According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Luck is “the events or circumstances that operate for or against an individual”. I think we make our own luck and view the outcomes as good or bad through the lens of our life experiences. We have all had days where nothing seems to go right. A day we wake-up late, don’t have time for coffee, forget our lunch and sit stuck in traffic for an extra half-hour. 

Simple strategies to make “luck” work for you:

How to recognize Luck …

When you notice that things are going well, rarely do we hear people say, “today is such a lucky day”. Generally, people recognize experiences if they win a lottery ticket or they “lucked out” when they get the last of their favorite thing at the store. People almost always notice when things are going poorly and impacting multiple aspects of their day and use phrases such as “if it weren’t for bad luck, I would have no luck at all.” Most people tend to remember things that adversely affect them or are so positive that it rarely happens. Learning to accept and create luck are the big steps in being Lucky!

 

How to accept Luck…

Accepting luck is about accepting the gifts already in your life. Take a chance and be vulnerable. Let someone in to explore life in your shoes. This could be as simple as sharing a cup of coffee with an old friend. There is nothing better than that shared experience to catch up and know that someone cares about you and your life. This often encourages you to make more positive steps each day. Give time each day to say out loud a few things that you are grateful for. Take notice of the kindness around you. Did someone take the time to open a door for you or did someone just say “good morning” in the elevator? Kindness truly is contagious is will change your luck for the better!

 

How to create Luck…

Creating luck in your life is as simple as being diligent and focusing on the positive. It is much harder to stay upset about something when you are already in a good mood. We have all had experiences when something isn’t going as we planned. When this happens, we have a choice to create good luck or bad luck. Creating good luck is taking the positive of the day and showcasing the event in your journal or to friends. This usually results in us being able to move past our disappointments more quickly.

Starting a gratitude journal is a good way to get your mind looking for positivity in your life. The first step in making positive changes is to think and search for positivity in your daily life. Next take the time to create the best day ever. Create a list of things that you have been excited to experience and put it on the calendar. New experiences increase the endorphins in your brain and can heighten feelings about the experiences, and is a great way to connect and be vulnerable with others.

 

How to feel Lucky…

Know your worth! Start a self-esteem journal. This is for you to write down your accomplishments. Here are some examples to journal about:

  • Something I did well today…
  • Today I had fun when…
  • I felt proud when…
  • Today I accomplished…
  • I had a positive experience with…
  • Something I did for someone…

One of the ways I focus on feeling lucky is to take time to explore my values. I generally write down a value word in my journal on Monday. Each day of the week, I incorporate it into my day as either a gratitude or to identify my self-worth. This week my word is open-mindedness. I wrote in my journal times where I was proud of myself for realizing that I was not as open-minded as I should have been, and ways that I can increase my likelihood of being open-minded in the future. The more effort I spend exploring what the value word means to me, the more good luck opened up doorways for me to practice being open-minded.

I invite you to take the time, explore your values, notice what you have to be grateful for, and be vulnerable with your tattered shoes in a bed of clovers and try your luck.

 

Caress A Redd, LMHC, NCC, CCMHC

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