Do you believe in luck?
I remember, as a young girl, crawling on hands and knees through the clover in our front yard, desperately seeking the all-magical 4-leaf clover. Did you ever do that? Or maybe you carried a little rabbit foot key chain in your pocket. (Gross – does anyone do that anymore?)
I used to think that luck was random, magical good fortune that happened mainly to other people. Do you ever feel a little envious (or maybe a lot) when you see others who seem to have the world handed to them on a silver platter? “Must be nice to be so lucky!” we mumble under our breath.
The truth is, there is no such thing as luck. And that’s actually good news because if it were real, you couldn’t control it. What you CAN control, though, is MINDSET.
“Lucky” people think and act in ways that bear good fruit.
I am so fascinated by the human mind. As I continue to grow in my own personal development and research to help others create spiritual, emotional and physical breakthrough in their lives, I am finding more and more proof of the importance to take captive our thoughts.
“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8
The human brain has a built in filter (Reticular Activating System – for my nerdy friends). The RAS is programmed to zero in on what you focus most. This filter is the thing that causes us to suddenly notice all the pink Cadillac’s on the road, once you buy one. (Who wouldn’t want a pink Cadillac?)
If you focus on what’s going wrong in your life… guess what? Yep! Your brain will be more than happy to bring tons of examples of what’s wrong in your life. I believe this starts early in childhood- perhaps a learned habit. If you were around worry-warts and negative people, or you were not given the tools to deal with challenges, you probably learned at a young age to focus more on the problems in life than gratitude.
But there is hope! You can reprogram your thinking with a little intention and effort.
Here are 5 ways to improve your luck:
1. Pray. Sounds pretty simple, right? It is!! When you spend time with God and get to know his character through his Word, you will begin to grasp how fortunate you are. Scripture is FULL of promises for prosperity, grace, forgiveness and joy – even in hard times. He will transform your mind, if you let Him. One of the best things I’ve done to improve my mindset in the last year is to stop reading fluffy devotionals and start reading straight-up scripture. The First 5 app, by Proverbs 31 Ministries is fantastic! It’s the first thing I do every morning and sets the tone of my day.
2. Visualize positive outcomes. Spend 5-10 minutes in quiet meditation each morning and envision yourself going through the day. See yourself feeling empowered, confident and OPTIMISTIC. Write down one thing you are excited about today. It doesn’t matter what your day looks like, there is always, ALWAYS something to look forward to.
3. Keep a gratitude journal. There’s a saying I’ve held on to for years… “You get more of whatever you focus on.” If you focus on lack, you will have lack. If you focus on abundance, you will have abundance. If you focus on joy, you will have joy. See where I’m going here? Your brain is trying to help you focus on what you want… so teach it to want what is GOOD. The 5 Minute Journal (book and/or app) by Intelligent Change and One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp are great resources.
4. Guard your mind. We are so inundated with alarmist content via social media and television. Seriously, it’s no wonder there is such an increase in depression in our society. You have a choice! You don’t have to watch it!! Unfollow negative accounts. Stop watching 24/7 news channels. Pick up the phone and call a friend instead. Take a walk with your dog. Read a book. Journal. Feed your mind good soul food.
5. Surround yourself with “lucky” people. Positivity (and negativity) are contagious. If the people you are hanging out with make it a sport to see who has the worst victim story… it’s time to make new friends. Seriously. Life is too short to hang out with Negative Nellie’s. Join a club, Facebook group or church connect group and find new people who encourage and inspire.