People are already talking about “Unlucky 2013”, but is there any reason to believe that just because the New Year ends in the number 13 that it is going to be unlucky? If you suffer from triskaidekaphobia, then you would most likely answer this question with a disheartening “yes”, and unfortunately, if bad luck is what you expect, then bad luck is probably what you will get. On the other hand, if you can abandon the superstitions surrounding the number 13 and embrace the New Year with an open and imaginative mind, you will be well on your way to creating your luckiest year ever!
According to Dr. Richard Wiseman, author of The Luck Factor, people who are “lucky” are good at four things.
1. Creating and noticing chance opportunities:
- Change up your routines. Take a different route to school or work. Join a club. Take a class. Take a walk. Do anything that will put you in a different place with different people. Then, interact…you never know where a simple conversation may take you.
2. Making decisions by listening to their intuition:
- Everyone has a built in barometer that tells you when something is essentially good or bad. Listen to it. Feel it. Let it guide you. It’s talking to you all of the time.
3. Creating self-fulfilling prophecies via positive expectations:
- Stop obsessing about what is wrong with your life. Start visualizing what it is that you want and how good it would feel to have it. Put some positive emotion behind your vision to make it even more powerful.
4. Adopting a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good:
- Look for the silver lining in every situation. Remind yourself that no matter what your circumstance might be, there is something good about it.
If you are hoping for some fortunate changes to come your way in 2013, take some time to consider these tips and incorporate them into your daily life.
All of us here at Distance Minnesota wish you the best of luck in the New Year!
Contributed by: Teresa Blatti | Online Advisor