Friday the 13th - time to make your own luck!

You may have noticed that today it is Friday the 13th.

In many cultures, this day is considered to be of bad luck. Apparently some people even refuse to get out of bed in case any bad luck strikes them!

There is even a name for the fear of Friday the 13th – paraskavedekatriaphobia, a word derived from the concatenation of the Greek words for Friday, thirteen, and phobia.

It is also spelt in various different ways – paraskevodekatriaphobia or paraskevidekatriaphobia or friggatriskaidekaphobia. You might even suffer from triskaidekaphobia, a phobia of the number thirteen!

There has been many a morning when I have wished I could just stay in bed, read and just chill out. But alas there is no rest for anyone who wants to change the world dramatically in their lifetime:-)

Nice though it would be to just stay in bed and keep our heads under a blanket in case of bad luck, we do have to just get out there and do those things that really matter in our lives. That way we will surely get “lucky” one day.

Do you believe in being lucky or do you go out and make your own luck?

Or do you believe in making your own luck?

Luck may play a part in our lives, but it really is up to each one of us to create our lives with clarity, intention and focus, rather than relying on just fate or luck.

At the same time, have you noticed how some people just seem to make good things happen for themselves? Such people are invariably described as lucky. Conversely, other people seem to keep struggling, hard as much as they try to succeed.

So what is it about some people that makes them more lucky than others?

I have looked at a number of factors that makes people lucky and have distilled them down to 3 keys to being lucky:-

1. Be Positive and Optimistic

Would you rather be around a happy positive person or a grouch?

No matter what is going on for you, by adopting a more positive approach to life will bring forth better circumstances sooner rather than later.

Smile as much as possible – smiling and looking happy helps, even if sometimes you might not be feeling that positive or upbeat.

I am not advocating going around all day with a goofy, false smile glued on your face, but by genuinely trying to be happy and cheerful even though you may feel like you are carrying the world’s burdens on your back.

Expect good things to happen to you – and they will.

Also being optimistic and positive allows you to turn around any negative situation in your life ultimately to your advantage.

2. Get out There and Take Action!

People who are seen to be lucky are open to experimenting, being out there and trying new things.

Clearly you need to be out there in the world amongst people if you are to attract lucky things in your life. There has been a whole school of thinking built up how one just has to visualise something and then sit back expecting good things to fall in your lap.

Yes, it is good to get clarity about what you want and visualise what you want, but you still have to get off your backside!

“Good luck is another name for tenacity of purpose.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Of course if you are already optimistic and positive, you will be much more open to new ideas and situations in your life.

Take inspired action and follow up any “coincidences” – and you will create your own opportunities for luck in your life.

Speaking of coincidences, do check out this excellent article about increasing your coincidence factor from my friend Steven Aitchinson

3. Follow your Intuition

We all have lucky hunches but often do you follow them through? I could share some great stories about my lucky hunches paying off, and I am sure you have your own stories too.

Please do share your stories about lucky hunches in the comments section below – we would all love to read them.

However, what about the times you didn’t follow up on a hunch? What luck could you have had then?

So it is about following up on more and more hunches that you may have rather than letting pass you by.

The question is how can we have more of these lucky hunches?

The answer is to quieten your mind – such as through meditation, walks in nature and spending time on your own.

Find the method that works for you and you will soon find more insights flashing into your consciousness.

At the same time, do not get hung up about hunches not showing up – it is all about taking a light-hearted approach

Give luck a chance to find you.

To summarise, it really is up to you to simply go out and make your own luck and create the life you want.

By applying the above suggestions, you will simply be giving “luck” a helping hand.

At the end of the day, pure luck does play a part in our lives such as when you hear about lottery winners winning millions.

Winning the lottery really is a luck thing and no matter how heavy the odds are against you winning the jackpot, you do have a chance, albeit a small one.

Every week someone does win and it could well be you. But in line with what I discussed above, you still have to do your bit by actually buying a lottery ticket!

So on this day of paraskavedekatriaphobia, why not give yourself a chance of a lucky break and actually buy a lottery ticket?

If nothing else, the charitable causes supported by the lottery fund will benefit:-)

Good luck!

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