Luck – Take Control and Make Your Own Luck

Sunday, 16 February, 2014

in Making a Job

Have you had a bad day?

Are you feeling down in the dumps?

Do you feel like other people have all the luck?

I’ve been there, I know how you feel, but I have found a solution. I make my own luck.

How Do You Get Lucky?

We all make our own luck all the time. If we are negative we attract bad luck. If we are positive we attract good luck. I

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know it is very difficult to be positive when all kinds of unfortunate things are happening in your life but if you want to change your luck that’s what you have to do.

What is Luck?

Random events happen to everyone, but most are not really random. Events happen as a result of something you have done.

I hear people talk about good luck in avoiding car accidents.

It’s not good luck but high-level driving skills that allow the driver to anticipate what other road users might do. It is about reading the road ahead and setting up the car for the safest route through a bend. It is about having good tyres and a well-maintained vehicle. It is about concentration, never using the phone, never driving after drinking alcohol and not playing loud music while you are driving. None of that is luck.

The only bad luck I can imagine happening to a driver is if lightning strikes his car or if a bridge suddenly collapses in an earthquake.

What about other aspects of life? The same principles apply. You can control many aspects of your life that people think are random. If you want to be in the right place at the right time you need to put yourself out there; if you are in enough places then one of them is going to turn out to be at the right time.

How Do You Make Your Own Luck?

You make the right decisions. If you realise you have made a bad decision you undo it as far as you can and start afresh. None of us get things right first time every time, but you can do better second time around.

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Talk to people in the real world

Talk to People

Luck often involves talking to the right people. That is only going to happen if you talk to lots of people; some of them will make good things happen for you. If you do not talk to people then why should any of them help you in any way?

Help People

I would go further and say that you need to help others, to pay it forward. Where’s the logic in that, you ask? I think it just makes you a better person, someone who is less wrapped up in himself and who others will see as being someone to associate with.

Lucky people all live like this; if you want to attract good luck then you must live by the same rules.

Make the Right Choices

Use your time wisely, constructively. There is a massive amount of knowledge out there that you need to learn. This is just as important as getting out there and meeting people.

Rather than reading a magazine or newspaper try downloading a self-improvement book or talking to the people around you.

Rather than updating your Facebook status take notice of the things that are happening all around you, the things you miss because you are engrossed in your online “social life”.

Rather than watching soap operas on television log on to TED.com or Upworthy.com for inspiring videos and stories.

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Make your own luck

Take Control of Your Luck

You will always have good luck and bad luck. The thing is to grasp every element of good luck and make the most of it, use it to increase the likelihood of more good things happening. When bad luck happens just shrug it off and move on.

How Lucky Am I?

I count myself as lucky enough. I lost my job in 2010 and now realise that was the best thing that could have happened to me. I have grown mentally since being forced to generate my own income. I have networked and helped people and my life is richer for having met those people. Every penny I have earned in the past four years has come from people I have met online, people I have helped.

How Lucky Are You?

Are you ready to take control of Lady Luck, to increase the probability of good things happening in your life?

You have made a start by reading this. The next step is up to you. Can you change your unlucky habits and learn new, lucky ones?

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Phil Turner is a writer from Cork in Ireland. He helps people to improve their lives and to realise their entrepreneurial dreams.

Phil organises conferences and seminars where he helps participants to change their dreams of a better life into reality. Follow Phil on Twitter @Philtrate and on Google G+.

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1 Ivana Zuber February 16, 2014 at 19:07

Thanks so much for this inspiring post Phil. I agree with every word.

I too believe that we are all creators of our own happiness and luck. If you work hard, stay in a creative and not competitive mind, and spread kindness and joy, you will attract luck and wealth.

I believe in the law of attraction, but not in some mystical way, but in a way you explained in this post. If you think and act in a positive way, good things will come your way.

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2 Phil February 16, 2014 at 19:10

Thanks Ivana – Yes I read “The Secret” too. The Law of Attraction is real, even if people do not believe in it.

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3 Ivana Zuber February 16, 2014 at 19:46

I love “The Secret” :), and I love listening and reading ‘self-improvement’ books, as corny as it may be. Whenever I’m feeling down or overwhelmed I turn on Anthony Robbins or Bob Proctor and feed my mind with positive thoughts.

Some people are ‘positive’ by nature (like my husband, that man didn’t have a negative thought in his entire life :) ), but I need a push from time to time – I admit that.

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4 Phil February 18, 2014 at 10:11

Many people mock those who have a positive outlook, Ivana, but it is themselves they are knocking back with every negative remark.

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5 Don Sturgill February 16, 2014 at 19:20

Love it, Phil: “I lost my job in 2010 and now realise that was the best thing that could have happened to me. ” … so often, we curse circumstance, rather than look for the blessing it delivers. Attitude can make all the difference.

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6 Phil February 18, 2014 at 10:09

Yes Don, at the time it caused me to be ill with depression (a terrible illness that I never really believed in until I had it). I was worried about losing my house, everything. Someone who wasn’t being made redundant said that maybe I would be glad it had happened eventually. I thought at the time she was just trying to cheer me up, but it really was good for me.

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7 Shannon February 16, 2014 at 19:24

I know all too well about the negative conversation one has with oneself lol. The inner voice that knows it all, sees it all, has done it all and tells you that whatever it is you are considering to do won’t work, and why. Sometimes known as my Mother lol.

It’s a very difficult thing to remain positive when you have a chronic illness. Thank goodness I still have my sense of humor. I’d far rather laugh at things, than cry over them. Still, I know I can do better. So I keep on trying anyway. I truly believe as you do Phil, you need to make your own luck.

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8 Phil February 16, 2014 at 19:31

Thanks Shannon – You do a great job of remaining positive Shannon. You are an inspiration and I cannot say better than that.

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9 Alex February 16, 2014 at 19:25

The law of attraction makes a lot of sense, but personally I take it a step further because I do add a mystical layer to it. This blog post gave me an idea because it mentions time; thanks Phil. It’s a truth we all know deep down: Speaking with the right people is a huge time-saver! Consultants should never forget to market this undeniable point to potential customers.

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10 Phil February 16, 2014 at 19:33

Thanks Alex – You are so right. Time is the only real thing that we all have to work with. We need to use each 24 hour batch of time to the full rather than “passing time”. It saddens me when I hear people talk of “passing the time” on social media or watching mindless TV

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11 Shannon February 16, 2014 at 21:35

I hear you Phil! I haven’t watched tv on purpose for years. Beyond the odd glance when the hubby sees something he’s watching he wants to share. If I want to watch tv programs, I watch them online because I enjoy them – like a good book. But minus the advertising and commercials thank you very much!

If I’m not learning new things every day, or somehow expressing my creative nature, I’m dying a little inside. Really! I *crave* knowledge. Stuff things into my head as fast as possible please lol! And then hope I retain some of it haha.

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12 Phil February 18, 2014 at 10:19

Like you Shannon I make positive decisions in everything I do. If something is worth watching on TV then it is worth switching the TV on for. I don’t watch or listen to the news on the principle that my knowing about it will not affect what is happening. I also resent the fact that all the important things that are happening in the World today are deemed to be boring by the editorial team who decide what goes into the 30 minute slot. I will not be dictated to in any way.

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