In this article we will discuss about ‘Locus of Control’. After reading this article you will learn about: 1. Meaning of Locus of Control 2. Types of Locus of Control 3. Assumptions 4. Influence.
Meaning of Locus of Control:
Locus of control refers to one’s assumption about responsibility for good and bad events. Every person during his lifetime comes across some good and some had outcomes. While he acts to maximise the possibility of good outcomes and enjoys the success of his life, he tries to minimise the possibility of bad outcomes.
Types of Locus of Control:
Locus of control is of two types:
(1) Internal Locus of control,
(2) External Locus of control.
1. Internal Locus of Control:
When a person believes that he or she is able to act so as to maximise the possibility of good outcomes and to minimise the possibility of bad outcomes he is said to have internal locus of control.
2. External Locus of Control:
Those who are always at the mercy of luck, fate and unforeseen uncontrollable outside force and feel helpless all the time and never like to take the responsibility for their bad outcomes and miserable performances in life are said to have external locus of control.
Individual differences are seen in this regard. Some people are so made up that they always blame some outside force for their failure, while there are others who do not adopt this attitude. In this context Jullian hotter (1975) proposed the dimensions of locus of control.
According to the personality theory of Rotter behaviour occurs as a function of a person’s expectancy that the behaviour will result in reinforcement and the value expectancy he or she places on any particular reinforcement.
Assumptions of Locus of Control:
People try to maximize highly valued rewards and minimise extremely distasteful punishments. From the learning experience of the childhood some people develop an internal belief system that by sincerity, hard work and efforts and intelligent understanding of the situation, one can prosper.
On the other hand some people assume that success or failure of a person and other important event of his life is determined by chance, by luck and by other unknown factors.
Rotter (1966) has developed a scale which treats locus of control. Taking into consideration the dimension of personality as envisaged by Rotter, it was held that maladjustment should be associated with either extreme of this personality dimension. One could be maladjusted by assuming total helplessness or lack of responsibility or by believing that he is totally in control of life’s events.
However, researches conducted by Lian and Hedge, (1982) Raine, Roger and Venables (1982) indicate that internality is a more positive assert than externality since school children having the external dimension of personality are neurotic, impulsive and hyperactive.
In a study conducted on samples from US, India and Hong King, it was consistently found that externally oriented individuals who put the responsibility on external factors were characterized by self destruction behaviour like drinking, smoking and driving unsafely and more depressed.
Studies show that differences in locus of control are related to behaviour in competitive situations. People with internal orientation perform externals when competition is involved but they do not differ in a cooperative situation. On the contrary, competitive demands lead those with an external orientation to give up. Internals fail to conform and also resist the influences of experimenters and attempt to behave in ways contrary to what is expected.
It was further found that by and large, internals appear to be less inclined than externals to submit in an unquestioning manner to fellow members or to superiors. In their social interactions internals take steps to control the outcome. Internally oriented college females use more cosmetics than externals. Internality is positively related to success on school performance and achievement.
In actual work situations it is found that internals work harder and have relatively more job satisfaction in comparison to their external counterparts.
Influence of Locus of Control on Education:
Locus of control strongly influences the very process of education.
Locus of control is more or less stable like any other trait of personality. But some changes may occur depending upon the situations. In childhood internality increases with age. Also with increase in administrative experience internality increases.
Conversely, unfortunate incidents and extremely disrupting events in life increase externality. Some persons with strong self confidence and faith on competency and sincerity may shift to faith, luck and uncontrollable factors when they meet failures and frustrations in life events which are totally beyond their control like sudden death of near and dear ones, divorce, separation, health problems, constant failure in examinations, inability to get a job inspite of repeated attempts and many other similar factors. Ultimately such people loose hope in themselves and leave everything to fate, Lumpkin (1986) found that old age is characterized by externality.
Sometimes externality is necessary, particularly when one feels very helpless and has to give himself solace and by viewing that he is not personally responsible for such mistakes. By this the ego of the person is able to reduce and resolve a lot of anxiety.
In sum, for the growth of a normal and successful personality pattern children and adults should be taught to have better self concepts so that they can take active part in achieving things. They can have self confidence rather than feeling helpless and leaving everything to fate, to outside force so that they can be able to take up various responsibility in life. However, either extreme is undesirable.
