How to Plan for Luck

strategy Jun 17, 2022

Luck is fickle. You might find a fifty-dollar bill on the sidewalk and then get drenched in gutter water from a car driving by when you pick it up. 

The definition of luck is "success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one's own actions."

But luck is one of those things nobody will ever fully understand, so we're free to make of it what we will.

I think there are bigger forces at play we can learn to use to our advantage, and today, I want to talk about how to build the business and life you wish you were lucky enough to have.

What is Luck & How Do You Get It?

How many times have you heard someone say "oh, they just got lucky" when talking about someone they think is more successful than they are?

Luck is generally perceived as a feeling of hopelessness. It seems to be the difference between fame and mediocrity or being wealthy or poor for many people.

But is "they got lucky" really a reason? Or is it an excuse for someone to make themselves feel better? It's like their brain tells them, "they're lucky, you're not, so our lack of success is not our fault."

But if luck alone determined success, it would be unachievable. Really, luck is being prepared and knowing what you want.

Let's be clear: everything is not under our control. Big-picture things like the family we were born into, what other people do, or natural disasters are not under our direct control. There may be karma at play, but that's a different discussion for another time.

Know what's in your control and what's not. When it comes to building the life and a business you desire, you are in the driver's seat. There are plenty of things that, if identified and focused on, can begin to change and rearrange themselves in a way that is more favorable to your goal

Get in the Zone

If you don't already know it, you're incredible. Think about it! You are in complete control of your thoughts, and thoughts are powerful. You usually end up attracting what you think (that is if you're paying attention). 

So why not think to yourself, "I am lucky." Try it and see what happens. 

Here are some characteristics of people who believe in luck:

  • They are more willing to take risks.
  • They feel more optimistic about things that are out of their control.
  • They have more awareness and gratitude for all the good things in their life, even in unfortunate circumstances.
  • They have positive coping mechanisms in bad situations.
  • They are open to looking at the big picture and going with the ebb and flow.

These are also characteristics of successful people.

If thoughts are something you can create, then so is luck. Lucky is a mindset. The trick is knowing what serendipity looks like for you.

Recognize & Receive

I once heard a saying that said, "fail to plan, plan to fail."

This quote really resonated with me. As a professional talent development coach, I strongly believe in being clear and prepared. That way, you'll be able to recognize opportunities when they show up. Opportunities can be sneaky and swift, which is why they are often called "chances." You need to know what to look for.  

By the way, 'opportunity' is just another word for luck.  

To recognize them, first, get a goal in mind. Answer the tough questions like who you want to be, where you want to go, what you want to do, and how much money you want to make doing it. If your goals make you feel scared and a little crazy, great. That means they're good enough.

Once you're clear on what you want, build a plan to get there. It does not have to be foolproof or complete because your "luck" will fill in the gaps. It should, however, be adaptable. You never know what life will give you.

Keep It Up

Once you get to work on your goals, keep your momentum up so you don't start worrying and wondering why things aren't working out. These things can take time. Give yourself tasks to continually define and refine your goals and keep your thoughts positive with affirmation and mantras. 

If you're building your dream business, you'll have plenty to do with making pitch decks, business plans, and marketing materials. You might even need to learn something new, in which case you'll need a learning or training program to support you.

Training is something you do to pass a test or win a race, but you have to learn and keep learning to become a lifelong intellectual or athlete. When you know something, you own it. Optimism can be trained, but positivity is a learned behavior. Same with luck.

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