While I consider myself a lucky person, it’s that extraordinary kind of luck that catapults a person onto another plane of recognition that intrigues me. I want to know why some people seem able to get on the fast track, while others just as talented can’t make it through the door. I’ve always felt you make your own luck, but the question is how do you go about it?
One thing I know for sure, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. This means remaining focused and committed. It means maintaining a passion for my work without limiting myself. When Oprah Winfrey was asked how she explains her extraordinary luck, she answered, it was all about doing the work in advance…to be prepared when ordinary luck crossed her path. I like that.
Lucky people surround themselves with positive thinkers. They leave themselves open to new ideas and are able to relax in the face of new experiences without censoring themselves. They learn from their mistakes and are not overly sensitive. They’re intuitive and not afraid to act. Many are risk takers. A friend of mine told me organization and the ability to act on coincidences was what worked for her. She seeks out new situations where she can meet new people. Just think, many careers have been launched through chance meetings.
I prefer to surround myself with people who are goal oriented and optimistic. What you project is what you get back. This is important to remember when I’m feeling disillusioned. If I think nothing will happen, nothing will happen.
So my resolution for the new year is to keep moving forward and open myself up to new experiences no matter how much it scares me. Luck comes with the reaching for goals that keep changing as you grow.