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Make Your Own Luck

Have you ever noticed how some people just seem lucky? No matter where they go or what they do, opportunity seems to favor them and they’re always getting ahead. They get the guy (or gal). They get the job. They get the client. They get the promotion. They get the raise. They win the door prize. They get the freaking parking spot!

Would it surprise you to know that these “lucky” folks probably take a lot of steps that “unlucky” people don’t take? Chances are good that every day, they’re doing something to improve their “luck” – meaning it may just look like luck to those looking in from the outside, rather than what it really is: a particular way of living their lives.

If you’d like to start bringing some more luck your way, here are some things you can do to improve your odds:

  1. Expand your horizons. Be willing to socialize, meet new people, embrace networking instead of dreading it. Remember to also keep in touch with your old friends, colleagues, vendors, and clients. Check in with them once in a while to find out what they’ve been up to lately.
  2. Know what your goal is and see yourself accomplishing it – literally, in your mind, playing out like a movie. Better still if you’re acting it out instead of watching. Give thanks for achieving that goal as if it’s already happened.
  3. Give without expectation – let it be OK if people don’t send thank you notes. Lend a hand where you can. Be a mentor. Sponsor a Little League team. Giving feels great and the rewards come back to us in amazing and often unexpected ways.
  4. Learn to be spontaneous once in a while. If you’re the type who’s got every minute planned, there’s little room in your life for luck to show up. Be open to new things and interested in the world beyond your immediate surroundings. Go out of your way to meet a stranger today!
  5. Look for opportunities. Sometimes good fortune seems to fall into your lap – but just as often, opportunity knocks because you were paying attention. You followed through on that zany idea, made that call, or asked for what you wanted.
  6. Leave your comfort zone once in a while. Luck’s probably not going to fall on you while you’re staying safely hidden away from the world. Read blogs on topics you’d never considered before. Listen to a podcast about a place you’ve never been. Join Toastmasters. Take a Zumba class. See an art film or a documentary.
  7. Work hard. Really – it’s the rare lucky person who hasn’t worked hard to get where they are. The universe will see your efforts and reward you with that “lucky break.”
  8. Don’t underrate optimism. Most lucky people have a wonderfully positive outlook on life. More importantly, they expect good things to happen to them.
  9. Take setbacks in stride. No matter how much effort you put into “being lucky,” life is life and you will invariably experience the occasional obstacle. Are you going to waste time asking, “Why me?” or get right back up, shake it off, and know that tomorrow’s a new day?
  10. Focus on the present moment. This is not to say you shouldn’t make plans, but live in the now. Relish THIS moment and leave worries about the past and concerns about tomorrow for someone other unlucky schmuck.

How lucky do you want to be? You probably have a lot more control over it than you realize.

Oh, and Happy St. Pat’s!

An abbreviated version of this story originally ran in the March issue of my newsletter, The Creative Quill. If you’d like a complimentary one-year subscription, please email SubscribeQuill@writemarketdesign.com with your snail mail address.

Laura

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Consistency: The key to LUCK in the book business

Today I was invited to contribute a tip for Mike Michalowicz, the Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, on this topic:

How do you improve your luck (the odds) in business?  Do you have a single rule or tip that serves you the best in having things go in your favor?

My response:

There’s no better key to achieve success in business than consistency in all things. When you meet new people, follow up immediately EVERY time. When you’re building your social media presence, be there on a REGULAR basis. Using a blog to make a name for yourself? Post frequently and CONSISTENTLY. Be careful not to spread yourself too thin in terms of trying to do it all. Then, increase your luck by creating a pattern or plan and being consistent about it.

Let’s expand just a bit.

When you meet new people, follow up immediately EVERY time. One of the places more business people miss out on opportunities (i.e., sabotage their own luck) is by failing to follow up promptly. Whether it’s a new person at a networking event or the opportunity to speak, an amazing number of people let those opportunities fly right out the window by hesitating or taking too long to respond. Be the early bird and nab that client, speaking gig, or other opportunity!

When you’re building your social media presence, be there on a REGULAR basis. This means that instead of making a sporadic showing on all your various social media sites, you create a plan and contribute consistently. A participant in the Author Blog Challenge Facebook group shared this post from Search Engine Watch about how to create a social media calendar. Most useful if you want to be as effective as possible with your social media presence.

Using a blog to make a name for yourself? Post frequently and CONSISTENTLY. OK, if you’ve been reading the Marcie Brock blog for a while, I’m preaching to the choir on this one. If you’re new here, expect to hear it again and again. It’s frequent, regular posting, combined with the use of good keywords, that will help you make a significant impression on the search engines.

Be careful not to spread yourself too thin in terms of trying to do it all. If you’re a one-woman show, you’ve got to be sensible about your time and efforts. Increase your “luck” by creating a pattern or plan and being consistent about it.

Happy luck-making!

Laura

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