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Luck Is In the Eye of the Beholder

Jun 27, 2008
"Luck? I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it, and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work -- and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't." --Lucille Ball

How much of your success in business and in life would you ascribe to luck? If you're anything like the 400 richest people in the world polled by Forbes Magazine, none said their wealth was obtained entirely by luck, but a few thought it was a minor factor.

Unless you've won the lottery or were left a huge inheritance by a wealthy aunt, odds are you've worked hard to get where you are. If you're a student of mine, I am absolutely positive that you've put a lot of intention, energy, thought and work into your current situation.

All that said, however, I believe wholeheartedly in the power of attracting what you want. I believe I am lucky. I wouldn't say all of what I've achieved in life is a result of luck, by any stretch of the imagination, but I would say that I have noticed an increase in luck as I have begun to pay attention to it's benefits and presence in my life. It's like anything else, the more we use it, the more we enhance it, the more of it we will receive.

For the past eight years a man named Richard Wiseman has studied what makes some people lucky and others not. Mr. Wiseman is the head of the psychology department at the University of Hertfordshire in England. He believes after thousands of interviews and experiments, he has finally figured out the key to being lucky. Not surprisingly (to me, at least) this is the same thing that is behind the law of attraction.

Lucky people think and behave in ways that create more luck and good fortune in their lives. This is at their very core. This is the same way people who consider themselves money magnets, magnetize money or freak magnets, magnetize freaks. Whether conscious or subconsciously, they are absolutely attracting what they are putting out in the world.

Playwright Tennessee Williams said it best, "Luck is believing you're lucky."

As the bible tells us, as you sow, so shall you reap. Your thoughts, feelings, intentions, deeds, and expectations, whether they be good or bad, will repay you in kind. I once heard someone say, "I've never won anything. I'm simply not lucky." This person will never be lucky because that is their expectation.

I've heard many people say, "I've always been unlucky in love." Are they ever going to find that elusive love connection? No. Because their thoughts are not in congruity with what they want.

I cam across a great blog while I was doing some research on luck -- "How to Be Lucky" at http://www.problogger.net/archives/2006/03/14/how-to-be-lucky/. There's some really valuable pointers on how to increase your luck (ironically or not given as a list of 13 factors).

I would highly suggest that if you've never considered yourself a lucky person, it's time to reorient yourself to draw more luck into your life.
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Kenrick Cleveland teaches techniques to earn the business of affluent prospects using persuasion. He runs public and private seminars and offers home study courses and coaching programs in persuasion techniques.
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