Want more good luck in your life? Good luck never goes astray, so here are 15 practical, ways how you can get good luck flooding into your life. Follow them all to create good luck every day. It’s even possible to create good luck for those around you.
1) Make The Symbols Of Good Luck Obvious.
- Make a list of 5-10 things that represent good luck for you.
- Position these or pictures of these in places you will see them daily.
Why it’s lucky: Lucky charms and practices like Feng Shui have been around for a long time and things that last a long time almost always have some kind of basis in something that works. There are numerous symbols in all cultures that are said to improve luck including goldfish, fountains, bells, flowers, fresh smells, lucky coins, candles, etc. Imagine a society where you continually see the symbols of good luck. Luck is all around you and you are more open to appreciating, accepting and recognizing good luck. Feng Shui recognizes the role of your own intuition so use your gut instinct to choose what symbolizes good luck for you. If you change your mind, change your symbols.
2) Live In A House/Appartment With Above Average Light
- Look at your house and check if it gets above average light.
- Make a plan to move to a house with above average light.
- Always check the levels of light in the house/flat you are looking at. This might mean moving to a higher floor (typically higher levels have more light because of less shade) or to a house that is on the sunny side of the hill (South side if in the northern hemisphere, north side if in the southern hemisphere).
- If you are looking at planting something in front of a window, consider a deciduous tree so you have shade in summer but more light in winter.
If someone tells you that you are lucky to live in a nice place, then know that is luck you personally created.
3) Get Up At The Same Time Each Morning
- Decide on the time when you will get up each morning.
- Next decide on the best time to go to bed.
- Make sure the times you set allow you enough time to sleep (this varies significantly from person to person, so just set it to be enough for you). Even 6-7 hours with a regular waking time may be better than 8+ irregular hours. If you live with a partner who has different sleep requirement, I find it is best to set similar times to go to bed and different times to get up.
- Set 2 alarms – 1 for the morning to get up and another to prepare to sleep.
- Never use snooze. Get up on the first alarm. Once you get used to it, even a soft alarm is enough.
- Make a goal to get up at your set time at least X days per week. I recommend 6+ days for rising and 4+ days for going to bed. You can go to bed early if you need to catch up. If you are having trouble, then start with just one day per week and build from there.
Why it’s lucky: Getting up at a regular time (eg 5 am) is a simple habit once established, but the real benefit is regularity. This means the brain is ready and alert for the day at a certain time. Alert people are more open to opportunities which is another word for good luck. It is also a good feeling to start the day on the front foot and get something done in the morning before most others are up.
My best foot is my front foot.
4) Make An Eye-Catching Reminder Of Your Ideal Lucky-Self Or Lucky-Lifestyle
- Get a picture of your big goal and/or something you are grateful for. This might be a photo or other symbol or it may be a vision board, or painting representing your goal, ideal lifestyle, etc.
- Hang it up in a prominent place.
- Tilt it a little so it is slightly but noticeably CROOKED.
- Each time you look at it think a positive thought about your luck, the journey, how good life feels, etc and smile.
Why it’s lucky: Hanging a picture in a way that automatically draw your eye every day is a constant reminder. Daily reminders give daily energy. When you have completed that goal, straighten it and hang up a new picture … CROOKED.
5) Act On That Urge
I was just about to call you …
- When you think of someone and feel you should make contact.
- Call them immediately.
- When you think of someone, then with in a couple of minutes they call you.
- Cay to yourself, “Next time I get that feeling, I will call first”
Why it’s lucky: Intuition is a key part of luck. If people see you as a intuitive, empathetic and as someone who acts first, then they will include you. This generates luck through coincidences.
6) Learn And Appreciate The Cultural Symbols Of Good Luck
- Know that there are many symbols of good luck.
- Wizz through list below of all the symbols I could find representing good luck.
- When you spot them, simply think of think of good luck and good fortune being everywhere.
Why it’s lucky: Lucky symbols are everywhere. All cultures recognize the value of seeing good luck in many places. There is good luck all around you but you need to recognize the signs good fortune and opportunity and be open to luck before good luck will flow to you. Starting with material things will allow you to move onto true opportunities, situations and coincidences.
7) Keep A Diary
- Get a diary
- Read about First Person Future Completed.
- Fill it out with the completed tasks for the following day.
- Add one thing which you are grateful for each day.
Why it’s lucky: Building a list of things you are grateful for builds your awareness and appreciation of good luck. This is highly effective in generating good luck.
8) Practice Optimism
- Decide to believe and know that, generally speaking, good things happen.
- Decide to believe and know that when bad things happen, they are just temporary setbacks.
Why it’s lucky: Studies show that optimists live longer, therefore you have more time to achieve more of your goals therefore you will have a luckier life.
9) Exercise Regularly
- Exercise regularly
- See step 1
- If you are having trouble with step 1 then try the following:
- Make a date with a friend to exercise together.
- Make an agreement with yourself to exercise at least once per week then increase it from there.
- Find the best sort of exercise for you and just do that. Personally, I like jogging, but I only jog up hills because I find jogging down hills puts too much strain on my joints. So I do a circuit walking and jogging.
- Don’t be embarrassed to do exercise which is “too easy” for you. Just do what makes you feel good. You can always build up once you start.
- If you are healthy and willing to take on the risk of a heart attach, exercise really hard for just 5 minutes.
