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Do You Have the LUCK Factor in Your Life


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Writing on the wall that destiny is in your hands and it is the luck factor

Do you consider the luck factor in life as important? Well, may be we all do in some way or the other at times in our lives.

In spite of working hard, we sometimes wish for a stroke of luck, change of destiny, or things that may alter our fate.

Aren’t blessings too all about wishing for good fortune so that something good ‘happens’ to us or our dear ones. Most of us generally believe that luck happens, and that it is godsend.

Many feel that the luck factors in life are not in our control, and that the cause of their luck is something external.

Sometimes people just surrender themselves to the mercy of their destiny, and make no attempts to improve their life through hard work.

Such people heavily depend on luck to achieve success in their lives because either they firmly believe that nothing is in their hands, or they want things to come in easy.

However, luck can be interpreted in different ways.

One type of luck belief is associated with magical powers or a divine force, which helps to deliver opportunities and fortunes right at the door, that too without making much of an effort.

But for some, luck is all about chances. And they believe opportunities always knock at the door, whether you wish for it or not.

Those who are lucky are trained to hear the knock, have the will to make effort, open the door at the right time, and grab the opportunity.

 “Everything in life is luck” ~ Donald Trump

What People Do for Luck

People label themselves as lucky or unlucky based on the nature of their experiences, depending on whether they are successful or unsuccessful.

The ones who feel they lack luck in their lives often fall for the belief in lucky charms, which they treat as the luck inducing factors.

They try to do everything else apart from making real efforts to attract good fate and increase the luck factors in their lives.

Some treasure the objects and things that they believe would bring them luck. While there are others who prefer to act at a predetermined time that is considered to be lucky.

Unbelievably, some even follow certain bizarre behaviors or ways with the hope to bring them good fortune.

It’s not only that. A few even go to the extent of calling people in their lives as their lady luck or lucky man, who they believe may help change their destiny.

In fact, sometimes when we find someone else get what we want; we call that person fortunate or lucky.

But, what exactly do you need to do to have luck in your life?

Do you think the factors that bring fortune have to be external, like events, people, and objects? Could it be that the luck factors are already within us waiting to be harnessed?

“Luck is believing you’re lucky.” ~ Tennessee Williams

What is Luck

What is luck anyway? Don’t we all mostly associate it with comfort, money, and winning?

The Merriam Webster online dictionary defines luck as a favoring chance or a force that brings good fortune.

Wikipedia defines luck as a good fortune which occurs beyond one’s control, without regard to one’s will, intention, or desired result.

Now, let’s try to understand luck from another perspective.

Both the above mentioned definitions of luck talk about it as being good fortune. Okay, so what does good fortune bring us?

It ultimately brings us happiness and satisfaction. Right?

In whatever circumstances, when we feel lucky, we feel happy and satisfied. So, we can interpret luck as:

LUCK = HAPPINESS + SATISFACTION

As feeling lucky is as good as being lucky, doesn’t it then make luck a state of mind?

If yes, then luck is the result of no outer force but the inner energy, which we can control and harness to the maximum.

If you’re positive, you’ll be happy, and therefore you’ll feel lucky. Thus, positive thinking is the luck factor that we all can attain!

“I say luck is when an opportunity comes along and you’re prepared for it.” ~ Denzel Washington

How to Get Lucky

Let’s be rational. Now that we understand luck, we can find a way so that anybody can be lucky.

We cannot do anything about a force that is beyond our control. We need something real that we can control.

We can do two things to be lucky:

1)      Find reasons to be happy and satisfied.

2)      Increase our chance opportunities to be lucky.

First, let’s find the sources of happiness that make us happy and satisfied.

“I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” ~ Stephen Leacock

Discovering the LUCK Factor

There are many sources of happiness. But there are two types of happiness – temporary happiness and permanent happiness.

We have to understand that pleasure is different from true happiness.

Pleasure gives us temporary happiness. It is dependent on objects, events, and people. It is short-lived too, and exists as far as its cause is present.

True or permanent happiness comes from within our self and it is not dependent on any external factor.

Since the sources of true happiness are within our control, we can tap them to deliver permanent happiness.

If we do that, we’ll remain forever lucky.

