What can you do to be lucky? What can you do to harness the happy coincidences in life?
You may assume fortune simply occurs, yet everyone can learn to uncover good fortune.
Certainty provides comfort to humans.
We build regimes, create schedules, and organize our actions, tactics, and goals around these structures.
These routines provide us the gratification of knowing that by making a plan, we have a likelihood of seeing it through.
But there is another factor at work in life that often makes the most significant impact on our futures: the 'unanticipated' or 'unknowns.'
It's essential to be open and sensitive to the unexpected to be fortunate.
Although anticipating the unexpected is essential for developing smart luck, another critical component to consider is readiness.
It is partially about reducing mental (your mentality) and physical (the locations you live and interact in) barriers to unexpected, such as packed schedules, pointless meetings, and inefficiencies throughout your day that deprive you of time, curiosity, and a feeling of delight.
You may prepare by increasing your mental willingness to connect with opportunities and building an environment that allows you to utilize your abilities and available resources to act at the moment.
Unprepared minds often dismiss uncommon interactions, losing out on possibilities for fortune.
However, this is a taught behavior. Readiness is the ability to expedite and harness the happy coincidences in life.
In this Guide, I'll teach you the principles of achieving this.
Recognize and confront your prejudices
Our cognitive patterns and prejudices about the world might make it challenging to recognize and capitalize on the unexpected.
They influence our behavior and how we connect with the outside environment.
To properly foster luck, we must first overcome three fundamental biases:
You are underestimating the unexpected,
Your hindsight bias,
Your functional fixedness.
Plan the unexpected, don't underestimate the blessing of unexpected
It's easy to underestimate the unexpected, yet doing so blinds you to possibilities to produce good luck.
Yes, it's improbable that your laptop will start slow on the day of your major presentation.
Experienced presenters will frequently have a story ready for when things go wrong – knowing full well that they will – which tends to win over the audience since they look to be fast on their feet and comfortable exposing their humanity.
The same reasoning holds true for all the nice things that may happen during the day.
Only when you accept that the unexpected occurs will you begin to perceive it as a possible advantage or opportunity rather than a danger.
The bias of hindsight.
Hindsight bias causes us to regard events as more predictable than they were and to develop narratives that neatly explain everything while neglecting the role of chance.
This post-rationalization refers to our human desire for familiarity amid the unfamiliar and the management of abnormalities.
In that case, you will miss the significance of the unexpected and lose the chance of being fortunate.
Stop seeing the thing through your tunnel vision of hindsight bias, and broaden your vision to recognize an alternative perspective.
When you understand things beyond what you already assume they should be, you will open the door of fortune in your life.
When we use a tool in our daily lives, we get so acclimated to its typical specialized role that we frequently fail to see its utility in other circumstances — a bias called 'functional fixedness.'
In other words, we frequently do things out of habit — we'll often stick with 'the hard way simply because that's the way we've always done it.
The mental agility to improvise to perceive how a tool may be utilized differently is critical to developing your serendipity attitude.
When you forsake the physical and mental tools with which you are most comfortable and seek out new methods to work or think, your creativity will flourish, and your chance to be fortunate will improve.
Develop an open attitude.
Instead of depending on your natural biases, make a deliberate effort to think outside your customary models or established ways of thinking of open-mindedness.
Stay open-minded to help create or strengthen your chance of encountering good fortune.
It will work with you to discover the clutter in your life, clear it up, make room for fortune, make new connections, and recognize opportunities in crises.
Make a habit of keeping a diary.
Don't overthink things if you're new to journaling.
Set a two-minute timer, then note in two columns the portions of your day that resulted in good fortune and those that did not go so well.
Examine the portions of your day that worked exceptionally well for you and the sections that were inefficient, unpleasant, or unfulfilling.
You may notice specific patterns that stick out, for better or worse.
Journaling and reflection are great ways to start cleaning your life and exploring the areas that impede you from being present and recognizing your good fortune.
Make time for yourself.
Fostering fortune is a method.
It's about changing chance into good fortune by your efforts, which doesn't always happen instantly.
It often needs an incubation period. Be patient, understanding that some of your actions may produce an instant spark, but others may be more akin to sowing seeds, which will pleasantly surprise you in the future.
In the meanwhile, respecting your time every day is a vital habit.
Making a timetable for yourself and safeguarding your "me time" will allow you to manage your attention, hobbies, and creative energy.
Consider this time to be dating yourself.
Schedule it on your schedule and utilize time to create, write, or envelope yourself in a field that interests you.
Simple techniques may help you recognize, maximize, and capitalize on uncertainty in your everyday life.
Next time you meet someone new, cast a few points – examples of your current interests, hobbies, and vocation – to increase the likelihood that you and the other person will latch on to the common ground and shared passions.
This, my friend, will trigger more fortune in the future, trust me.
Finally, consider re-framing flaws, difficulties, and setbacks as possibilities.
I pray for your good fortune.
It is full of unexpected when you practice what you learn today in life to be more lucky and foster fortune; you learn even better to handle it.