- If you really can’t exercise then spend 30 minutes imagining you are doing a heavy workout (of your preferred sport (yes, this sounds crazy, but it actually improves your muscle condition).
Why it’s lucky: Exercise builds your resilience and increases serotonin which wards off negativity of all sorts. That’s the highly summarized version, exercise works.
10) Practice Grounding, Meditation, Mindfulness or Yoga
- Take 1 minute to pay attention to the activity around you and your senses.
- Listen to the sounds near and distant.
- Look in all directions and notice something new.
- Feel the temperature and the wind.
- Smell the air to see what you notice.
- See if you have any taste in your mouth or remember the taste from your last meal.
11) Eat Enough Iron
- Choose what source of iron is good for you (eg. red meat, almonds and other nuts & seeds, beans, broccoli, leafy greens, green vegetables, tofu, other meats, etc.)
- Ensure you get plenty.
- If you are concerned or even interested, get your iron levels checked.
12) Choose A New Perspective
- Think of someone who is worse off than you.
- Know that you are luckier than you sometimes give yourself credit for.
- Help brighten someone’s day in some small way.
A story from today …
This afternoon while enjoying wood-fired pizza (and chatting about luck), a friend challenged me saying that there is no such thing as luck, so I told her this story from the morning …
This morning, I went for a walk with my daughter. As we were walking, she saw a snail crossing the footpath. My daughter picked it up and put it over where it wanted to go with the comment …
Hey snail, today’s your lucky day!
After hearing this story, my friend agreed that you can definitely create good luck for others out of nothing. With a few more examples, she agreed that you can create at least what appears and feels like good luck through intelligent decisions. She’s a tough case, but I’ll win her over next time.
13) Do something new
- Decide on something that you have never done before.
- Do it.
- Keep a list of things you want to do eg Your bucket list – 100 Crazy things to do before you die
- Remember that even if you are doing something you have done before, if you do it with someone new or in a different way, then that is new too.
- the chance of meeting new people who have similar interests
- the new skills and perspectives you learn
- the good luck that comes simply with having fun
- the advantages in taking a break from your routine
I also believe that doing new things creates new path ways in your brain which gives you new ways to look at situations and potentially more easily recognize an opportunity when it arrives.
14) Follow Professor Wiseman’s tips:
- Maximize Chance Opportunities
- People who feel they experience good luck and consider themselves lucky tend to put themselves into situations where they will come across new opportunities. From there, they are good at recognizing those opportunities and they have the energy and attitude to act.
- Listen to Lucky Hunches
- Lucky people listen to their gut instinct and intuition. Wiseman showed that this ability can be boosted through clearing your mind and practicing meditation.
- Expect Good Fortune
- People who are lucky expect that the future is going to bring good fortune. This helps them keep going through the tough times as well as see the positive side of setbacks.
- Turn Bad Luck to Good
- People who are statistically lucky know how to cope with setbacks. This might include imagining how things could have been worse, feeling that they have at least learnt what not to do next time, seeing that they now have experience that others don’t have and taking action to fix the situation as best they can.
For those interested, below is Wiseman’s book on Luck, but if you are going to read a book by Wiseman, you want to read 59 Seconds. It is excellent (it’s not directly a book on luck though, it is about self-help exercises in under a minute.).
59 Seconds is well worth a read
15) Work Only On What You Can Control and Change
- If you find yourself not making progress
- Ask “Am I working on something I can’t control?”
- Ask “What are the variables I can influence in this situation?”
- Work on what you can change.
Why it’s lucky: There are lots of things we can’t change in our lives, and sometimes we get stuck wasting time on stuff that is futile. One example is trying to change family members. Understanding what you can and can’t change is an important aspect of generating good luck. Feng Shui breaks it up nicely into Tien, Ti and Ren.
- Heaven Luck (Tien). In a nutshell, you can’t change the past. Neither can you change for example future world events (you may be able to influence some, but won’t be able to cover all of them). Your birth, family, previous experiences, any event once it has happened (both good and bad luck).
- Earth Luck (Ti). The practical luck of things around you. You can influence these by inviting good luck into your life and warding off bad luck. Examples include how you arrange your house.
- People Luck (Ren). The luck you make through your actions. Meeting people, learning new things, making solid plans and smart decisions.
If you liked this post, leave me a comment. Perhaps you know another way to make luck out of thin air..
See Luck, Feel lucky. Plan luck, Be lucky – Ramon.
List of lucky symbols – They are everywhere if you know to look.
Acorns, Teeth (Aligator, Shark, …), Amber, Amulets – eg Evil eye, Ankh, Axes, Bamboo, Bats (Red), Buddha, Cat’s Eye, Chimney Sweeps, Chinese Lanterns (Red), Circles, Coins, Colour – Red (and others in various cultures), Cows, Crescents, Crickets, Crosses, Dolphins, Dragonflies, Dream Catchers, Eggs, Elephants, Falling Stars / Shooting stars, Four Leaf Clovers, Frogs, Hand (eg helping hand), Hearts, Horns, Horseshoes, Kachinas dolls, Keys, Ladders, Ladybirds, Numbers – Lucky Seven, 8, lots of others, Pigs, Rabbit’s Feet, Rainbows, Saint Christopher, Sapphires, Scarabs, Stray Eyelashes, The North Star, Tigers, Triangles, Turtles / Tortoises, Wheels, Wishbones, Wishing Wells