Luck is a state of vigilance. It is to be on your toes and keep your eyes open. It is to see the opportunities and be able to incorporate them into your life. Luck is not an excuse for a failure that lies outside of us.
A psychologist, Prof. Richard Wiseman, conducts experiments about luck. He gives a newspaper to people who call themselves lucky or unlucky. He asks them to examine the paper and tell him how many photographs they see. Somewhere in the middle of the paper, there is a note covering half the page that says, “Tell the experiment supervisor that you found this note and win $250.” Those who think of themselves as unlucky don’t see it because they were looking for something else!
When we examine our lives, it’s possible to feel unlucky. However, behind our experiences, there are beliefs we unknowingly adopted from our environment and family as children, such as “life is hard,” “It’s hard to earn money,” and so on. These kinds of beliefs don’t illuminate our path at all. With these beliefs, we may live cautiously, think in boxes, and not take risks, so we may say we are unlucky. In fact, we have forgotten our part in the picture.
If life is a series of experiences, but you see yourself experiencing the same mistakes over and over, it’s because you aren’t learning the lessons you need to learn along the way. You aren’t changing the direction of the steps you’re taking. You’re very unlucky (!).
If luck is about being vigilant, now is the time to wake up! It’s time to redefine what we call luck and start living like a lucky person…