Who’s afraid of Friday the 13th?

Friday The 13th is unlucky for some… but can you make your own luck?

Happy Friday the 13th!

Are you one of the many thousands of superstitious people who believe that this is the most unlucky day of the year and wish you could stay in bed all day to avoid anything bad happening to you?

If you are then you are suffering from paraskavedekatriaphobia (no, I have no idea how to pronounce it either!) — the medical term for a fear of Friday 13th.

Perhaps for you though, Friday 13th is just another unlucky day, in an unlucky month, in an unlucky year, in an unlucky life.

Well, I have some good news for you…

You can turn your fortunes around and start creating some better luck for yourself. Here’s how:

Stop believing in superstitions and blaming other forces for your bad luck.

Bad luck isn’t something that can be attributed to a specific date. Nor is luck (good or bad) something that is thrust upon you by supernatural forces outside of your control.

The first step to having good luck is to accept that you control your own destiny and that only you are in control over whether you have good or bad luck, no one or nothing else.

Once you’ve accepted this, you can move on the following steps.

Be more positive and optimistic

Negativity breeds negativity. If all you see is the bad in the world then that’s all you’ll ever get. If you approach everything with the belief that “I’m unlucky, I’ll fail” or “this is bound to be rubbish”, then I’m afraid the battle is already lost.

But if you think positively and open yourself up to the possibility that success can happen, then you are then you are more likely to spot opportunities when they arise.

And by believing in yourself and in your abilities you are already halfway to success.

A big part of being positive is to embrace failure. If something does go wrong in your life — a relationship ends or a project fails — don’t just shrug it off as “bad luck”, as if the failure was something that you had no control over.

Instead, analyse where things went wrong — where you went wrong — and work on ways to improve yourself so that you won’t have “bad luck” and fail next time around.

By continuously working on improving yourself, learning new skills and becoming a better person — you increase your chances of success next time around.

Say YES more

Researchers have found “lucky” people tend to be more outgoing and sociable. They put themselves out there and are more open to meeting new people and trying new experiences.

Unlucky people on the other hand tend to shy away from anything that takes them out of their comfort zone.

As psychologist Richard Wiseman, who studied the subject of ‘luck’ for over a decade found:

“Unlucky people tend to be creatures of routine. They tend to take the same route to and from work and talk to the same types of people at parties. In contrast, many lucky people try to introduce variety into their lives.”

Opportunities don’t just present themselves on your doorstep — you have to go out there and actively find them.

So, make it your resolution this year to join a group or a class, or to just to say yes to as many invitations you get as you can.

Do anything you can to change up your normal routine and expand your horizons — to explore new places and meet new people.

The more different situations you put yourself in, the higher the probability that you’ll find good opportunities.

By putting yourself out there in to the world and approaching everything with a positive attitude, you may find you start “getting lucky” very soon — even on the next Friday the 13th.

Best wishes,

Michelle Roberts
 Editor
 Creating Wealth

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