Biz or Job Hunting Success: Black Cats and Lucky Leprechaun Hats
In a bid to generate more success in my life I perfected a ritual and repeated it every morning. I started each day with a prayer to Lady Luck while soaking in a bath filled with four leafed clovers. I got dressed and put on my rabbit foot socks and horseshoes. I brewed a cup of tea from holy water and fed my black cat called lucky. As I left the house I looked in the mirror and said “Paul you can’t fail because you have the luck of the Irish”. During the day I avoided ladders and searched for a black cat lying in the shadow of a gatepost because that black cat tells me luck is on its way. (No prizes for guessing who sang the lyrics :-)).
What a complete waste of time!! Fortunately I gave up this misguided obsession with luck. I threw away my lucky charms and put my black cat up for adoption. I realised that luck didn’t just happened and was something I had to create. This was liberating because it allowed me to take back 100% control of my success (or lack of success). It also saved the pain of trying to find enough four leafed clovers to fill a bath each morning.
STOP kidding yourself about luck.
For years I conveniently used luck to create a reality where success was about me and failure about abandonment by Lady Luck. I was allowed to take credit for all my successes. I could blame Lady Luck for my failures – the defeat in the All-Ireland Schools Basketball Final to a 3 pointer in the dying seconds (bad luck and not bad defence) or when previous job turned out to be a horrendous experience (bad luck and not poor research/decision-making). I also used luck to explain away the success of others – when friends got promotion or landed large contracts (good luck and not hard work). Jean Cocteau’s quote still brings a smile to my face “We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don’t like” Does this all sound familiar?
STOP waiting for luck and get lucky.
I stopped waiting for luck to come knocking at my door and I decided to go get my share by embracing the quote “the harder I work, the luckier I get”. I realised that blaming lack of luck didn’t change my results. I ditched the lucky charms and started thinking and acting like a lucky person. For those interested – lucky people (i) create, notice and act on opportunities, (ii) rely on intuition for decision-making, (iii) expect good things to happen in the future and (iv) have a knack of transforming negative (bad luck) into positive (good luck).
Maybe there is such a thing as luck but I no longer choose to believe in it (except Wednesday and Saturday when I do the lotto). I would be interested in hearing your views on the topic.