I’ve coined an acronym called LUCK. It describes the four factors essential for true happiness that make us lucky.

L – Love

U – Understanding

C – Compassion

K – Kindness

Love consists of sharing, caring, and liking. It includes being affectionate, passionate, devoted, respectful, and a friend.

Understanding means to be in agreement and harmony – to be accepting, supportive, appreciative, and tolerant towards one another.

Compassion includes to have sympathy, empathy, and a heartily concern.

Kindness is to be warm-hearted, forgiving, humane, thoughtful, helpful, benevolent, considerate, and gentle.

If a person imbibes and follows all these factors in life, he or she will always be truly happy at heart.

Having the LUCK factor in our life also saves us from any kind of relationship problems, like a broken friendship, heart-break, bad marriage, and other family issues.

“Chance favors the prepared mind.” ~ Louis Pasteur

Creating Luck Favoring Chance

The other logical way to be lucky is to look for and create more opportunities so that the chances of facing a favoring opportunity increase.

Prof. Richard Wiseman who has authored the book “The Luck Factor” talks about four principles that can bring luck to anybody, which are mentioned as follows:

1)      Maximize your chance opportunities.

2)      Listen to your lucky hunches.

3)      Expect good fortune.

4)      Turn bad luck into good luck.

Here is a video that might interest you.

How lucky are you? ~ Aimhigher and Prof. Richard Wiseman ~ YouTube Video

What Lucky People Do

The people who are lucky actually take the reins in their own hands, and create their own luck.

Analysis of all successful and lucky people reveals certain common characteristics and qualities that are part of their personality.

These people are very optimistic and always have a positive outlook. They have increased self-esteem, good self perception, and high confidence.

The lucky people are go-getters, engaged, prompt decision makers, and have good habits. They are focused, full of hope, and have a strong self belief.

One thing that greatly distinguishes the lucky people from others is that they are always open to new things and opportunities.

They break daily routines, embrace change, and create new opportunities. They also have the ability to spot new opportunities, and always are in the moment or are mindful.

Being proactive and believing that everything will work out if they make efforts or try their best and never give up, gives them the edge over others.

Even if they fail, they adopt a resilient attitude, learn from their mistakes, and bounce right back. Since they regard themselves as lucky, they expect to do well in any circumstances.

Successful people effectively use coping mechanisms to their benefit and compare themselves with the worst, accept things could’ve been worse, and move on.

Luck requires efforts. Lucky people are achievers. They plan long-term and set high realistic expectations. They even use the power of visualization, imagination, and positive affirmations.

What enables the people who are lucky to carry on is their relaxed attitude, and they find ways to be quiet and calm through meditation etc.

Lucky people also expect good things to happen. Spending time with their own self helps them develop their intuition and make smart decisions.

“Men and women who call themselves unlucky are often notably passive people” ~ Max Gunther

It is said that to be successful, you should copy the habits and ways of successful people. Similarly, to be lucky, just do what lucky people do!

Eventually you’ll find that there isn’t any difference between successful and lucky people, because most lucky people are successful.

It is indeed your thoughts and behavior that create luck in your life.

Creating luck is a skill that one must learn, and should not be bogged down by negative events, results, or circumstances, or end up acting as a victim.

Instead, lucky people seize the moment, increase their chances of success by noticing opportunities that aren’t expected and create self-fulfilling prophecies.

“Be prepared, work hard, and hope for a little luck. Recognize that the harder you work and the better prepared you are, the more luck you might have.” ~ Ed Bradley

a red lucky charm as the luck factor

We All Have the Luck Factor

Almost everybody has the right and ability to be lucky. We need to adopt the right attitude, learn the luck skills, implement them, and feel lucky.

Luck is a good fortune that we can control with our own thoughts, words, and actions.

The ancient Roman Stoic philosopher Seneca once said, “Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity,” and Benjamin Franklin stated, “Diligence is the mother of good luck.”

We’re lucky enough to be alive, and these great personalities teach us that we can be luckier if we prepare ourselves and work smart.

Those who are aware of the Law of Attraction (LOA) would find themselves acquainted with most of the things mentioned in this post.

No lucky charm can substitute positive thinking and willful efforts as the basic luck factors in life.

