Two men go to South Africa to see if there is a market for shoes. They arrive at a village and notice that no one is wearing shoes. One guy calls home and says, “We’re shit out of luck:( There is no demand.” The other guy calls home and says, “This is our lucky day! Everyone here needs shoes!”
Why the difference? Some of us are programmed to see “lucky opportunities,” and others are more likely to see misfortune. Why? Our reticular formation in our brainstem filters information leaving out seemingly extraneous information and drawing attention to new or “important” stimuli. Let me give you an example: Your wall gets scuffed as you are moving. It needs to be fixed, but a month goes by and now you hardly ever notice it. On the other end, say you are looking to buy a silver BMW, now everywhere you go you see silver BMWs! Oh my gosh it was meant to be! You should definitely buy one! OR, your reticular formation is on the look out for that one stimuli amongst all other cars. Its filter draws to your attention what you want to see. Darn.
This is how LUCK happens. I’ll be so bold to hypothesize that luck is neurologically wired optimism. If you are programed towards optimism then you are on the look out for new opportunities and possibilities that others can’t see. You are leaving your brain open for new patterning, unimagined possibilities. When this perspective is teamed with courage and determination then your whole life appears, “lucky.” If you or someone you know tend to be pessimistic (it’s easier to see it in others than ourselves- isn’t it!?) you are neurologically wired to live from past patterning (old paradigm) with no way to really move forward without great struggle. We all are actually wired from the past, the key with optimism is that we take what we’ve learned and mix it with a strong belief that there is a new and better way to solve a problem.
So my definition looks like this:
Luck is what happens when you open yourself up to chance with optimism, courage, and determination. Both guys stumbled onto the same situation, one saw opportunity and the other misfortune. The optimist was open to the chance of finding something great, and he does. Then for success to come from this opportunity, he must have a determined work ethic. “What a lucky guy! Right time, right place.”
1) STOP! Stop thinking, start feeling. Tune into your divine nature by slowing and deepening your breath NOW. Notice the sensations in your body.
2) Tune into faith… suggest to yourself that you are open to all the good that life has to offer.
3) Think of everything going on in your life right now- especially the drama. Don’t leave this blog spot till you’ve written down on paper what opportunity might be hiding in your challenge. Also, write down any obvious new opportunity awaiting you.
4) Now- feel what it would be like if you fulfilled the potential of this opportunity. What would the excitement feel like? Who is involved? What would your life look like? How does it feel in your body?
Feeling a new reality is how you rewire the body to be open to see new possibility and act in new ways. Practice often if needed!!
5) Keep this feeling with you as you write down your first three action steps that you will take to fulfill this opportunity.
6) Then do it!
In a short while you will hear your friends saying, “(insert your name) is so lucky.” You know that you make your own luck.
- “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more luck I have.” Thomas Jefferson
- “Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity” Oprah Winfrey
- “Luck is believing you’re lucky.” Tenesse Williams
- “Those who are out of truth say, ‘you’re lucky,’ those who are in it say, ‘you’re in consciousness.’ When you are in this realm – open to possibility to chance– ready to do the work- inspired by inner fire- you glow. You are in the synchronicity, the ‘co-inciding,’ the implicate order.” Michael Beckwith
- “Luck has a peculiar habit of favoring those who don’t depend on it.” Unattributed