Luck Is a Series of Secrets
You probably know that more than 50% of winners of lotteries are dead broke
within two-years of winning millions of dollars.
Sure, they're may have no background in finances, get into moronic deals,
give loans to all their extended family, and finally, go to Vegas to blow their entire treasury on hunches.
The Vegas casino strategy makes perfect sense because they have learned to trust their own intuition by winning the original lottery, right?
The question is not whether you would save the money by investing wisely, but how to win the millions in the first place. What does neuroscience (brain research), know about being lucky?
Do you laugh at hunches when you get them, and play-it-safe - like an intelligent person?
Intuition is a right-brained quality, and based on feelings and mental imagery.
Remember this phrase - emotion follows the mental-movies of your right-brain.
Wait! You can train yourself to use your conscious mind to place specific images
on your mental-screen. If you consistently, with enthusiasm, mentally flash your
goals and desires for ten-seconds, three-times daily, it transfers itself into a working-goal. Think of it as a mental - Things-to-do list.
You don't believe it? That disqualifies you immediately because you will not do the work required to become lucky.
There is no quick-fix, and you rarely get something-for-nothing because it goes against our nature. Half the battle in life is - get this! - recognizing the road-signs that lead to our goals in the first-place.
Clarity of Purpose
Stay focused - is step number one, if you want to become consistently and financially lucky.
That means you must have one, not two or three objectives you are
working on - at a time. More than one goal at-a-time is distracting, and burns out your right-brain's intuition skill. You cannot mentally visual - riches and wealth - you have to pick out a single, specific, mental visualization. See a mansion in Palm Beach even though you'd settle for a shack in Brooklyn. It will all sort out, but think big.
Number two: you must activate these three parts of your brain to get lucky.
a) your right amygdala
b) your right hippocampus
c) your right anterior cingulate cortex
The amygdala is the source of your most powerful feelings. The hippocampus
lays down long-term memories. Your cingulate coordinates sensory input with emotions, and regulates your emotional responses.
You do not have to know where these three parts of the brain are located or even how to spell them. You do have to be able to imagine (creative imagery), your goal so deeply and positively - that you feel exactly as if you already own it.
There is a secret is that last sentence - you must be able to activate your emotions
three-times daily for ten-seconds each to create feelings of delight, joy and happiness. You already have files (examples), in your amygdala of previous successes to model your new feelings of ownership.
What are they?
Hitting a homerun as an adult, or scoring the winning touchdown as a kid;
graduating, and the feeling of elation of that experience. How about your feelings of love for your significant-other?
How did you feel when you knew your significant-other loved you? These are examples of life-transforming emotions we never forget and can copy mentally.
Next Rule of Lucky
You must be able to stay activated (in-the-zone), during your behavioral act of
playing the game. When you choose the lottery numbers, you must be in-the-flow.
While making the decision about your investment - the stock or mutual fund, or to go into this particular business venture or not, you must be having a peak-experience. Where there is no intuition, there is no luck. See the goal on the movie-screen of your mind before you choose red or black, hold or take another card.
If it is a race you want to win, or an enterprise to make successful, you must maintain an expectation of coming success, while working your ass off.
It's not just hard work, it is maintaining the intuitional frame-of-mind.
Key point: flash your goals through mental imagery three-times daily.
The Luck Factor
Professor Richard Wiseman, at the University of Hertfordshire, UK, spent ten years researching luck. His book is The Luck Factor: The Scientific Study of the Lucky Mind.
He concludes that lucky people are paying more attention to what is happening around them. There are traits, Wiseman discovered, that winners display: smiling twice as much as ordinary folk is one of them.
The lucky make and maintain eye-contact, with people they meet and deal with. The rest of us look upward or downward, but not consistently into the orbs of others.
Lucky people - accord to Wiseman's research - are expectant of success, optimists,
and are actively reading, learning and thinking about their goals.
One: the lucky maximize their opportunities by being gregarious and socializing, and acting on their intuition, not rationalizing why not to move forward into the
Two: Luck follows gut feelings. They meditate to clear their minds of trivia and
feelings of chronic stress. When we are relaxed - intuition slips in.
Three: Positive Expectation. They fail a lot, and pick themselves up and try again.
Nice words, but lucky folks do it without losing their mental focus.
Four: They know how to fix what is broken. They continue to improve their choice,
give it the help required, instead of walking away at the first defeat. They reframe
the situation to discover the value even in a disastrous situation.
Ninety-five percent of people who want to be lucky will never make it because of
one single mistake.
They fear being rejected. Normal people really believe that if one person you ask
for something - a sale, a date, or permission - says No! - the game is truly over.
Do you slink away with your tail between your legs after a single or even ten rejections?
The secret is continuous asking for what we need to become successful.
Ask strangers, ask family and friends, ask enemies. Wait! Ask a celebrity,
the Mayor or Oprah.
You snooze, you lose - in not asking more folks for help.
copyright © 2006
H. Bernard Wechsler