“I think luck gets you on to the stage. But it has nothing to do with keeping you there.” ~ Eric Bana

At times we do feel there is something more than luck. Something that may be we don’t understand and control fully.

Some of you might question that if all of us have the equal right to be lucky, why only few of us are born lucky?

Why are some people poor and some rich? Why some of us are healthy and some are challenged or have disabilities? There could be many other related questions.

Here I’d say the Karma theory comes into play, which is based on the cause and effect principle. It is not luck; however it does accommodate luck in someway.

A good karma might give us some good head start and put us on the stage, but we have to make efforts ourselves and work to become lucky and successful.

We might discuss this aspect may be in some other post.

As for the lucky charms, I might treat them as mere decorative pieces or as placebos that can at the most offer a temporary good feeling or a false happiness in us.

“Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Is My Blog Lucky

Do I feel my blog is lucky in some way or the other? Yes!

I feel I am lucky indeed and so is my blog for me because it has given me many good friends and relationships.

My blog community has such wonderful readers and commentators who share their views about what I write.

I feel happy to take this blog to the next level and introduce guest blogging starting from next week. Yes, there will be posts every Tuesday and Friday (if everything works well!).

Every third Tuesday of the month there will be a guest post from a wonderful blogger. And all the other Tuesdays I would be sharing “short and sweet” posts, polls, thoughts, and many more things that I’m sure all of you would like.

The Friday posts would stay as they are – a little longer than usual, but I’m sure you don’t mind the length – do you?

So, you see I am increasing my chance opportunities, how is that about getting lucky!

What are you doing to get lucky or luckier?

“I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often.” ~ Brian Tracy

Here’s wishing you best of LUCK!

Over to You –

Do you believe in luck or consider it as being superstitious? Have you also got any lucky charm talismans? Do you agree that we can create our own luck? Can you think of more luck factors? Share your views or story of the luck factors in your life in the comments below.

 

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Harleena Singh is a positive thinker and a freelance writer. She loves to write inspiring and thought provoking posts on self-improvement, family, relationships, health, and other aspects of life. She's not another personal development guru, but just an average person with great life experiences. She's also a blogger, who loves to share her blogging knowledge and experiences. Network with her on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+..

38 Comments

  1. Mayura

    September 15, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Love the way you described LUCK factor :) Awesome how you break all those things into wonderful bits.

    In my childhood, I believed luck was always with me. I’ve been saved without injuries in accidents, never late, though once late to classes but the teacher was absent on that same day, and I was lost on the road but found destination eventually without seeking it and more. I believe there is an external factor called luck and I believe (I don’t know, just believe after observing facts I’ve got) luck is STRONG for good people who are good in action and thoughts. Sometimes people with actions do good stuff, but they have got weird and evil minds.

    But though I’m having so called luck in my life, I always try to improve myself with my own efforts to bring more luck to myself. I think the luck we called is external and we should believe in what we can do first. If we harvest using our own strength, anything we get to make things easy in life can be called as a BONUS. So we don’t depend on ‘em. We get happy if luck works on us to make things easy and if we don’t have luck at all, still we don’t worry about it :)

    Love factor is really awesome Harleena :) I never expected it can be expressed like that. Well, it’s in English only, but wonderful.

    I think all who come to read this post and write a comment are most lucky in this world. People die with hunger, some people are blind, some have a limp, some can’t read and so on. How lucky we are :) But while living in such horrible situations, they are doing the greatest things in this world. In that case, how unlucky we are :) A great topic to think about our lifestyles and what we haven’t done in this life.

    Cheers…

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      Harleena Singh

      September 16, 2012 at 9:11 am

      Glad you like the post Mayura!

      You’re absolutely right. The fact that we’re living makes us the luckiest people. With such uncertainty in this world, I think it is really a blessing to be alive. Life is a mysterious teacher, it puts us in different situations and expects us to do our best, and excel (and not complain)! You’ve mentioned many reasons for everyone to consider as being lucky.

      There are some strange and confusing aspects of life. I do not believe in luck that could be magically acquired through some lucky charms, but I do believe in the law of attraction and the law of karma. LOA in short says, “what you think and expect, you get.” Karma means “you reap what you sow.”