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You’ve probably heard sayings like:
“It’s not what happens that matters but how you react (to what happens) that matters”
“It’s not about the situation or the circumstance, it’s about you in it”
“Things only have the meaning we give them”
“People only treat you the way you let them”
You the Reactor
All of the above sayings refer to how we deal with, manage and react to what happens in our world. In extreme cases a momentary reaction can influence, if not shape, the next ten (twenty, fifty) years of our life. For good or bad. And on a completely different scale, many reactions will be unconscious, almost meaningless blips on the radar of our life. From the moment you and I get out of bed each day we are reacting (consciously or not) to our dynamic environment. Fortunately we don’t live in a static world; how boring would that be? We react to a broad range of stimuli hundreds of times every day and while the majority of our reactions are incidental and largely inconsequential (catching the falling spoon from the edge of the table, changing stations when we don’t like the music, answering a simple question), others will play a significant role in our future – although we may not be aware of it at the time.
Finding the Bad
Some of us have mastered the ‘habit’ of reacting negatively; of finding the bad, rather than finding the lesson or finding the good. For many people, the “what can I learn from this” question doesn’t feature nearly as much as the “why do these morons make my life a misery” or “why does this always happen to me” questions.
Two people go through the same event (a minor traffic accident perhaps). One emerges from his vehicle wielding an iron bar, frothing at the mouth, screaming obscenities and threatening violence, while the other calmly searches for a pen and paper to exchange insurance details. The psycho gets arrested for attempted assault and battery with a weapon, while Mr Calm drives home with a small scratch on his car, kisses his wife and kids and carries on with his happy life. Rather than learning a lesson from the experience and vowing to change his ways, the angry psycho gets even angrier at the cops, the judge, the legal system, the government and the rest of the world for victimising him. Following his arrest and conviction, he continues to stumble from one (self-created and perpetuated) drama to the next. Never realising that in the middle of all these catastrophes, he is the common denominator. He is the reason. He is the creator of the mayhem. He is the problem. And the solution; should he choose to be. If only he would learn to manage the events of his life differently (react differently), his life experience (his reality) would change dramatically. But as long as he continues to do the same (react poorly), he will continue to produce the same type of negative, destructive outcomes.
Calm in the Middle of the Chaos
The sooner we realise that we can have a great day, every day, despite what does or doesn’t happen on that day, the sooner we will move away from the chaos and into the calm. Keeping in mind that we exist in a physical world but do most of our living in our head. With practice you and I can be the calm in the middle of chaos. For the most part, the only environment you and I can control is our internal one, so how we react, how we interpret situations and the type of questions we ask ourselves will play a big role in that process. Even though we have the ability to control our internal environment (our reality), sadly, many of us hand over that power to situations, circumstances, events, ‘luck’ and my (least) favourite, other people. As long as our internal environment is merely a reflection of our external reality then our happiness will always be held to ransom by something beyond our control.
Every day of our lives you and I are presented with situations, circumstances, events, challenges and conversations which will elicit a reaction from us (one way or the other). For some this will produce an emotional, volatile, irrational, spontaneous or even disastrous response, while for other folk it will be a more measured, calm, considerate and strategic response to the happenings in their world. Emotion is what drives us, but logic and intelligence is what should be steering us.
So why do we do react stupidly when we know better?
Because in ‘that moment’ our response invariably has nothing to do with logic, understanding or intelligence and everything to do with emotion (insecurity, anger, fear, resentment, jealousy). We don’t actually think, consider or plan, we just react. Rather than (us) managing our emotions, all of a sudden our emotions are running the show. Often with dire results. All that ‘self-help stuff’ goes flying out the window. Yep, seen it. Done it even. Sitting at our computer reading an article like this is the easy bit; it all makes sense. We’re in complete control. We’re calm, cerebral, logical, rational, philosophical and evolved. We ‘get’ it. Well, we get the theory of it anyway. But sitting at our computer is not really when we’re put to the test, is it? It’s when that person pisses us off (again)… and all the personal development lessons from this website go straight out the window. Or hopefully not.
A lot of us get stuck because we focus on things that are outside of our control. The more we do this, the more disempowered we are, and the more frustrated or disappointed or angry or anxious we feel.
