A psychologist conducted an experiment in which he placed the same chance opportunities—money on the ground and a potential encounter with a connected businessman—in the paths of two different people, one who claimed she was an unlucky person, the other who said things always seemed to work out well for him. The “lucky” guy immediately noticed the money on the ground and pocketed it, then struck up a conversation with the businessman in the coffee shop where he’d been planted. The “unlucky” woman, meanwhile, stepped right over the cash, and sipped her coffee without saying a word to the same businessman.
An open person heads to the dog park thinking he might encounter a potential new friend, business partner, or romantic interest. A closed person sees only dog owners.
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You can increase your opportunities for good luck by maintaining a large network of friends and acquaintances.
Do something different. Trying to get a date? Read your neighbor’s newspaper, switch seats on the train, or watch a new television program. Breaking behavioral habits can lever changes in mental habits that have kept you from success so far.
Try to keep your mood positive in order to catch more of the possibilities that whiz by every day.
Anxiety in particular gives us tunnel vision.
The best opportunities arise when you approach life with a flexible mind-set.
Adapted from Make Your Own Luck | Psychology Today.
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