      Is there anything external that affects us? Yes, I think there’s the flow of energy which does affect us, but if we’re strong, determined, and prepared, and put in all our efforts with a positive expectation, we have the ability to turn everything in our favor.

      You’ve pointed out the reality of luck – it depends on your good actions and thoughts! Sometimes even the bad and evil too get successful, but they aren’t as lucky to have the peace, happiness, and bliss that good people have when they’re lucky.

      Self understanding and improvement is the best thing one can do for one’s own self, and that really increases your chances to be lucky. Belief in self is essential to be successful and satisfied, being good makes you happy, and if you’re both happy and satisfied, then you’re lucky!

      I like your concept of luck having two parts – the external and the internal, which we can maximize through our efforts and treat it as a bonus.

      Thank you for your insightful thoughts and this wonderful discussion. :)

  2. Corinne Rodrigues

    September 15, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    This is absolutely what I believe in, Harleena.

    When we believe that we are lucky, the Universe seems to conspire to make that come true. A while back I wrote a post on this very same subject, however, yours , as always, is so beautifully researched and presented!

    I believe I’m really lucky to have connected with you. ♥

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      Harleena Singh

      September 16, 2012 at 9:32 am

      I’m glad you like the post Corinne!

      I agree with you that the first step to be lucky is to think and believe that you are lucky. That triggers the Universe to make it happen. So true and beautiful. Thank you for this thought.

      I will read your post, which I might’ve missed. It’s really a good and great coincidence to be connected with you because we think alike. Thanks for stopping by. :)

  3. Corinne Rodrigues

    September 15, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Meant to add, that the guest posts are a great idea too!

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      Harleena Singh

      September 16, 2012 at 9:39 am

      Thanks. And presently I’ll only have my blog community members to post as guests.

  4. Adrienne

    September 15, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    I agree with Mayura Harleena, I love the way you broke all of that down for us. Wow, you really take the time to research and share with us all your thoughts on a particular subject.

    For the most part I don’t really believe in luck. I use to until I realized that we all make our own because of the way we think about things.

    One of my last jobs I worked for a guy that was a millionaire. He was one of those guys that people were drawn to. Little did they know that he would lie and cheat to get what he wanted and our CPA use to always say he was the luckiest darn guy he’s ever met in his life. I didn’t look at it like that because my boss knew what he wanted, he knew what he had to do in order to get it and he did. He let nothing stand in his way which is why he continue to get wealthier and wealthier.

    Now was he happy in his life? No, not at all. He drank too much, he was unhappily married and he had health issues. He wasn’t a good person but he never faltered on what he wanted.

    If there is luck in this life then we make our own through our thoughts and our actions. That’s what I believe.

    Thanks for sharing this Harleena. I always enjoy reading what you have to share with us. You really give it a lot of thought.

    ~Adrienne

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      Harleena Singh

      September 16, 2012 at 11:51 am

      I’m so glad that you like my post Adrienne!

      I just tried to pen my thoughts in a logical manner, and the only research was finding a bit about Prof. Wiseman’s book – the luck factor. However, that was after I made up my mind to write on this topic.

      I think it is a topic that is common to all, and I wanted to know what views people have on it. I too, like you, believe that most of the luck or destiny is in our hands. Our determination and efforts bring us success.

      You highlighted a very important difference between being successful and being lucky. Your boss knew everything needed to be successful and achieved great material success, but the happiness eluded him, which ultimately made him unlucky. However, the fallacy is that he might still consider himself as being lucky – because wealth is more important to him. So does this example make us think that the concept of being lucky has to be subjective?

      You hit the nail on the head when you say that we create luck with our thoughts and actions. That’s the truth.

      I always try to refine my thoughts, try to develop them, and share with everybody so that I can learn how to improve it further, for my thoughts are the seeds of luck and action is what causes luck to manifest. And in the process if I can help somebody in anyway, I’d consider myself to be blessed!

      Thanks for reflecting on your life and contributing your important learned lessons to the post. :)

  5. Amit - The Frivolous Analyser

    September 16, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Hmmm ….. I believe we make our own luck and at time break it… But at times we find ourselves in a situation we could have never imagined. Yes something controls us, you can call it luck or destiny.

