Tag: unlucky

Who do you think you are ?

I wonder what you thought when you read my last post on the psychology of luck. Basically Professor Wiseman demonstrated that those that think they are lucky, are …. and those that think they are unlucky, are too!

Perhaps this started you reflecting on all those thoughts and judgements you have about yourself and what self fulfilling prophesies are being set up in your life.

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Maybe you were inspired to start questioning these thoughts and beliefs or instead did you wonder if the people in Professor Wiseman’s study were born that way and this is just their basic personality. Did you decide that there are two types of people in the world, lucky thinkers and unlucky thinkers, and there is not much you can do about which group you are in?

That is why I wanted to write more about Professor Wiseman’s work because his psychological study didn’t just stop at observation. Once he identified the unlucky people he devised a plan of psychological exercises and therapy which he called Luck School.

He identified four basic principles that lucky people use to create good fortune in their lives.

Principle One: Maximise Chance Opportunities
Lucky people are skilled at creating, noticing and acting upon chance opportunities. They do this in various ways, including networking, adopting a relaxed attitude to life and by being open to new experiences.

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Principle Two: Listening to Lucky Hunches
Lucky people make effective decisions by listening to their intuition and gut feelings. In addition, they take steps to actively boost their intuitive abilities by, for example, meditating and clearing their mind of other thoughts.

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Principle Three: Expect Good Fortune
Lucky people are certain that the future is going to be full of good fortune. These expectations become self-fulfilling prophecies by helping lucky people persist in the face of failure, and shape their interactions with others in a positive way.

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Principle Four: Turn Bad Luck to Good
Lucky people employ various psychological techniques to cope with, and often even thrive upon, the ill fortune that comes their way. For example, they spontaneously imagine how things could have been worse, do not dwell on ill fortune, and take control of the situation – often referred to glass half full thinking.

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Prof Wiseman then developed techniques that addressed all four principles and helped the unlucky people think and behave like a lucky person. The efficacy of these techniques has been scientifically tested in a series of psychology experiments referred to as ‘luck school’. The project proved highly successful, with almost all participants reporting significant life changes, including increased levels of luck, self-esteem, confidence and success.

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Does this inspire you to change how you think ?

Always remember that famous saying of Henry Ford….

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