In contrast, the more we focus on what’s in our control, the more empowered we are; we can actually do something useful.
So here are some ideas to help you get clearer about what definitely is not in our control, and what isn’t, in our control, and what potentially is:
Outside My Control
- Vast majority of my emotions & feelings
- Vast majority of my thoughts
- Vast majority of my sensations
- My memories
- Whether or not I achieve my goals
- How good I feel when doing what I do
- What other people say and do
- How others perceive my motivations
- How others judge or perceive me
- What happens in the future
- What happened in the past
- Inevitable painful losses in life
- Whether or not life gives me what I want
- The inevitability of ageing, illness and injury
Within My Control (Potentially)
- How I respond to my emotions & feelings
- How I respond to my thoughts
- How I respond to my sensations
- How I respond to my memories
- How much action I take towards my goals
- How much I focus on & engage in what I do
- What I say and do to influence other people
- How much I use my values for motivation
- Whether or not I act like the sort of person I want to be
- What I say and do to influence the future
- How I respond to thoughts about the past
- Being self-compassionate when losses occur
- The values I live by, whether or not life gives me what I want
- How I take care of and look after myself
Note the very important word “potentially.”
If we’re on auto-pilot, being jerked around by our thoughts and feelings, we’re not likely to be able to exert control in these areas.
But if we are mindful – that is self-aware, present, engaged in what we are doing, able to let our thoughts and feelings flow through us without getting hooked by them – then we can exert control in these areas.
Of course, this isn’t an exhaustive list; I’m sure you can think of other things to add on both sides. However, it’s a good start. So if you want to empower yourself, then get mindful and focus on the stuff within your control.
“You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.”
I’ve noticed that things go much more smoothly when I give up control—when I allow them to happen instead of making them happen. Unfortunately, I’m terrible at this.
Although I’m much better than I used to be, I’m a bit of a control freak. I often use perfectly good energy trying to plan, predict, and prevent things that I cannot possibly plan, predict, or prevent.
For example, I wonder if my baby is going to get a proper nap when we travel and, if not, just how crabby she might be. I think through her travel and napping patterns, attempting to figure out exactly what we’re up against, as if her sleep is something I can control.
I also think about the weather a lot when out-of-town guests are visiting. I spend my already-limited time planning for every possible weather/mood combination when considering our itinerary.
Like most humans I know, I spend a lot of time in business that’s not mine. The baby’s business, my friends’ business, Mother Nature’s business.
As a recovering control freak, there are three things I know for sure about trying to control things:
1. We try to control things because of what we think will happen if we don’t.
In other words, control is rooted in fear.
2. Control is a result of being attached to a specific outcome—an outcome we’re sure is best for us, as if we always know what’s best.
When we trust that we’re okay no matter what circumstances come our way, we don’t need to micromanage the universe. We let go. And we open ourselves to all sorts of wonderful possibilities that aren’t there when we’re attached to one “right” path.
3. The energy of surrender accomplishes much more than the energy of control.
I suspect it’s slightly different for everyone, but here’s what control mode looks and feels like for me: My vision gets very narrow and focused, my breath is shallow, adrenaline is pumping and my heart rate increases.
My mind shifts from topic to topic and from past to future very quickly, and I have little concentration, poor memory, and almost no present-moment awareness.
In surrender mode, I’m calm, peaceful. Breathing deeply, present in the moment. I see clearly and my vision extends out around me, allowing me to (literally) see the bigger picture.
So the great irony is that attempting to control things actually feels less in control. When I’m micro-managing and obsessing over details, I know I’m in my own way.
The Art of Surrender
Surrender literally means to stop fighting. Stop fighting with yourself. Stop fighting the universe and the natural flow of things. Stop resisting and pushing against reality.
Surrender = Complete acceptance of what is + Faith that all is well, even without my input.
It’s not about inaction. It’s about taking action from that place of surrender energy.
If letting go of control and surrendering not only feel better, but actually produce better results, then how do we do that?
Sometimes it’s as easy as noticing that you’re in control mode and choosing to let go—consciously and deliberately shifting into surrender energy.
For example, when I become aware that I’m in control mode, I imagine that I’m in a small boat paddling upstream, against the current. It’s hard. It’s a fight. That’s what control mode feels like to me.
