When I was 6 years old, I wanted nothing more than a puppy to call my own. For months, I begged my parents to make it happen. Even though I promised to accept all the responsibility, they said, "No".
Then, one sunny summer morning, I went with my dad to the grocery store. While he was returning the cart, I noticed a penny sparkling in the parking lot. In that moment, I was convinced it wasn't just any old penny. This was a LUCKY penny! I immediately picked it up, held it close to my chest and made my wish. When my dad returned, I showed him what I found.
Later that afternoon, my dad expressed excitement about an ad in the local newspaper. Poodle Terrier Puppies were being sold for $15, a few miles down the road. I was ecstatic and relentless about going to check them out.
Long story short, I picked the only female in the litter and she became our beloved pet, Muffin for 14 years.
My family still jokes that the lucky penny I found in the grocery store parking lot is the reason we took Muffin home that day.
Looking back, I'm not so sure it was luck. I think it was a combination of knowing and asking for what I wanted, plus believing wholeheartedly it would happen.
Luck comes easy to children. They may exclaim they're on a winning streak because they interpret the mundane as magical. Kids feel lucky when they get a tasty snack, extra time at recess or a spot in the front of the line.
As privileged adults in a First World country, we tend to take our lives for granted. Incredible things like food on the table, a reliable vehicle and solid friendships are expected instead of appreciated. Though these blessings make us extremely lucky, we make the mistake of focusing on what we lack. Even worse, we fall into the trap of blindly comparing ourselves to the faces we see on social media.
In both business and life, I'm sick of people using luck as an excuse. Truth is, your core beliefs create or block luck. You've made up, in your mind, whether or not you're 'one of the lucky ones'.
If you want to be lucky, you can decide that you are, right now. Let me show you how...
The Create Your Own Luck Process:
1.) ACCEPT: Understand that we're all born into situations that could be considered more or less advantageous. It's all relative. Accept your basic circumstances that you have no power to change.
2.) APPRECIATE: Make a list of what you absolutely cannot change. For example, your height or something that happened in the past. Next to each item on your list, jot down 1 reason why you're actually lucky to have it. Take a moment to acknowledge the blessing and be grateful.
3.) WISH: Now make a second list of what you want to and could change. Even if it seems impossible, like moving across country to live and work on a boat, write it down. You may move some items from one list to the other.
4.) CREATE: Next to each item on the second list, jot down what you could do to change it. Don't worry about being practical. I want you to have fun with this and think creatively. Wish you had more money? Perhaps you sell all your belongings and donate plasma.
5.) RECOGNIZE: You're already SO lucky! And you're not stuck. If there's a strong enough will, there's usually a way. The people you envy may have gone through extreme measures to get where they are. Consider what comforts you're willing to sacrifice. It might mean giving up your spacious 1 bedroom apartment in Minneapolis and moving in with 5 roommates so you can afford to live in New York.
6.) RELEASE: Let go of limitations and excuses about being unlucky. Be confident knowing the power is in your hands to make changes you want to see. Release the habit of comparing your life to others when you don't know the whole story. Someone else's luck doesn't take away from yours, there's enough to go around.
I hope this little exercise helped you to see and believe in your luck. You get to decide whether you consider yourself lucky or not. Be like the little kid who feels like a winner 1,000 times a day.
Have a beautiful day, you lucky rascal!
Real quick: If you're new here, hello and *hugs* from me, Greta! I started this holistic business & wellness website (gretaertl.com) and newsletter in 2015 when I was feeling miserable and unfulfilled in my corporate job. My intention was to share real life lessons and practical business advice in a soulful way. A lot has changed in 3+ years, but here's what's the same:
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