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      Harleena Singh

      September 16, 2012 at 11:55 am

      Welcome to the blog Amit!

      I agree Amit that we’re the one’s responsible for the state of our fate. But yes, there’s some mysterious factor involved in life, otherwise what fun would it be if everything was predictable. :)

      Thanks for stopping by. :)

  6. Radu

    September 16, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Hello Harleena,

    Love this post and the opportunity for looking within that it offers. We are all lucky..the simple fact that we are alive at this moment shows it. Life that flows through our veins and nurtures us with all that is necessary: air, food, water, shelter, family, friends, nature, unique talents and skills etc. is our true luck. When we fail to see the connection with it and with the everything around us the suffering comes into play…we think that someone wants to harm us, we think that we are not or don’t have enough.

    From my experience I can say that in the minute you live here and now fully, accepting all as a gift you have the eyes to see the huge amount of luck available…through acceptance and love, life becomes supportive…you cooperate with your circumstances realizing that each one appears in order to have a new insight, to develop your traits and skills and so on. Now all that we have to do is to show up and just put our heart 100% in everything. So, luck is first an inner work…peace, joy, prosperity are the natural results of it :)

    Thank you for sharing your insights. Look how many thoughtful comments they stirred up !

    Be blessed,
    Radu

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      Harleena Singh

      September 18, 2012 at 8:00 am

      Welcome to the blog, and nice to see you here, Radu!

      I’m so glad you love the post. I believe luck is like the iceberg, 90% of control lies within and only 10% depends on the external factors. Yes, you’re right that we all can be luckier if we make up our minds – considering we already are lucky to be alive!

      What you say is so true, if we do not be content and satisfied with what we have, we will always suffer. We’re so lucky in comparison to the people living on the streets, while some might be luckier than us and live in palaces! But that’s how life is, and we should be happy with our own selves rather be jealous and envious of others.

      Well said – with acceptance and love life becomes easy. In fact, it is the most logical thing to accept your present as a gift, and living in the moment makes us more open towards potentially fortune opportunities. Having said that, one still need to make efforts to improve and not sit idle thinking one cannot do anything about his or her life.

      Surely, there is a reason behind everything. It’s a great lesson of life, and one who understands it has higher probability to finding the cues or the luck factors in life to be lucky.

      Put 100% in everything – that’s really the way to go! I hope this post inspires people to work on the inner aspects of our inherent fortune.

      Thank you for contributing your valuable thoughts to the post. :)

  7. Sylviane Nuccio

    September 16, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Love this post! As a matter of fact, can I just put it on my own blog? LOL, Just kidding!

    As I am sure you know I’ve stopped believing in luck a while back, since I’ve started studying the Law of Attraction, and learned that luck is nothing but one of the many society false beliefs.

    Luck has nothing to do with success and it’s exactly as this gentle man says in the video, superstitious, fearful and negative people tend to attract negative stuff to them, and therefore, they will blame luck. They would say “I’m not lucky”. As for non-superstitious, positive happy people will of course tend to attract good and positive stuff, and people looking say “wow, they’re lucky”.

    I used to be one of those people for a good chunk of my life, that is why today as a life coach it’s my job to teach the truth.

    Thank you, Harleena, for clarifying this very ingrained belief that society needs to get rid of.

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      Harleena Singh

      September 18, 2012 at 8:17 am

      Glad you love the post Sylviane!

      I wouldn’t mind you put up an excerpt of this post and sending your readers to my blog for reading the rest of the post! ;)

      What I tell others is if you believe in luck then always think you’re lucky, and if you do not believe in luck then think you’ve all the potential to be successful. Positive, affirmations, and belief are essential, and it is central to the Law of Attraction too.

      I agree with you that if one has the belief in own self, the concept of luck no longer holds any meaning to that person. That person would spend all energy on working to achieve the goals rather than get complacent and negative, and resort to superstitions. You attract what you think and feel!

      I’m sure you’ve learnt the important lessons of life well and you’re a good teacher of life now helping out the needy people. It’s a wonderful job that you do.
      I hope this post too will help people remove superstitions in their life and get proactive instead.

