solving your problems.
Tip: When you experience bad luck, first cry or scream for a couple of minutes (or hours if need be). Then put your bad luck behind you. Do something instead to make the situation better; for instance, ask friends for advice and focus on a solution to the problem. Others, however, might prefer to go for a long, relaxing walk or listen to music. Find your best method to release all your negative emotions!

We wish you the best of luck!

Nikita Pisani at Muovo


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