Get Lucky

2545331599_55ba63dfb3_zLuck is not really a plan, but you can set yourself up for it by creating more opportunities.

Sound too good to be true? Here are some lucky ways to make it happen:

1. Forget superstition. If a great opportunity arises out of the blue, is that luck? Much of what we think of as good fortune can be explained if we look at and study what “luckier” people do. Generally they are really good at “being in the right place at the right time” or position themselves well in daily life.

2. Take initiative. An old saying is that, “Fortune favors the bold.” A more modern interpretation might be Wayne Gretzky’s quote, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” Long story short, you increase your odds of winning simply by stepping up to the plate.

3. Focus on a few things. Most of us have all kinds of great ideas. The real trick, is to pick a few things that you’re really good at and enjoy, and focus on them. This filters your efforts into the activities that you are most likely to succeed at and bring you more luck.

4. Become more of an expert. A little bit of wisdom goes a long way. So many people take themselves out of the running for great opportunities, only to be surprised when other people who don’t have greater expertise or talents take advantage of them. Increase your confidence every day by becoming a little bit more of an expert than your audience. Make lifelong learning a cornerstone of your plan and you’ll be ready the next time opportunity knocks.

5. Network. Make it an effort to meet a new person or shake a new hand every day. Connect with them on social media. Would you feel lucky if a new connection led to a great opportunity? Or would you think that you had improved your odds of knowing the right person simply by meeting more people?

6. Call old friends. Meeting new people is important, but networking isn’t just about adding people to your social media profiles. Instead, the most powerful relationships can be the longtime ones you’ve had; based on friendship, trust and shared experiences.

7. Make failure a game. No matter what you try, you will sometimes fail. The trick is to overcome your fear of failure, so you have many more opportunities to succeed. Each day, give yourself a little reward for winning the failure game. For example, making 10 failed sales calls, you have to fail a few times to win.

8. Visualize success and plan for it. Think about your goals every day. Imagine what success will look like, and work backward to figure out how you will get there. Figure out where you want to be a month or a year from now, work backward and map out the necessary steps.

9. Craft your story. Stories are the most powerful form of communication. The great news is that you get to craft your own story. The way you tell it impacts everything about your relationships with other people.

10. Share your story. Tell it to just about everyone you know. Eventually, someone you share it with might let you know about an opportunity that will change your life. People love a good story and they want to help make yours come true. It’s human nature.

11. Write things down. One of the most surprising things is how little we actually remember about our own lives. Make lists or keep a journal. Recording pieces of your life allows you to document what you’ve done successfully and reminds you to follow-up on opportunities.

12. Copy the greats. Have you ever thought about how creative people benefit from being organized? Check out this infographic to see how the greats did it. Pick a few successful mentors and imitate them. Their past performance isn’t a guarantee of your future results, but it’s a good place to start.

13. Put others first. “Lucky number 13” on the list, but this could be the most important item. Some call it Karma, K-points or simply that people like to help people who have been good to them in the past. Helping others achieve their goals often opens new opportunities for you as well.

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