For those of you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this week, you’ve probably got one thing on your mind. No, not the color green, 4-leaf clovers, or drinking beer!
You’re thinking about luck.
Luck isn’t reserved for Irish folks or those who were born under some auspicious sign. And it’s not just for your rival who seems destined to succeed no matter how much you glare at her and mutter about how everything goes her way. Grr!
If you’re having a hard time right now, I want you to know that you’re a lucky person too.
Really! Even if your business is struggling, or if your day job is crushing your spirit, or if your personal life is such a mess that you simply want to crawl under the covers and sleep for a week.
We all have luck inside us, and we all have the power to attract more happiness into our lives. This is what life editing can do for you—deleting what’s not working so that you have room for what’s been missing.
Are you ready to get lucky?
Here are 7 secrets of lucky people that you can steal for yourself!
They Practice Gratitude
Step 1 of the Life Editing Process is Create a Foundation and that means focusing on gratitude so that you have the energy to keep moving forward.
Things might not be how you want them to be right now, but there ARE things that are going right in your life, even if it’s not a lot.
Lucky people keep gratitude journals, are thankful for the blessings in their lives (big and small!), and appreciate what’s working for them. Gratitude attracts more luck.
They Expect Good Things
Let’s say you stubbed your toe getting out of bed, spilled coffee down the front of your blouse, and got stuck in traffic for an hour. Ugh! It must be a crappy day, right?
Wrong! Your thoughts are powerful, and if you expect bad things to happen to you, then you’ll have more bad things happen to you.
Or to put it another way, you’ll notice the bad things more than the good things, so they’ll take up space in your mind and convince you that the whole world is out to get you. This is not true, by the way.
Lucky people wake up in the morning energized because they expect wonderful things to happen to them. They’re excited about who they might meet or what unexpected bits of happiness might come into their lives.
They train themselves to notice the good, not the bad.
They Focus on Their Own Pot of Gold
This week, one of my clients said that she was thinking of giving up her jewelry business because there are so many other jewelry makers out there. “The market is full!” she cried.
But just because there are other people doing what you want to do, doesn’t mean that there’s no room for you and your big idea.
Last time I checked, there were approximately 100 bajillion life coaches in the world. But I’ve had a ton of luck and oodles of success in my business by focusing on what I have to offer and ignoring the competition.
I admit it’s not always easy, but lucky people focus on growing their own pot of gold instead of comparing their treasure to everyone else’s.
They Have Selective Hearing
In the same vein as concentrating on yourself and not what other people are doing, you also need to tune out what other people are saying. When you start to shine brightly, sometimes haters pop up who want to extinguish your flame.
I recently got an email from a troll who said my worksheets look “unprofessional and cheap.” That was it. No offer to design better worksheets for me or advice on how to improve my skills—just a cheap shot from a jealous hater.
So what did I do? I hit delete and continued on my merry way. In fact, I designed a digital guidebook (7 Days to an Edited Blog) with 14 brand new worksheets in my same “unprofessional and cheap” style.
And then I sold more than 200 copies in a month. How do you like dem apples?
Lucky people have selective hearing. They listen to well-meaning friends and coaches, and they ignore the haters.
They Have Lucky Charms
I’m not talking about a sugar-packed breakfast cereal (but hey, if that works for you then go for it). I mean affirmations, mantras, trinkets, and other things that you believe contain lucky energy.
I have a bunch of positive affirmations that I recite every morning including my favorite, “Everything goes right for me.” I also have a mala bead necklace my coach gave me, and even a pair of lucky panties. TMI?
Athletes are known for having lucky rituals or lucky socks they wear just for game days. What favorite items or routines do you have?
Lucky people don’t feel like they need to carry life’s burdens all by themselves. A lucky charm can help ease your mind so you can focus on what you need to do next.
They Chase Rainbows
TLC sang about not chasing waterfalls, but chasing rainbows is A-OK in my book. A rainbow is magical and never ending…just like the journey of your life, career, or business.
You should always be pushing yourself just a little further than what you believe is possible (and what others believe is possible for you). Life editing never ends because your life is always changing!
Lucky people aren’t content to watch their dreams pass by from a distance. They chase after them even if it seems impossible.
They Make Their Own Luck
Aw, you knew this one was coming. Lucky people aren’t born lucky, nor do they have luck bestowed upon them by a magical unicorn. That only happened to me.
Lucky people make their own luck by working their asses off every day. No matter what their goals are—a promotion at work, a 6-figure business, a healthy body, a loving family—they know that they are in control of their outcomes.
When you believe that you’re a lucky person and then focus your energy on attracting lucky circumstances, you’ll be rewarded with what you want or something even better!
Do you believe that you’re a lucky person?
In the comments below, share one thing you can do this week to increase your luck.
This post focuses on Step 3 of the Life Editing Process, Add Good Habits and Routines. For more about life editing and what it can do for you, click here.