5 ways to… get lucky

The secret to creating your own luck

Workplaces are waking up to the importance of frank conversations about mental health. Mindset is a vital aspect of the discussion: the way we interpret and assign meaning to events has a huge impact on our psychological wellbeing. This Mental Health Awareness week, discover how to create your own luck.

  1. Recognize the power of your thoughts. We are what we think. None of us are innately lucky or unlucky, but research shows that those who seem blessed with good fortune share a similar outlook. With practice, we can learn to interpret events and situations in a more beneficial way.
  2. Unleash your inner optimist. Regardless of whether you see yourself as a glass half-full or half-empty person, you can force your brain to think optimistically. That means explaining negative events as temporary, specific to that situation, and not representative of you as an individual.
  3. Spot opportunities. We often explain luck as ‘right place, right time’. Lucky people cast their net wide to increase the chances of them being there. If you’re open to the positive potential in every situation, you will uncover opportunities you never knew existed.
  4. Have great expectations. Being optimistic about a situation means your expectations are elevated. You’ll try harder, persist for longer and interact more positively with others. And because enthusiasm is infectious, you’re more likely to get the outcome you long for.
  5. Take responsibility. One reason optimists seem luckier than pessimists is that they take responsibility for their actions, even in situations that seem out of their control. There is always something you can do to directly or indirectly influence the outcome. Simply listing these actions immediately makes you feel more in control.
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