When I choose to let go and surrender, I visualize the boat turning around, me dropping the oars, and floating downstream.
I’m being gently pulled, no effort necessary on my part. Simply breathing and saying, “Let go of the oars” is usually enough to get me there.
Sometimes it’s a little harder to make the shift from control to surrender. Here are a few questions that can help:
1. What am I afraid will happen if I let go of control?
When you pinpoint the fear, question its validity. Ask yourself, Is it true? If you’re afraid the night will be ruined if your boyfriend doesn’t remember to pick up eggplant (and you’ve already reminded him fourteen times), question that assumption.
Can you really know the night would be ruined without the eggplant? And if it would be ruined (by your definition, anyway), what’s so bad about that?
2. Find out whose business you’re in.
Your business is the realm of things that you can directly influence. Are you there? Or are you in someone else’s business? When we’re trying to control things outside of our own business, it’s not going to go well.
3. Consider this: Would letting go feel like freedom?
It almost always would. Let that feeling of freedom guide you toward loosening your grip.
A Friendly Universe
Einstein said, “The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe.”
I believe in a friendly universe.
Being receptive and allowing things to happen is a skill that can be practiced and improved upon. It helps to believe in a friendly universe—one that is supporting you at every turn so that you don’t have to worry yourself over the details.
We can always choose to do things the easy way or the hard way. We can muscle through, or we can let go of the oars and let the current carry us downstream.
There is a peaceful, yet focused energy that accompanies holding the intention of what I want, but not forcing myself to do it. That energy is magic. I’m still a work in progress, but I’m allowing it to become a habit instead of making it a habit.
About Amy Johnson
Dr. Amy Johnson is the author of several books, including The Little Book of Big Change: The No-Willpower Approach to Breaking Any Habit. She is also the creator of The Little School of Big Change, an online school that helps people find lasting freedom from habits and anxiety. Please go here to get a free sneak preview of the school.
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Understanding and Learning the Basics of HVAC – To understand air conditioning and heat pump applications you will need to study refrigeration. Both air conditioners and heat pumps use refrigeration to move heat. Air conditioners move heat outside in the summertime using the process of refrigeration. Furthermore, heat pumps move heat in both directions (to the inside in the winter and to the outside in the summer) using the principles of refrigeration.
Understanding and Learning the Basics of HVAC
Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Applications
The basics foundation of refrigeration is understanding temperature-pressure relationships, the compression cycle, and how different refrigerants absorb heat. You have to understand BTU’s are a way to measure heat. You have to understand the four major components in the refrigeration cycle. Moreover, the compressor, the evaporator, the condenser, and the metering device and understand how all these components work together to make the refrigeration system work.
Finally, a basic foundation in refrigeration will require you to learn basic physics of temperature, chemicals used for refrigerants, gas laws, and all the mechanical components that work together. The basic conponents that make the refrigeration process work. That includes all the basics of a good HVAC education.
Basics of HVAC – Tools and Materials
Additionally, learning about materials and tools used for performing heating and cooling work is necessary. From tubing cutters to hammers and screwdrivers to multi-meters and refrigeration compound gauges, you will find yourself working with all these various tools. Sheet metal, screws, tape, and piping are used heavily in performing many jobs. Additionally, it is important to understand the various types of materials and tools used for different applications.
Knowledge of basic math is good to make the proper measurements of materials and when working with basic electrical circuits. Study the materials used and use them for the proper application especially wiring. Using the proper wire and wire size for electrical wiring is essential and necessary for safety. Using the correct tubing and piping for HVAC piping jobs requires a good basic knowledge of piping and piping installation. Furthermore, understanding tools and materials used in HVAC is very important to advance. Finally, understanding how to safely use HVAC tools is a part of your job.
Understanding the Basics of HVAC – HVAC Controls
HVAC Controls (DDC) is a specialized field in commercial HVAC but in many residential applications it is important to understand basic electrical circuits and electrical components used in HVAC. This is especially true if you want to be an HVAC service technician that troubleshoots and services HVAC equipment. You have to have a good basic understanding of refrigeration, electrical circuits, and mechanical systems if you want to be a good HVAC service technician.
