This Is Your Lucky Day

This is your lucky day, if you apply the following good-luck lesson to your life.

During his ten-year study of luck, professor Richard Wiseman found that lucky people use many psychological strategies to turn bad luck into good luck. They might automatically imagine how things could have been worse, for example, in order to eliminate any paralyzing sense of hopelessness in the current bad situation. They also look at what can be done, and concentrate on that.

Have you heard the saying, "If life gives you lemons, make lemonade?" That is the frame of mind of a lucky person. In their minds, there are always motivating questions, like, "What can I do with this situation? Could this be lucky in some way? How can I make lemonade from these lemons?" How can I make this my lucky day?

The way we see the problem is the problem. - Stephen Covey

Problems Are Opportunities

In his book, "Screw It, Let's Do It," Richard Branson has a great story about turning a problem into an opportunity. He and his wife were in the Virgin Islands, and the flight to Puerto Rico had been canceled. There were a lot of disappointed people, and they were all sitting around doing nothing. What could they do, after all, but wait until there was another flight?

Branson doesn't think that way, however. He found a plane, and asked how much it would be to charter it one way to Puerto Rico. He was told $2,000. Looking around at the number of people waiting, he did some quick math. Then he took a small chalkboard and wrote on it, "Virgin Airways." Below that he wrote "One way flight to Puerto Rico, $39."

After the 52nd person signed up, he was making a profit. Although he didn't actually start his airline until later, this was the inspiration. A problem is sometimes an opportunity. This one lead to the creation of a major airline - but only because of his approach to problems...

(This is an excerpt from the "Secrets of Lucky People" package. Changing the way you approach so-called "bad luck" is just one of the dozens of ways you can make any day into a lucky day. You can read the rest of this chapter in the book, and you'll also find dozens of great little exercises designed to make you this your lucky day. Use the link below to order or get more information.)

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