Manifesting Luck and The Power of Mindset

Famed film producer, Samuel Goldwyn once said, “The harder I work, the luckier I get.”

We’ve all heard that hard work pays off, but how many times have you heard that being lucky pays off?

Is luck an actual ‘thing’ in the universe? And if so, how can we acquire more of it?

A friend of mine is the quintessential happy-go-lucky type – things just happen to fall into his lap. He has a beautiful wife, a couple of well-behaved kids, a gorgeous home, money, education, friends, vacations, happiness…

I asked this friend how he came to be so lucky in life. He told me that he wasn’t as lucky as I perceived him to be. 

He then told me about all the problems that have come up in his life, and there were a lot. From medical issues to losing both parents at a young age, to getting robbed… The key, he said, was to focus on the positive and never dwell on the negative. 

He said, “Everything I have is a direct result of my frame of mind.”

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What he was saying wasn’t that profound. It wasn’t even an original concept – it’s the basic tenet of the widely successful book, The Secret. Essentially, he was manifesting good fortune in his life.

This intrigued me. The next time I really stopped and thought about manifesting was on episode 50 of the podcast Short Story Long. The guest was California realtor Keven Sturdivant.

I won’t got into his full story, but you can check it out yourself. Essentially, he was able to seemingly will things into existence by having the right mindset. From that episode, Keven’s internet stardom rose. In fact, I highly recommend you check out his podcast called Project Mindset, which is full of inspiration and wisdom.

One piece of wisdom I took from Keven was about goal setting. He says:

  • A dream written down with a date becomes a goal
  • A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan
  • A plan backed by action becomes a reality

I don’t know if there is some mysterious force in the universe that causes luck or fortune. If there is, it is not clear how it chooses to interact with us Earthlings. 

  • Does it reward positive-minded people?
  • Does it act randomly?
  • Does it work like karma – rewarding good-doers (from this life or past lives)?

I think the best kind of luck is self-made luck – the kind of luck you get by aligning yourself so that you have multiple options. 

What does that mean? 

Lucky people tend to be smart and ambitious. They align themselves in particular situations which they believe will be produce more favourable opportunities for them. This is even true of the lottery winner. Ask the lottery winner how many times they failed before they won.

The key to being lucky, it seems, is:

  1. Create as many opportunities as possible
  2. Have an awareness, or acuteness, for recognizing opportunities, and responding swiftly and intelligently when such opportunities arise. 
  3. Have a positive mindset. The ability to recognize opportunities is vastly increased by having a positive attitude and optimistic outlook. This will also make you more likeable, easier to be around, easier to get along with… and people generally want to do go things to those who are positive.

The opposite is true for unlucky people.

3 reasons why you are unlucky

There are five main reasons why you are unlucky.

  1. You limit the amount of potential opportunities by not working hard or exposing yourself to many situations
  2. You do not recognize, or take advantage of, opportunities if and when they arise
  3. You have a pessimistic outlook on life and focus on the negative

Sometimes fortunate situations are in the guise of misfortune, it all depends on how you choose to look at it. The unlucky person could just be so pessimistic about life that it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Even in the face of misfortune, there is still a possibility to create luck. As the saying goes, there is power in positive thinking.