Installer HVAC technicians need to have a basic understanding of these systems also. However, an installer technician doesn’t need to understand all the essentials of troubleshooting HVAC systems. At least, not as well as the HVAC service technician. Many service technicians start as equipment installers and work hard to learn as much about all the basics they can before moving up to a service technician.
Learning the Basics of HVAC – HVAC Rules and Regulations
There are many rules and regulations one must follow to be a successful HVAC technician. These rules and regulations include: EPA 608 Licensing requirements for handling refrigerants, HVAC company rules and regulations (obviously), local, state, and national codes for HVAC and electrical. Some state, local, or national agencies will require an HVAC technician to possess an HVAC Journeyman’s or HVAC Masters license before they are allowed to work in the trade.
The company where you are employed should have all the information for obtaining an HVAC license. All these things are requirements for good HVAC technicians to learn and comply with as they work their way up the ladder to success.
Learning the Basics of HVAC – Conclusion
If you want to be in the HVAC field working as a technician, you will need to study hard and work your way up the ladder. It will not be easy, but with perseverance and hard work, you can be the best HVAC technician out there. Finally, good luck with your HVAC career and learning.
Understanding & Learning the Basics of HVAC
An auspicious state resulting from favorable outcomes is known as “good luck”.Or we can say that Good fortune or a happy outcome, especially by chance.
A chance is a possibility or probability of anything happening.
Good Luck Quotes
“Good luck needs no explanation.” Shirley Temple Black
“The champion makes his own luck.” Red Blaik
“To be successful you have to be lucky, or a little mad, or very talented, or find yourself in a rapid growth field.” Edward de Bono
“It is hard to detect good luck – it looks so much like something you have earned.” Frank A. Clark
When We Say good luck
- We used to say that one hopes someone will succeed.
For Example: Good luck for your exam.
2 It is used to say that one thinks what someone is trying to do is difficult or impossible.
For Example: Good luck for your surgery. I will pray for you.
Is Good Luck In Our Control
Luck is an occurrence beyond one’s control, without regard to one’s will, intention, or desired result; it is not fate, nor is it destiny. Lucky charms and good luck symbols, also called talisman, are objects perceived to bring good luck. People use them as a way of understanding personal chance events, reducing tension, creating a feeling of control, or boosting one’s belief in their ability to succeed.
In general, mediocre-but-lucky people were much more successful than more-talented-but-unlucky individuals. The most successful agents tended to be those who were only slightly above average in talent but with a lot of luck in their lives.
Generally, when people think about luck (good or bad), they think of improbable events that have some kind of significance or impact. So winning the lottery is a matter of luck, but losing the lottery is not – winning was very improbable and losing was very probable. Or luck is thought to be a matter of what’s outside of our control, in which case both winning and losing the lottery are due to luck, since neither outcome was within anyone’s control.
“All of us have bad luck and good luck. The man who persists through the bad luck, who keeps right on going, is the man who is there when the good luck comes, and is ready to receive it.” Robert Collier
Good Luck Symbols
Good luck symbols come in many shapes, sizes, and forms. There are signs of good luck in nature, including plants, animals, and insects. Many cultures believe that there are lucky objects, numbers, symbols, and gems.
Birds including cranes, eagles, and falcons, are powerful luck symbols.
Rainbows are mentioned in the Old Testament. God created a rainbow after the flood as a sign that the Earth would never be destroyed by flood again.
Eggs are powerful symbols of fertility, purity, and rebirth in traditional folk religion.
Ladybugs are considered harbingers of good luck and prosperity. A ladybug is said to have the power to free one of the day-to-day problems.
Dragonflies are another lucky insect. As a creature of the wind, the dragonfly represents change.
Tortoises are considered a good luck symbol in the Feng-Shui system of thought. They are also one of the four sacred animals, along with the dragon, unicorn, and phoenix.
The four-leaf clover is popular in Western cultures as symbols of luck, probably due to its association with St. Patrick’s Day.
Lucky bamboo, or “friendship bamboo,” actually a Dracaena species, in the asparagus family is a luck-bringing gift.
Red lanterns are a symbol of luck in Chinese culture.
Horseshoes symbolize good luck, power over evil, good fortune, and fertility. Horseshoes are associated with a horse’s strength and dependability.
