Can you learn to be lucky? Can luck play a role in your career success?
The answer to both of these questions is “Yes, absolutely.” Follow these steps to bring more luck and fortune to your life and career.
1. Expand your Network
Luck is directly proportional to the number of people you know. People bring opportunities; the more people you know, the more opportunities that will come your way. To grow your network, attend events, conferences, fundraisers, and parties. Put yourself out there, meet people, talk with them and make connections. Also, be sure to cultivate your current friends and maintain strong bonds.
2. Visualize Success
Top athletes visualize winning before a competition. If you are preparing for a job interview or an important professional presentation, visualization will help. Imagine everything including feeling calm, highlighting your resume, your responses to interview questions and asking the interviewer brilliant questions. You can visualize success for any goal you want to achieve. Imagining each detail along the path will help you obtain your objectives.
3. Be Positive
A positive attitude is a choice. You can train yourself to see the best in every situation. Even when something bad happens, a bright side or a new opportunity can be found. Focus on the positive and look for the silver linings. Negative and debilitating thoughts can affect all of us. Lucky people often use rituals to overcome these thoughts. They use mantras such as, “You’ve got this.” Or, they have uplifting morning routines like an exercise routine, meditation or walking the dog. Positivity attracts luck.
If you have ever volunteered or mentored, you will know that it makes you feel fantastic. Not only does volunteering help others, but it also helps you. Giving back to the community and those in needs is the right thing to do. But there are also many unexpected benefits. You will build connections with those you work with and those you are helping. You will gain experience, build skills and develop awareness. Volunteering has been shown to improve health, happiness, and self-esteem. Lucky people give generously to others.
5. Set Achievable Goals
Goals that are specific, measurable and achievable will give you direction. Goals that are too lofty or indeterminable are difficult to attain and often fail. Having clear goals allows you to focus on getting exactly what it is that you want out of life and your career.
6. Keep Growing
To rise to your full potential, you should continually challenge yourself to learn and experience new things. Exploring and gaining new insights will enable you to see things from a different perspective. There are many ways to keep growing. You could earn a new career certification, enroll in an online course, join an association, speak at a conference or ask a mentor for guidance. Push yourself outside of your comfort zone to allow luck to find you.
Lucky people do not rely on luck. They become lucky through self-development, goal setting, positivity, and networking. Lucky people make a choice. They put in the work required to get the most out of life. Do you want to be one of the lucky people? Get busy.
Kathy Lin, Marketing Communications Manager
Kathy writes content for Tal Healthcare, a healthcare career website. She has a background in recruiting, sales, and teaching. She holds a BA in Biology from the University of Vermont. When she isn’t writing you can find her outside running, skiing or biking.