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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

#3. The Luck Factor by Dr. Richard Wiseman

I love riding my bike around Sacramento.

I love looking through the free libraries around Sacramento.

So on Sunday, I picked up the book called...

The Luck Factor

Changing your luck, changing your life:

The 4 essential principles.

It's blue and yellow with a hint of red on the cover and it was a great read.

It talked about how we all receive luck in our lives but it's our choice on whether its good luck or bad luck.

After reading this book I decided to make everything that has happened to me in my life lucky.

My energy level soared and I started enjoying life more.

"If an unlucky man sold umbrellas,
it would stop raining;
if he sold candles, the sun would never set;
and if he made coffins, people would stop dying."
-Yiddish saying

"Throw a lucky man in the sea and he will come up with a fish in his mouth."
-Arab proverb

Do you believe your life as lucky or unlucky?


And what would happen if you decided that everything that happened to you was good luck?

"Somewhere along the line I made the switch and was able to look at the bright side rather than the dark side all the time. Now I look at everything and think how lucky I am."
-Michelle Pfeiffer

Principle 1: Maximize your chance opportunities.

Lucky people create, notice and act upon the chance opportunities in their lives.

Lucky people build and maintain a strong "network of luck".

Make a real effort to connect with more people, use your body language appropriately to attract people to you, and stay in touch with friends and colleagues.

Principle 2: Listen to your hunches.

Lucky people make a successful decision by using their intuition and gut feelings.

The only thing wrong with intuition is if you don't listen to it.

Lucky people listen to their intuition and use it as an alarm bell- a good reason to stop and consider the situation carefully. Many lucky people also take steps to actively boost their intuitive abilities by meditating and clearing their minds of other thoughts. They have the confidence to trust their inner voices and develop their intuitive feelings. In doing so, they reap the benefits of a lucky life full of successful decisions.

Lucky people listen to their "inner voice"

Lucky people take steps to boost their intuition.

Principle 3: Expect good fortune.

Lucky people's expectations about the future help them fulfill their dreams and ambitions.

Everyone wants to be healthy.

Lucky people expect their good luck to continue in the future.

Lucky people are convinced that these sorts of unpredictable and uncontrollable events will consistently work out for them.

Lucky people think that if their flight arrived on time in the past, then it will arrive on time in the future.

Lucky people see any bad luck in their lives as being very short-lived.

Our expectations have a powerful effect on the way in which we think, feel and act. They can influence our health, how we behave toward others, and how others behave toward us.

Lucky people attempt to achieve their goals, even in their chances of success seem slim, and persevere in the face of failure.

Lucky people's expectations about the future did not encourage them to engage in risky behavior. Instead, their positive expectations motivated them to take control of their lives.

Lucky people expect to be healthy and well in the future and they expect to be extremely fortunate.

People with more positive expectations about the future tend to take steps to ensure a healthy lifestyle. They exercise more, eat a balanced diet, take appropriate preventative measure and pay attention to medical advice.

Lucky people expect their interactions with others to be lucky and successful.

In the workplace, lucky people expect those around them to be productive and competent, and they expect their meetings to be successful and profitable.

In short, the interviewer's expectations affected the way in which the job applicants behaved. Positive expectations helped elicit the best from people, while negative expectations brought out the worst.

If I want something, I dream it through.

I would dream that I was wining it and receiving the prize.

Lucky people have very positive expectations about the future.

Convince yourself that your future will be bright and lucky.

Instead, it all comes down to her lucky expectations.

She expects the people that she meets to be pleasant, friendly, and helpful.
Visualize yourself experiencing good fortune.

Close your eyes and relax. Take a deep breath. In your mind's eye, imagine yourself in the forthcoming situation. Think about the surroundings, the people who will probably be there, the sights and sounds that you are likely to encounter.

Now imagine yourself being lucky and successful in the situation. if you are visualizing a job interview, imagine yourself coming across as competent and knowledgeable.

If you are thinking about a date, imagine yourself being confident and relaxed. If you are about to face a difficult meeting, imagine everyone being friendly and cooperative.

Think about what you will be wearing and how you want to behave.

Most important of all, focus on how you expect to be lucky and achieve your goals.

Now, slowly open your eyes and make your expectations a reality.

Principle 4: turn bad luck into good

Lucky people are able to transform their bad luck into good fortune.

Lucky people have an uncanny way of transforming their misfortune into amazing good fortune.

Lucky people see the positive side of their bad luck.

Lucky people tend to imagine spontaneously how the bad luck they encounter could have been worse, and in doing so, they feel much better about themselves and their lives.

Lucky people are convinced that any ill-fortune in their lives will, in the long run, work out for the best.

Many lucky people share the farmer's attitude toward the bad luck that they encounter. When they look back on their lives they often focus their attention on the benefits that flowed from their ill fortune.

Lucky people use this concept to soften the emotional impact of the ill fortune in their lives. By looking back and focusing on the positive things that resulted from their apparent bad luck in the past, they feel better about themselves and the future. If bad luck happens to them, they take the long view and expect things to work out well in the end.

Lucky people do not dwell on their ill fortune.

They let go of the past and focus on the future.

When people concentrate on positive events from their past, they fell much happier.

Mood also affects memory.

Lucky people take constructive steps to prevent more bad luck in the future.

So, Lucky people persist and have more constructive responses in the face of failure.


Lucky people imagine how things could have been worse and they compare themselves to people who are unluckier than themselves.

They take the long view and assume that something positive will come from their bad luck.

They don't dwell on the ill fortune that they have encountered.

They assume that there is something they can do about their ill fortune- they persist, think about lateral ways around the problem, and learn from their mistakes.

Turn bad luck into good.

Lucky people see the positive side of their bad luck.

Lucky people are convinced that any ill-fortune in their lives will, in the long run, work out for the best.

Lucky people don't dwell on their ill fortune.

Lucky people take constructive steps to prevent more bad luck in the future.

Do what lucky people to- take control of the situation and tackle the problem in a constructive way.

Moral of the story: Luck is a state of mind.

Confession of a drive addict: I guess I didn't consider myself lucky.

By now that I do... I feel as if my luck will magnify.

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