Circles are one of mankind’s oldest symbols of good fortune. They stand for eternity and are signs of completeness, perfection, and wholeness.
The heart is seen as a representation of love and wisdom.
The horn signifies strength, power, and abundance.
A key is among the most important symbols of luck. It is also one of the oldest of charms.
Ladders have been considered lucky symbols for centuries.
Buddha charms or statue are thought to be lucky, especially if you rub the Buddha’s belly.
The North Star, or Nautical Star, is seen as providing guidance, and it is a good luck symbol for sailors.
The Number Seven is considered lucky by many different cultures and religions.
Sapphires have symbolized good luck since ancient times. The Greeks believed that wearing a sapphire invited the favor of the gods.
Command Prompt is available in most Windows operating systems
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Command Prompt is a command line interpreter application available in most Windows operating systems. It’s used to execute entered commands. Most of those commands automate tasks via scripts and batch files, perform advanced administrative functions, and troubleshoot or solve certain kinds of Windows issues.
Command Prompt is officially called Windows Command Processor, but it’s also sometimes referred to as the command shell or cmd prompt, or even by its filename, cmd.exe.
Command Prompt is sometimes incorrectly referred to as “the DOS prompt” or as MS-DOS itself. Command Prompt is a Windows program that emulates many of the command line abilities available in MS-DOS, but it’s not MS-DOS.
Cmd is also an abbreviation for many other technology terms like centralized message distribution, color monitor display, and common management database, but none of them have anything to do with Command Prompt.
How to Access Command Prompt
There are several ways to open Command Prompt, but the “normal” method is via the Command Prompt shortcut located in the Start menu or on the Apps screen, depending on your version of Windows.
The shortcut is faster for most people, but another way to access Command Prompt is via the cmd Run command. You can also open cmd.exe from its original location:
Yet another method for opening Command Prompt in some versions of Windows is through the Power User Menu. However, you might see PowerShell there instead of Command Prompt depending on how your computer is set up.
Many commands can only be executed if you’re running the Command Prompt as an administrator.
How to Use Command Prompt
To use Command Prompt, you enter a valid Command Prompt command along with any optional parameters. Command Prompt then executes the command as entered and performs the task or function it’s designed to perform in Windows.
For example, executing the following Command Prompt command in your Downloads folder would remove all MP3s from that folder:
Commands must be entered into Command Prompt exactly. The wrong syntax or a misspelling could cause the command to fail or worse; it could execute the wrong command or the right command in the wrong way. A comfort level with reading command syntax is recommended.
For example, executing the dir command will show a list of files and folders that exist at any specific location on the computer, but it doesn’t actually do anything. However, change just a couple letters and it turns into the del command, which is how you delete files from Command Prompt!
Syntax is so important that with some commands, especially the delete command, adding even a single space can mean deleting entirely different data.
Here’s an example where the space in the command breaks the line into two sections, essentially creating two commands where the files in the root folder (files) are deleted instead of the files in the subfolder (music):
The proper way to execute that command so as to remove files from the music folder instead is to remove the space so that the whole command is strung together correctly.
Don’t let this scare you away from using Command Prompt commands, but definitely let it make you cautious.
Command Prompt Commands
A large number of commands exist in Command Prompt, but their availability differs from operating system to operating system. You can view which Command Prompt commands are compatible with a specific operating system here:
- Windows 8 Commands
- Windows 7 Commands
- Windows XP Commands
Following those command lists will prove that there are lots and lots of commands you can use in Command Prompt, but not all of them are used as often as others.
Here are some of the more commonly used Command Prompt commands that are utilized in a variety of circumstances: chkdsk, copy, ftp, del, format, ping, attrib, net, dir, help, and shutdown.
Command Prompt Availability
Command Prompt is available on every Windows NT-based operating system which includes Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows 2000, as well as Windows Server 2012, 2008, and 2003.
Windows PowerShell, an advanced command line interpreter available in recent Windows versions, supplements the command executing abilities available in Command Prompt. Windows PowerShell may eventually replace the Command Prompt in a future version of Windows.
Windows Terminal is another Microsoft-approved way of using Command Prompt and PowerShell within the same tool.
