Article: The Luck Factor

The loser’s guide to getting lucky
By Professor Richard Wiseman
University of Hertfordshire
From BBC Online, 22 December 2003: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/3335275.stm#tips

“Why do some people get all the luck while others never get the breaks they deserve? A psychologist says he has discovered the answer.

Ten years ago, I set out to examine luck.

I wanted to know why some people are always in the right place at the right time, while others consistently experience ill fortune.

I placed advertisements in national newspapers asking for people who felt consistently lucky or unlucky to contact me.

Hundreds of extraordinary men and women volunteered for my research and, over the years, I have interviewed them, monitored their lives and had them take part in experiments.

The results reveal that although these people have almost no insight into the causes of their luck, their thoughts and behaviour are responsible for much of their good and bad fortune.

Take the case of seemingly chance opportunities. Lucky people consistently encounter such opportunities, whereas unlucky people do not.

I carried out a simple experiment to discover whether this was due to differences in their ability to spot such opportunities.

I gave both lucky and unlucky people a newspaper, and asked them to look through it and tell me how many photographs were inside.

I had secretly placed a large message halfway through the newspaper saying: “Tell the experimenter you have seen this and win £250.”

This message took up half of the page and was written in type that was more than two inches high.

Anxiety

It was staring everyone straight in the face, but the unlucky people tended to miss it and the lucky people tended to spot it.

Unlucky people are generally more tense than lucky people, and this anxiety disrupts their ability to notice the unexpected.

As a result, they miss opportunities because they are too focused on looking for something else.

They go to parties intent on finding their perfect partner and so miss opportunities to make good friends.

They look through newspapers determined to find certain types of job advertisements and miss other types of jobs.

Self-fulfilling prophecies

Lucky people are more relaxed and open, and therefore see what is there rather than just what they are looking for.

My research eventually revealed that lucky people generate good fortune via four principles.

They are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities, make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition, create self-fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations, and adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good.

Towards the end of the work, I wondered whether these principles could be used to create good luck.

I asked a group of volunteers to spend a month carrying out exercises designed to help them think and behave like a lucky person.

Dramatic results

These exercises helped them spot chance opportunities, listen to their intuition, expect to be lucky, and be more resilient to bad luck.

One month later, the volunteers returned and described what had happened. The results were dramatic: 80% of people were now happier, more satisfied with their lives and, perhaps most important of all, luckier.

The lucky people had become even luckier and the unlucky had become lucky.

Finally, I had found the elusive “luck factor” .

Here are Professor Wiseman’s four top tips for becoming lucky:

– Listen to your gut instincts – they are normally right

– Be open to new experiences and breaking your normal routine

– Spend a few moments each day remembering things that went well

– Visualise yourself being lucky before an important meeting or telephone call. Luck is very often a self-fulfilling prophecy. ”

 

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Poem: Invigorating Connection

2-k

 

two white
lines
appear
in the
skyline,
gracefully
they move
across
the sky
highlighting
the message
from your
soul,

the exact
timing
of
celestial
phenomena
continues
to
amaze
me

telepathic
consolidation
tickles

 

– Deelia ©

 

Photo: Deelia ©

Poem: A Radio Full of Stars

 

My radio
is in sync
with me;
it often
gives
me
good
chuckles
in form
of synchronicity.
Like it
repeats my
thoughts
in exact timing,
or plays
a song
as a confirmation
to my mind
reminding
me that
magic
is always
up-to-date.
Nothing
is really
mundane.

We are
connected
to the
loving field,
its
all encompassing
Magic
catches
us all.

**

One night
I was looking
for the stars
on the Internet;
immediately
when I
opened the
first
image
the radio
began to play
A Sky Full of
Stars
by
Coldplay.

There
was even
more to it,
as I had
been asking
for the next
heart song
to add to
my dance
floor.

I now play it to
you
because of
my joyful
gratitude.

– Deelia ©

A Sky Full of Stars by Coldplay

 

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Poem: Hot Air Balloon

 

out of
nowhere
in exact timing
a hot
air balloon
is appearing
to the sky

effortlessly
like my
lighter
thoughts
it moves
across the
ether
with
balanced
air
and
fire

airy
lightness
united
with
grace,
the bigger
perspective
right at
hand

the peculiar
sense
of ease and
peace
reaches
deeper
yet
lighter,
a renewed
memory
of a
light filled
morning
that was there
since from
the beginning

flirting
with
the fire

– Deelia ©

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Poem: Chickadee, chickadee III

 

Oh,
chickadee, chickadee
you came with
a mate to check
on me

just like I was
shown
in a vision
the other day:
a chickadee couple
sitting
on a tree

“My magic girl,
my magic girl,
you deeply
know
what is going
on.
I love you
being so
stubborn.”

 

– Deelia ©

Chickadee, chickadee II https://soulfields.wordpress.com/2016/05/12/poem-chickadee-chickadee-ii/

Chickadee, chickadee https://soulfields.wordpress.com/2014/12/19/poem-chickadee-chickadee/

 

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Poem: Twin Spirit

ID-100140596

 

As I lay
in the bed
before falling
into

sleep
another
beautiful
thing
happens

– What is this?
– It is the merger
of the
twin spirit.
(Via merger of soul
and spirit.)

Sacred twin,
twin mate,
the ultimate one,
twin spirit,
divine twin,

how many

sacred twin
rays
are there

and I let
go of thinking
and enjoy,
observe

blissful
sensual
energy
flowing
caressing
me
yet in another
new way,

how many blisses are
there

And my
cell phone
announces
a text message
arriving
at an unusual time,
I know who it is

from

how many
synchronicities
are there

**

Nightly discussion
in the kitchen
anchors
the spheres of
cosmic
closeness
into
the
everyday
life

later
your chin
lights
a fire
in my neck

 

– Deelia ©

 

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The Police: Synchronicity I

 

Synchronicity I
Written By Sting
http://www.thepolice.com/discography/audio/synchronicity-i

With one breath, with one flow
You will know
Synchronicity

A sleep trance, a dream dance
A shared romance
Synchronicity

A connecting principle
Linked to the invisible
Almost imperceptible
Something inexpressible
Science insusceptible
Logic so inflexible
Causally connectible
Yet nothing is invincible

If we share this nightmare
Then we can dream
Spiritus mundi

If you act, as you think
The missing link
Synchronicity

We know you, they know me
Extrasensory
Synchronicity

A star fall, a phone call
It joins all
Synchronicity

It’s so deep, it’s so wide
Your inside
Synchronicity

Effect without a cause
Sub-atomic laws, scientific pause
Synchronicity…

 

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