Steps Towards a Lucky Attitude

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How to Be Lucky - Change Your Attitude, Change Your Luck!

Dr. Richard Wiseman is a psychiatrist who has researched luck and its causes. In The Luck Factor: The Four Essential Principles, Dr. Wiseman reveals that people aren't born lucky or unlucky. In fact, good luck is the result of a good attitude.

I thought the book was very interesting, and I've used its principles to come up with 10 steps to a luckier life. Try these steps to see if they help you win more sweepstakes, be more successful in your life, and become happier.

Expect to Be a Winner

The first step to a winning attitude is to expect to win. When it comes to sweepstakes entries, expecting to win can give you the motivation to continue to enter until the prizes start coming in. If you expect to lose, you'll never have the motivation to keep entering, day after day.

Expecting to win can help in other aspects of your life as well. For example, if you have a job interview, imagine that you've already gotten the job. You'll find yourself less nervous, more confident, and performing better in the interview, making it more likely that you'll actually get a job offer.

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Making Time for Yourself Makes You Luckier

Lucky people tend to listen to their intuition, which helps them to avoid bad situations and maximize good opportunities. If you have a feeling that you'll win a writing contest, for example, don't let your brain talk you out of entering. It's all too easy to say, "Oh, I'm not good enough to win" despite your intuition telling you that there's a great entry just waiting to be written!

Intuition helps lucky people outside of sweepstakes as well. How many of us have gotten involved in a bad relationship, even though there were warning bells going off in our heads?

How to Improve Your Intuition

You can develop your intuition by taking some quiet time for yourself, when you can think and reflect. Meditation, long bubble baths, walks in the woods, fishing, and prayer are just a few of the pastimes that can give you time for quiet contemplation.

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Look for the Silver Lining

Unlucky people have the same amount of bad luck that lucky people do. The difference is that lucky people tend to find ways to turn bad luck to their favor.

For example, maybe losing one sweepstakes means that you have more time and motivation to enter more often, helping you to win more than if you had settled for the original prize.

Or take an example of someone who trips on the sidewalk and twists her ankle. An unlucky person would probably take that as an example of yet another piece of bad luck. A lucky person would probably say that it shows how lucky she is that she didn't break her ankle or worse.

By looking at the positive aspects of even bad luck, you can continue to have a lucky attitude.

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Let Bad Luck Slide Off You

Another difference in the ways that lucky and unlucky people handle bad luck is that lucky people think that bad luck is only temporary, whereas unlucky people think that they are doomed to more bad luck.

For example, unlucky people tell themselves that they didn't win a sweep because they never win. Lucky people are more likely to say that they lost this one, but they'll win the next. Which type of person do you think is more likely to keep entering, and therefore win more?

The same holds true outside of sweepstakes entry. Unlucky people don't take risks because they assume they'll never work out. Lucky people brush themselves off when something doesn't go their way and look for new opportunities.

In order to keep a lucky attitude, remind yourself that good luck always follows bad.

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Try New Things

There's a saying that the definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. If you want to improve your luck, you should try new experiences and see how you like them.

When it comes to sweepstakes entries, you can improve your luck by widening your range and entering as many different types of sweepstakes as possible. Challenge yourself to enter a new type of sweep today: perhaps a writing contests, an instant win game, or a sweepstakes giving away a different type of prize.

In your everyday life, try going to new places, experimenting with different foods, talking to people at work although you've never had a conversation with them before, and so on. Everything new that you try is a new opportunity to become luckier.

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Be Alert for New Opportunities

Some people get so focused on the task at hand that they totally fail to see the lucky opportunities around them. Dr. Wiseman cites an experiment where he asked people to flip through a newspaper and count the number of pictures in the paper. The people were so intent on counting the pictures that they failed to notice a full-page ad saying that if they mentioned it to the researcher, they'd get cash on the spot.

Try to remain relaxed enough to notice the opportunities around you. For example, even if you really want to win a trip, there might be a great cash sweepstake that you could enter that would help you reach your goal of a free vacation in a different way. Or perhaps you're so focused on online sweepstakes that you don't notice the local sweep at your grocery store with great odds of winning.

In order to have a lucky attitude, keep your eyes open for chances all around you.

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Take Steps to Improve Your Life

Unlucky people tend to blame their unhappiness on bad luck. Lucky people take active steps to improve their situation. No matter how unlucky you feel, there are always things that you can do to improve your situation.

For example, if you're not happy with the prizes you're winning, change what you're doing. Enter a different type of sweepstakes, or enter at a different time of day, or try mail-in sweepstakes, or enter more often. Don't just tell yourself that you're too unlucky to win.

Similarly, if you're going through a streak of bad luck in your everyday life, take a close look to see if there's anything that you can do to break out of your situation. Be luckier by refusing to accept bad luck as a given.

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Reject Superstitions

It may seem funny to slam superstitions in an article about improving luck, but the fact is that many people rely on superstitions instead of taking steps to improve their lives.

An example that Dr. Wiseman gives is a woman who gets into a number of car accidents, and blames it on an unlucky car instead of her own driving. When it comes to sweepstakes entries, superstitions can be an excuse for not doing the work it takes to improve your odds and win a large number of sweepstakes.

Lucky people don't rely on superstition, but rather on working smarter.

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Let Go of Your Anxieties

Unlucky people often have trouble letting go of the things that worry them. They spend so much time worrying that they lose sleep and spend a lot of time anxious and nervous.

That level of anxiety saps energy and makes it difficult to be effective. For example, if you're not sleeping well, you'll have difficulty finding the time and energy to enter sweepstakes daily. You might also be snappish and curt in your dealings with other people.

To keep a lucky attitude, work on letting go of your problems until you can solve them.

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Live in the Present

Unlucky people often dwell on mistakes of the past, thinking about the bad luck that put them in their present unlucky situation. Lucky people, on the other hand, look to the future. They don't waste time or energy beating themselves up about things that they can't change.

When it comes to sweepstakes entry, this means focusing on the prizes that you'll win in the future, and not about your track record in the past. It doesn't matter how many sweepstakes you've managed to not win, it only matters how many prizes you'll receive in the future. Keep your eyes on your future prizes to feel -- and be! -- luckier.

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