      Thank you for providing your insights gained through your personal experience. :)

  8. Nawaz

    September 16, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Hello Harleena,

    I have learned in life that luck favors brave men. I mean the person who have ability to take the unique steps in life in positive way are always considered as lucky person.

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      Harleena Singh

      September 18, 2012 at 8:20 am

      You’ve mentioned an important aspect, Nawaz – luck favors the brave men. And brave men are always prepared and determined. So luck favors those who are prepared and believe in themselves.

      Thank you for sharing your insight. :)

  9. Viola Tam

    September 17, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Thank you for sharing the LUCK Factors. You have put in so much thought into this issue.

    I agree with Radu wholeheartedly that the moment that we fully accept our circumstances, we see luck everywhere. The feeling is very personal. Under the same circumstances (say, involved in a terrible accident), one person may feel deprived or depressed, while the other may feel lucky to be alive. It is a matter of acceptance.

    Thanks, Harleena!

    Viola Tam

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      Harleena Singh

      September 18, 2012 at 8:42 am

      Welcome Viola, it’s nice to see you back on my blog!

      That’s right; acceptance opens up a sea of opportunities. You’ve to be at peace with yourself, calm yourself, before you can attract luck.

      It’s irrational to waste your time and energy in arguing and complaining about what has happened. That way you lose on new opportunities. Instead if you remain alert and in the present, may be you can find an opportunity that counters what had been done. One needs to be ever hopeful; a depressed person can never get lucky.

      Life works in mysterious ways. You need to trust life; it will change its ways for you.

      Thank you for your contribution. :)

  10. Ruchira

    September 17, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I came here from Corinne’s blog. I loved reading this post ! I agree with you that Luck is nothing but happiness and satisfaction. In a given circumstance, we can feel as lucky or unlucky as we wish. Its all upto us !

    In my life, a feeling of gratitude has helped me a lot in realizing that I am so much more lucky that I thought I was !

    Personally, I feel a lot depends on your hard work/ pro-activeness/willingness to grab chances but then in our lives there is some amount of karma involved and there are many things beyond our control. What we don’t realize is that we also have a free will along with that Karma and in the end it all boils down to our attitude towards a certain situation – and that attitude in turn helps us feel lucky or unlucky !

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      Harleena Singh

      September 18, 2012 at 8:59 am

      Welcome to the blog Ruchira!

      I’m happy that you liked the post. True, any given moment, we can be happy if we want to. It’s a choice that we have, and we can’t blame anybody if we chose the wrong option!

      A feeling of gratitude does arouse the LUCK factors – love, understand, compassion, and kindness. You then experience the inner happiness, and feel lucky.
      You’re absolutely right-on here that you cannot avoid being proactive, willing, and hardworking if you want to be lucky. Grabbing chances is the key to increasing your luck probability.

      I agree that the Karma factor too plays an important role in our lives. But as you point out, every person has the option to use the free will to negate negative karmas and make good ones to change the fate. That’s why it’s said that the destiny is in your own hands.

      Right attitude, you’re right, is one of the luck factors too!

      Thank you for sharing your so insightful and beautiful thoughts. :)

  11. Techboy

    September 17, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Harleena, we all know how important role the luck factor plays in life of each and every person. Some people strive hard but cannot get success as luck doesn’t supports them, while at the same time some people keep getting ahead by doing very less work. I really love the way you have written about the required luck factor in our life…

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      Harleena Singh

      September 18, 2012 at 9:12 am

      There are many factors that determine success. One needs to be a smart worker too along with putting in all the hard work. One who makes the right choice at the right time gets to bypass all the hard work. Instead of considering the other person as lucky, I think we should sit and evaluate that person’s qualities, and our shortcomings. This analysis would be more productive and helpful.

      Thanks for stopping by. :)

  12. Simon Duck

    September 18, 2012 at 1:10 am

    I am lucky that I stumbled upon this post ;)

    I have never been a great believer in luck, I think you create your own luck and nothing really happens by chance. However, I do think you have better luck or less luck, my beliefs on the matter are quite all over the place! Anyway, work hard, be determined and have the postive outlook that luck is on your side and you will achieve all your goals.