“I’m a great believer in luck. I’ve found that the harder I work, the more I have of it.” Thomas Jefferson.
None of us are lucky all of the time, but there’s not doubt that some people tend to be luckier than others. You might say, it’s not fair. Or you might take a look at how they look at life and ask yourself whether it’s the way they see the world that is helping them get luckier in it. The truth is that lucky people aren’t lucky by sheer accident. They’re lucky because of the mindset they bring to life. A mindset that accepts bad luck as inevitable but good luck as something we create by sheer hard work, bravery and optimism.
As Martin Seligman, the founder of positive psychology once wrote, “Optimists endure the same storms in life as pessimists. But they weather them better and emerge from them better off.” And so it is with luck. You may not be able to control the economy, the weather, the stock market or the universe, but research shows that you can create your own good fortune. It’s a long game but with a strong pay off. Lucky people weather the storms of life by seeing hidden opportunities, trusting themselves and taking bold action. When troubles arise, they are buoyed by help from supportive friends. You can change your luck this spring with the same strategies. Here’s how.
1. They Trust Their Intuition
Too often we lean too heavily on left brain logic alone. So if you’ve made a few unlucky decisions think about where you could be tuning in more to your intuition and asking yourself “Does this feel right?” Of course it’s not about throwing out the logic-baby with the bathwater, but it’s about tuning into that ‘sixth’ sense rather than ignoring it. As research shows, when it comes to the really big decisions in life, over analyzing things can actually lower your odds of making the best decision. Studies have found that your brain discerns subtle, complex patterns that go beyond conscious understanding.
Those indecipherable insights can help you make better decisions. As I wrote in my latest book Brave, it takes guts to trust your gut and the more often you do, the better it can guide you. Don’t ignore a hunch or silence your internal alarms just because you can’t explain them. Lucky people act on these instincts.
2. They Take Risks
The lucky breaks people have nearly always stem from brave action; from taking a risk . They aren’t luck at all. They’re the result of courageous action; rising above our innate aversion to risk that’s wired into our DNA. That is, we’re programmed to focus more on what we have to lose than on what we have to gain. Acting in concert with this is our inability to accurately predict the cost of inaction. It explains why so many people stick with situations that leave them miserable rather than leaving the security of the known for the unfamiliarity of a better unknown.
Of course there are many valid risks in life and we need to be mindful of them but dwelling on risks can keep us from seeing opportunity. As I wrote in my first book Find Your Courage, “Push yourself outside your comfort zone and lay your vulnerability on the line for something more important than your pride and short term safety.” Nothing worthwhile is ever created without a risk. The key – don’t wait to feel brave before you start acting as though you were!
3. They Expect Good Things To Happen
People who expect good things to happen to them attract more good things. Call it woo woo positive thinking fluff, but there is a lot of science behind the ‘law of attraction.’ The truth is that what you put out you get back. not instantly, not every time, but over time when you expect good things to happen you’ll find they generally do.
I recall the time that I was held up in an armed robbery when I was 19 weeks pregnant with my first child – then ten days later finding out that my unborn baby had died. My world turned on its axis for a while because I just thought bad unlucky things like that didn’t happen to me. Yet, alas, they clearly did. However, I vividly recall in the months that followed making a very conscious decision not to buy into a sense of victimhood. Sure, I’d had two pretty unlucky things happen back to back, but I was determined they would neither define me nor define my future.
That decision ultimately served me very well teaching me that life truly is a self-fulfilling prophecy. What you expect to happen often does – for better or worse. Your beliefs about the future have a way of making it happen.
4. They See The Glass Half Full
A setback for one person can be a wonderful opportunity for another. It’s not about what happens, but how you interpret it and the opportunity you find in it. As Napoleon Hill once wrote, “In every adversity is the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” When you choose to look for opportunity in your adversities, you are guaranteed to find them If you can’t, look harder.
You’ll never find good fortune in things if you are only looking at what’s wrong and what you don’t have. As I wrote in Stop Playing Safe, “By being optimistic we can find opportunity in adversity and take actions that our pessimistic friends wouldn’t bother to take. In turn we create new opportunities for ourselves.”
