This week we’re going to help you create your own luck by building the right mindset and your own good luck strategy. Last week we explored how thinking optimistically can help us frame, respond to and act on events but before we go any further, let’s remind ourselves of our three part strategy;
- Think optimistically
- Spot opportunities
- Take responsibility
Let’s look a bit deeper at how we can spot opportunities and how you can turn these to your advantage.
What and where are my opportunities?
The definition of an opportunity is the ability to anticipate the positive potential in events and taking advantage of it. Sounds easy and it is. It just requires that optimistic frameset and mindful, practiced approach. You can use this technique on both current and future events so let’s explore how!
- Define a specific situation
- Brainstorm initial opportunities
- Generate alternative opportunities on the same theme as your initial opportunities. These may be an extension of the initial idea, a change or a consequence of it.
Do try this at home
For example – you’ve been asked to work on a new project to increase sales;
|Initial Opportunities||Alternative Opportunities|
|Create new sales pitch|| |
Write weekly blog on sales for the company magazine
Become the “face” of sales
Discover a completely new sales avenue
Create a Sales App
|Meet a bunch of new people|| |
Meet some new friends
Meet a BFF
Meet a potential partner
Understand new cultures
Get some great coaching
|Become Sales Vice President|| |
Eventually buy that new car
Move to my dream house
Start my own company!
Once you’ve created your list of opportunities – and written them down, you can identify where the real opportunities lie and create a strategy to bring them to life. We’ve talked about goal setting before, but this is where you turn an opportunity into a goal, into a strategy and into a result. It might look like good luck to an outsider, but we know differently!
Next step – taking responsibility.
Before we move onto the 3rd step, taking responsibility, lets stop and continue to rewire our brain and practice. As the great Arnold Palmer said, “The more I practice, the luckier I get!”.
Here’s this weeks tried and tested exercise to help you on your mindful journey.
What’s your weather forecast today? The following practice was developed by Trish Bartley, and helps gauge the moods in our body like a barometer gauges the weather.
You will learn how to recognize your own weather through the various feelings arising in your body. You gain in insight into what is going on in a particular moment – happy, sad, anxious, excited. You can then use your body as our own emotional barometer and begin to recognise early signs of particular moods as they come about.
- Identify the part of your body where you are finding stress. This can often be in the torso, neck, arms but try to be as specific as you can.
- Practice tuning into this part of your body when you feel worried, sad, stressed or another difficult emotion. Invest a bit of time to notice these states of mind and how they affect you physically
- Repeat the same process for positive emotions and notice how these states of mind affect you physically
We can often find it difficult and are unaware that a particular emotion is influencing our behaviour, words, actions. Learning to recognize this ‘rain, sunshine, cold’ (internal weather) and the patterns of both positive and negative mind states helps us notice what is driving our thoughts and that they change constantly.