    Regards,
    Simon Duck

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      Harleena Singh

      September 18, 2012 at 9:44 am

      Welcome to the blog, Simon!

      Your luck makes my post luckier! I’m glad you like it. :)

      Its okay, I think you do not have to believe in luck, but in yourself.

      Every chance is a coincidence, and as per the definition it is a happening of two things at the same time; which I believe are your choice and its timing.
      Though luck appears arranged, but it depends on the choices you make. So it doesn’t really happen by chance and you really create it!

      Your chances to be lucky depend on your attitude and efforts. You very correctly state the formula to be successful – be positive, be determined, and be hardworking.

      Thank you for contributing to the post. :)

  13. Praveen Rajarao

    September 18, 2012 at 2:22 am

    Harleena – I had written an article a long time back about “Good Luck Charm”, it should still be around in my other blog….it was an outcome of frustration and thinking of being the “unlucky” one….I always believed that luck favors everyone else and not me, until I realized what I had in life and the need to feel happy for having achieved what I have so far.

    Luck is relative and how one takes it and for what purpose. One might call a person lucky when he wins a lottery, but that is not the only thing in that person’s life which we are unaware of. I have learnt to believe in what I get is what i deserve and I really started to feel lucky since the day.

    Nice article. Thanks for sharing.

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      Harleena Singh

      September 18, 2012 at 10:10 am

      I’m happy that you like the post, Praveen.

      I haven’t read your post on lucky charms, but I can understand that feelings of frustration and thoughts of being unlucky propel one to believe in them.
      It is our thoughts that make us – you can change your world by changing your thoughts. It’s like if you see through a yellow glass, you see everything as yellow; however, if you use a blue glass, everything turns blue!

      Being content and satisfied brought peace and happiness to you. And that’s what being luck is! Isn’t it so simple to achieve. :)

      Yes, we cannot really judge if the other person is lucky or not. And our perception too affects our thoughts about luck. You’ve adopted a favorable attitude of acceptance, and you got what you deserved – happiness, and luck.

      Thanks for sharing your life experiences and wonderful insights. :)

  14. Amandah

    September 18, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Great post!

    I just read another blog that lists affirmations for luck. I started saying some of them because they put a smile on my face.

    I have purchased gold coins for luck and my sister bought me a four-leave clover key chain. These are fun ways to embrace luck, but I do believe it’s up to you. What do you tell yourself on a daily basis? If you ‘buy’ into the doom and gloom reports and tune-into the all ‘whining and complaining station’ 24/7, you won’t feel lucky or think luck is on your side. If you’re surrounded by low vibrating people, you may want to limit the amount of time you spend with them, no matter who they are.

    Life is what you make of it. Take yours into your own hands and LIVE!

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      Harleena Singh

      September 18, 2012 at 10:52 am

      I’m glad you like the post, Amandah!

      Positive affirmations are certainly one of the luck factors. They help you remain positively charged up and keep your spirits up.

      I do tell myself that life is beautiful and I forever be grateful that I’ve another day to live, which I take it as a sign that I need to keep working hard to achieve my goals and complete my mission in life. What blessing I needed was to live for another day, the rest is in my hands and up to me to achieve.

      You’re right that if you adopt the negative attitude, how can you expect to be lucky? The company you keep does affect you, but then those are really determined, tend to ignore or keep the negative factors at bay even while being with them.

      It’s your focus that matters, and as you very aptly put it – life is what you make of it. The biggest luck factor is you yourself – believe in yourself and be in the moment; luck will come running to you, even if you do not have the gold coins with you!

      Thank you for sharing your insights and for inciting this wonderful dialogue. :)

  15. Nikky44

    September 18, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    I’m a lucky person however my life turn to be. Even in the worst situations, I consider myself lucky as it could have been worse. I think that “being lucky” is a perception, its the way a person looks at a situation. Someone might win 10 Millions in the lottery and feel unlucky not to win 15, while another might just win the lowest prize and consider himself very lucky.

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      Harleena Singh

      September 19, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      You’ve got a great philosophy, Nikky – being lucky is a perception. And yes it is, how true. Your example explains it all. Whenever we’re bogged down by our unrealistic or exaggerated expectations, we suffer, and feel unlucky. Being lucky is just the opposite – be happy and satisfied.