5. They Embrace Failure As Inevitable
No one – I repeat no one – is lucky all the time. We all have setbacks. We all have disappointments. We all have our plans rained on from time to time. SUCH. IS. LIFE. But the people we often think of as lucky don’t let bad luck stop them from trying to create more good luck. “Lucky people’s high expectations motivate them to persist,” even when they don’t succeed, says psychologist Richard Wiseman, Ph.D., author of The Luck Factor.
6. They Hang Out With Other Lucky People
Let’s face it, the people we hang out with impact our outlook on life. So if you’re hanging out with a lot of whining, complaining people who are down on their luck, then chances are you’ll soon be down on yours. Emotions are contagious. Optimism. Pessimism. Fear. Confidence. Ambition. Resignation. Be intentional about spending more time with people who have a positive outlook on life and less time with people who don’t. It may well be the singular most critical factors to your future luck.
Hand in hand with hanging out with like-minded lucky thinking people, it’s also vital to heed Gandhi’s words and be the change you want to see in others. Look on the lighter brighter side of things. Be cheerful. Share an encouraging word. Offer a helping hand to make someone else feel lucky. Turn those lemons into lemonade. Stand tall, put a smile on your face and step into the rest of your day with a look on your face that tells people you expect to have a good one. regardless of what’s happening around you!
Good luck! Not that you need it. just go make it.
Most people will tell you luck is about being at the right place with the right people at the right time–but there’s a lot more than that to luck.
The dictionary describes luck as events that influence your life but are not of your making.
If we believe we are in perfect control our lives, we are kidding ourselves. Even the most careful planning runs into the unexpected. That’s inevitable.
How we allow that unplanned change to play out is a huge component in how lucky we are.
Follow these 13 principles and see how your luck changes.
1. Position yourself. The first step toward improving your luck is to acknowledge that luck exists. Lucky people position themselves for luck by organizing their lives and work so they can embrace opportunities and weather storms.
2. Plan, but be ready to bail. Lucky people know their plans may not always work out, and they’re careful not to let themselves to grow too confident or relaxed. They anticipate rapid change and they don’t bet on everything they have on large irrevocable commitments. They’re ready to bail if they have to; they know luck has a way of evaporating when you lean on it.
3. Remember, luck comes and goes. It’s not that lucky people feel unassailably secure–more that they refuse to relax. They keep their options open and explore new possibilities.
4. Don’t take the blame. Lucky people don’t feel responsible for their luck–when they have a streak of bad luck they don’t blame themselves. Instead, they look for ways to turn it around.
5. Go where luck resides. Lucky people surround themselves with people who have things happening for them. Cultivate the kind of personality that gets you noticed, and then make contacts and get involved.
6. Stick your neck out. The lucky ones know that you have to invite luck to happen–in other words, stick your neck out. Take some risks and be willing to accept what may come–good or bad–and deal with both as it unfolds.
7. Never say anything’s 100 percent sure. Lucky people know that some of their decisions will be wrong, so even though they take risks they don’t set themselves up to fail by expecting success to hit every time.
8. Don’t push it. People who are lucky always assume that their luck will run out. They sell short and don’t ride the peak, because they know not to push their luck. It’s not about being a pessimist but a realist, with a rational approach to a world that is uncontrollable and unpredictable.
9. Don’t look for a straight path. Lucky people not only permit themselves to be distracted, they invite distractions. Their path is never a straight line. You never know where life will take you, and lucky breaks may come from something that you could not have imagined.
10. Lose with optimism. Lucky people are agile and flexible and ready to take detours when they need to. They expect the best but know how to handle the worst.
11. Listen up. Lucky people know that you learn more by listening than by speaking. When you listen you can observe more, see more, and know more. They also know it’s a lot harder to get yourself in trouble when you keep your mouth shut.
12. Partner up. Lucky people tend to have great partners. Of course, plenty of people do well on their own, but a solid partnership lets you build on two sets of strengths and gives you a sounding board for new ideas.
13. Stay busy. Lucky people always seem to have more than one venture going on at the same time, so if one thing doesn’t work out there are plenty of other options.
A consistently lucky person is someone who sees life for what it is–and what it is not–and does all they can to be flexible, agile, observant, optimistic, and understanding.
They know that sometimes not getting what you want is a brilliant stroke of luck, and sometimes getting what you want happened because you went out and got it.