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10 Great Tips – How to make your own luck and money
EVER wondered why some people just seem to be constantly lucky when it comes to making money or winning prizes?
Well according to the experts our luck is all down to the way that we approach life and anyone can increase their chances of being a success by following a few simple tips.
Dr Stephen Simpson is an Elite Performance Coach and contributor to The Best You magazine. He helps top business executives and sports professionals to boost their careers – and says the secret is to know what you want to achieve.
Dr Stephen said: “I often hear people complain that others seem to always get all the good luck, especially when it comes to money. But you can create your own good luck by being positive and focusing on your goals in life.
“Lucky people are really just those of us who are always on the lookout for opportunities and they are not afraid to take them.”
Here’s Dr Stephen’s Top Ten Tips for creating your own luck when it comes to wealth and money …
1 – KNOW WHAT YOU WANT: You’d be amazed by how many people have no idea of what it is they want out of life. In order to attain success you need to have clear goals. These could be anything from having a high flying career to just making your money go further by being financially astute. Once you have decided what you want, you can set about achieving your goals instead of just going with the flow. Write them down because writing is the doing part of thinking. It is a connection to the subconscious. Then remind yourself of them every day.
2 – CREATE CONFIDENCE: It’s no surprise that the people who do the best in life are those who come across as confident and self-assured. If you believe in yourself, others will too. You can create confidence by playing ‘magic movies’ in your mind in which you visualize yourself as a success. What does it look and feel like to have more money and to be lucky? You will find that by acting more confident you will become more confident …
3 – COMBAT NEGATIVE THINKING: Most of us have a little internal voice that constantly makes negative statements in our own minds. For example, how often have you thought, “I won’t enter the lottery because I won’t win.” Well if you don’t enter you definitely won’t win! Avoid being self-critical. Repeat the following statement over and over: “I will never say anything bad about myself again.”
4 – SPOT OPPORTUNITIES: The reason many people are lucky is because they are more observant and they tend to spot opportunities by “living in the moment.” They do this by paying attention to the present, rather than worrying about the past (which we cannot change) or the future (which we can’t predict). The next time you go for a walk leave the phone and your music at home. Count the number of chimneys or road signs that you can spot. This will teach your brain to be more aware of what’s going on around you, including any lucky breaks. You might even find money that somebody has dropped!
5 – ASK FOR A PAY RISE: There’s an old saying that if you don’t ask, you don’t get. When asking for a pay rise smile, adopt a confident tone and posture (lean forward slightly and never slouch). Explain that you love your job and it’s great working for your boss, but say there’s one thing that you would like to improve: your salary. Be confident and friendly and explain that you are worth it. Resolve to yourself that even if your boss eventually says no, you will feel better for trying.
6 – WORK SMARTER, NOT HARDER: Some people think that the only key to getting rich is to work like a dog, but this isn’t the case. The key is to avoid wasting time on things that you are no good at or don’t enjoy. Instead concentrate on the positives whenever you can, and focus on just one job at a time. This isn’t easy with looming deadlines and impatient bosses, but switching off your favourite social media apps for a few minutes might just help. If you are overworked and overstressed you will fail to spot opportunities when they come along.
7 – ENTER COMPETITIONS: Some people seem to win lots of prizes, but that’s really just because they enter lots of competitions. Every time you enter something you increase your odds of winning something. Take advantage of free competitions in newspapers and on TV whenever you can. Not only is it fun, but you’ll be making your own luck and the law of averages says sooner or later you will win.
8 – ASK FOR THE BEST PRICE: In Britain we’re averse to haggling for discounts but in many cultures it is a routine part of life. The next time you make a major purchase ask for a reduction in price. Begin by saying how much you like the product (this will get the salesperson’s attention). Then explain that the price is a little higher than you want to pay and make them an offer. You’ll be surprised how often they accept.
9 – VALUE FAMILY & FRIENDS: Lucky people tend to be those of us who are surrounded by a circle of contacts, including family and friends. These help to ensure that we are in the right place at the right time to hear about opportunities. By networking, we make our own luck. During a recession the people who survive the best are those who go to the pub or café rather than those who stay at home – because they get to hear about new opportunities.
10 – LISTEN TO YOUR INTUITION: When we are rushing through life we use the conscious part of our brain to make decisions. But if we fail to listen to our gut-instincts – which come from the subconscious – we are ignoring the power of a huge part of our brain. Take time to listen to your intuitions and don’t be afraid to act upon them. If you feel lucky about something then give it a try, because the chances are there’s a hidden reason why you feel lucky. Meditation can also be a great help, and there are often free courses in your area that you can attend.