Bad luck is a temporary condition that can be transformed into good, or at least better, fortune. Life’s ups and downs flow in cycles. You are bound to experience highs and lows. The objective is to maximize the high points and minimize the down cycles.
Bad luck is not a permanent condition. Bad luck can be your springboard to previously hidden opportunities. Bad luck is a chance to evaluate your own actions and attitude in order to make improvements where needed.
People who are considered lucky have developed their ability to transform bad luck into good fortune. Anyone can learn to develop this ability. Even if you have had a run of bad luck, you can turn things around.
To start, keep things in perspective. Does the unlucky event really matter that much in the scheme of things? Compare yourself to others who have situations that are far worse than yours. As you do this, you will realize that most of the unlucky circumstances you encounter aren’t as big a deal as they initially seem.
People who consistently turn bad luck into good are confident that all things eventually work out for the best. They don’t dwell on negative events. They don’t wallow in self-pity. They don’t feel or act like a victim. Work on cultivating a belief that things will get better and problems will be solved.
Don’t fixate on any ill fortune. When you dwell on problems, you get into a mental rut where solutions and positive strategies become elusive. Take your mind off things by engaging in some distracting activities that are beneficial. Get some exercise, spend time with friends, see a funny movie, take a few days off, or go on a short vacation. As you step back, it will be easier to put things in perspective while increasing your objectivity.
Don’t assume there is nothing you can do about your situation. Make a commitment to take control of what happens to you. People who are lucky are also proactive. Developing a plan and taking action is essential to turning your luck around.
Create a written list of all possible options. Don’t evaluate your ideas, just brainstorm. The more potential solutions you come up with, the greater your chances of discovering an effective strategy. Take your list and prioritize the ideas. Potential solutions aren’t either good or bad. You can combine elements from a number of possible options to formulate an effective plan.
With your plan in hand, take action to move forward. Having a plan that is not implemented is useless. As you make progress keep an open mind and stay flexible. As your situation changes, altering your strategy may be warranted. Be ready and willing to make necessary adjustments.
Avoiding bad luck is even more effective than turning bad luck into good luck. Towards this end, understand the causes of unfortunate circumstances. Next, identify which causes are a result of your attitude or behavior. Now you are prepared to modify your thoughts and actions to avoid repeating or attracting similar circumstances.
The maxim, “every cloud has a silver lining” applies to those people who learn how to transform bad luck into good fortune. The silver lining always exists. Whether or not you find it is up to you.
The next time you experience bad luck, consider it an opportunity to practice transforming it into good fortune. Your will be amazed how your outlook and results will improve. You will be thankful how your luck has changed.
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