Are people lucky? I’m not sure about that. The definition of luck is success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s own actions. Ever know someone who always has something happening to them? Their car gets repossessed, they go bankrupt, they are having medical problems, they are stuck in a dead-end job,etc. They think their friends and family are luckier because they have better jobs, better health, more friends, happier lives, etc. Are their friends luckier or is it their actions that have made them appear “luckier”?
I believe there is some luck but for the most part, good fortune is from hard work, not luck. Misfortune is from lack of action, more times than not. In our earliest years we learn cause and effect. Johnny, if you touch the hot stove, you will get burned. Some people grow up and have cause and effect down pat. Others, keep making the same mistakes and blame their misfortunes on “bad luck”.
If you have been feeling a bit unlucky lately, the following will 100 percent make you luckier:
- If you feel overweight, depressed, lethargic, anxious, unhealthy,etc., starting tomorrow, begin your day with exercise and eat real food instead of processed crap. Check back with us in a couple weeks and let us know how much luckier you feel! If you need a little guidance on what to eat and what not to eat, check out our podcast with author and wellness coach, Devin Burke.
- If you feel broke, and in debt, living paycheck to paycheck, start a budget. Stop spending money you don’t have. Start saving for future expenses. Cut up the credit cards. Let us know how you feel next month. I bet you feel luckier when it comes to your finances.
- If you feel unhappy, try focusing on the positive. Skip the local news and read inspirational quotes. Practice gratitude. You decide the thoughts that cross your mind. Your thoughts create your emotions. “Change your thoughts, change your world.” ~Norman Vincent Peale. “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” ~Oprah Winfrey. The more positive you are, the luckier you feel. Studies show gratitude is directly linked to happiness.
- If you feel unorganized, make a list. As soon as you write it down, it is no longer crowding your thoughts. Those tasks seem far more overwhelming if you don’t write it down. They also seem more time consuming until you actually do them. Ever procrastinate for so long to do a task, and realize it only took 20 minutes. Need a little more help with organizing your day? Download our Daily Planner.
Here are a few of our favorite luck quotes:
“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” ~Thomas Jefferson
“You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.” ~Cormac McCarthy
“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.” ~Dalai Lama
“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” ~ Seneca
The bottom line, is you have control over much of your destiny. Work hard, and get lucky.