      You’re doing exactly what you should be doing – believing in yourself and believing that you’re lucky. And you use the coping mechanisms well.

      Thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts on the topic. :)

  16. Vidya Sury

    September 18, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    As you can see, I am catching up after a hectic week :-)

    Lucky is as lucky as we want to be, I think. It is always good to anticipate good things, because then it seems that we attract them by channeling our efforts towards good outcomes. Still, I must admit that out of sentiment I carry three coins in my purse, which have been in it for as long as I’ve been carrying a purse :-) Not a charm or anything – just that someone dear gave them to me.

    Beautiful post. Thanks! Love, Vidya

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      Harleena Singh

      September 19, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      I’m so happy that you like the post, Vidya, and it is good to see you back on the blog!

      You’re absolutely right – you can be as lucky as you want to be! I like your good outcome theory. I think sentiments are fine, as far as they do not become conditions or acts as hindrances to our daily working. They instead might motivate us, and not act like superstitions.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts. :)

  17. Jack

    September 18, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    I think much of what is required in life is to make our own luck through hard work and keeping our eyes open so that we recognize opportunity when it comes.

    But recognizing opportunity isn’t enough, we have to be ready to take a chance and see what happens.

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      Harleena Singh

      September 22, 2012 at 11:01 am

      I totally agree with you, Jack – one needs to do hard work and be smart as well. Luck is created by potential opportunities, and we can have many such opportunities if we keep our eyes open for those. Being positive and proactive helps cash in on these opportunities and thus creates our luck.

      Thanks for adding your thoughts to the post. :)

  18. Debbie

    September 21, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Another great one Harleena. You didn’t miss anything. Was this luck? Of course not, you did your homework and gave the post great thought.

    You have been given a talent for writing and you use it wonderfully.
    Luck to me is not luck persay, but our attitude. With a positive attitude all things are possible.

    I find that I have been a lucky person as some would say, on the other hand people that know my back ground may not say I have been lucky.

    I have had hard times; grow up in a poorer family, father that drank heavily, mother with low self-esteem. Was a single mother of 3 for many years. To make a long story short, I have had a wonderful life. I am who and what I am, because of the hills and valleys I have traveled. I have wonderful children, the love of a wonderful man. I am loved and have my health, so I am blessed or as some would say, LUCKY.

    Like you say, I am lucky. I am also very lucky!

    Thanks for the post it shows me how blessed I am, for this I can smile with a happy heart.

    Debbie

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      Harleena Singh

      September 22, 2012 at 9:43 am

      I’m happy that you like the post, Debbie!

      Luck favors those who’re prepared; so I made my preparations, and I seem to be getting lucky now! Thank you so much for your kind and appreciative words about my writing. :)

      You’ve hit the nail on the head – it’s all about attitude; not only being lucky, but everything about life depends on your attitude, which has to be positive.

      I think being lucky is to be able to understand life and have all the good principles, values, virtues, habits, and it’s not about what background you had or have.

      As I wrote else where, a difficult life is the best teacher, and the one who lives it is truly a blessed one. It might sound contradictory, but you’ve been through all difficult times and phases in your life and now you truly understand life to the core. If you’re living, and you do not understand life, then your life is a waste.

      I salute your spirit of accepting your life as wonderful, celebrating, and enjoying life, no matter how the journey has been. Yes, you’re what you’re because of your life experiences, and I’d say you’re lucky!

      Be blessed and be a luck teacher, now I need to coin this term after love teacher has been successful ;)

      Thank you for sharing your spirited life experiences and valuable thoughts. :)

  19. Rachit Aggarwal

    December 17, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Even I considered myself lucky enough to reach this blog and more so, this post on the blog.

    Your posts are really motivating and everyday in office, once at least, I open your website to recharge myself quickly..

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      Harleena Singh

      December 17, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      Hi Rachit,

      I like that, and thanks so much for saying these words as they inspire and keep me going too :)

      It gives me immense pleasure to know that my posts motivate someone and can perhaps help you in more ways than one. Keep visiting dear friend, as it’s always a pleasure to hear from you.

      Thanks for stopping by :)

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