Hoping for a better opportunity or an interesting contract? Good luck with that. And we say that because all of us at The Bagg Group know you have the power to increase your luck. Read on to learn how.
Research shows that some people have more luck than others, but that’s not by chance. Luck happens when you act lucky, according to British professor and psychologist Richard Wiseman, author of The Luck Factor.
There are 4 things all lucky people do to get fortune to smile on them often.
1. They notice chance opportunities, which unlucky people don’t.
2. They trust their intuition when making decisions.
3. They head into situations with positive expectations.
4. When something bad happens, they figure that things could always have been worse.
To make your own luck, first thing you need to is relax
A small percentage of things that happen to us are completely out of our control, like winning the lottery. According to Wiseman, there’s no denying kismet and pure coincidence, but for the most part, we have a lot more influence in shaping our destines than do the stars and the planets.
Good things happen to lucky people, says Wiseman, because they’re relaxed and unafraid so they do and see things others don’t. Conversely, when you’re anxious about an outcome, you can’t spot the unexpected, or chance, opportunities, even when these are right in front of your nose.
Professor Wiseman ran a large study that asked groups of self-described lucky and unlucky people to count pictures in a newspaper. It took the unlucky about two minutes to do so. The lucky were finished in seconds. Why? Because those who feel lucky were less anxious and as a result, they spotted a very large headline on page two that read, “Stop counting, there are 43 photographs in this paper.” The unlucky never even noticed it.
8 unexpected ways to improve your luck in job-hunting and in life!
Go into any situation knowing that you’ll survive whatever the outcome is:
Telling yourself you absolutely must get this job increases your anxiety, desperation, and stress. And when your inner voice is screaming at you, “don’t blow this,” it’s hard to pick up the small clues to that could get you to better places.
When you talk to people who can help your career, focus on connecting not convincing.
The winning formula is to lessen fear to increase luck. So don’t set the bar so high, just aim for a good conversation about how you think you may be able to help people out.
Need a lucky break? Shake it up, have more fun.
Professor Wiseman notes, “Unlucky people are stuck in routines.” Here’s an example. A self-described unlucky person complained that networking events were a waste of time and money; he only ever met other job-hunters. He admitted that he only approached people who looked as panicked and lost as he felt. When given a challenge to introduce himself to anyone wearing a certain colour of clothing, he had a much more profitable experience.
Listen to your hunches:
If your gut says go for it, but your head says, “Whoa, it’s impossible” here’s what you do. Acknowledge your doubt but don’t let it win the battle. Experts suggest telling yourself, and others, “Yep, it may be impossible, but I’m going for it anyway.”
People — and therefore luck — smile on optimists:
Notice how lucky people always have stories about how others who they barely knew helped them out? Experts say that wasn’t by dumb luck. The reason they benefited from support was because people were inspired by their initiative, drive and enthusiasm.
Tell yourself that good things will happen…eventually anyway:
Tennessee Williams said it best, “Luck is believing you’re lucky.” Lucky people persist not because they have a crystal ball that gives them any guarantees, but because they decide to believe that every thing will be fine, if not today than tomorrow. Experts say that belief drives the lucky to keep going in the face of obstacles.
As the lucky say, “Everything works out in the end, and if it hasn’t worked out yet, then it’s not the end.“
Remember, “it could always be worse”:
Didn’t get the job? A better one is around the corner. Had a tough interview? You’re lucky it wasn’t 20 times more embarrassing. This kind of thinking matters, insists Professor Wiseman. It positively affects your energy and your willingness to try again.
Tell yourself “I’m lucky” and back it up with proof everyday:
As Gene Hayden, author of The Follow-Through Factor insists, we become our stories. Professor Wiseman runs an experiment that makes the case. At the end of each day, he asks participants to write even the smallest, positive thing that happened to them that day. They are asked to not write down any thing that was unlucky or negative. At the end of the week, people have a list of good things, and by the end of the month, it’s hard for them not to believe they’re one of the lucky ones.
At The Bagg Group, we’re really lucky. All of our five divisions, Bagg Pro, Bagg Technology Services, Bagg @ Your Service, Bagg Managed Resources and Turn Key Staffing work with great clients and candidates. As a result, we’ve successfully placed about 60,000 people in full-time, contract and temporary placements over our 40+ year history.
You can be sure that we always look for chance opportunities –and find them. We have lots of proof!