Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Lucky people: a matter of perspective?

Chapter 7 of Sir Ken Robinson's The Element is about attitude and perspective.

The element is also a matter of attitude.  Good and bad things happen to all of us, it's not what happens to us that makes the difference in our lives it's our attitude towards what happens.  We create and shape the realities of our own lives - getting lucky is a combination of attitudes and behaviour that leads you to opportunities and gives you the confidence to take them.

Perspective:  the ability to look at situations in different ways.  There's a difference between what we are able to perceive and what we actually do perceive.

Lucky people have 4 charactaristics:
  • they maximize chance opportunities - they create, notice and act upon opportunities when they arise
  • they are very effective at listening to their intuition and do work that is designed to boost their intuitive abilities.
  • they expect to be lucky, creating self-fulfilling prophecies because they expect a positive outcome
  • they have an attitude that allows them to turn bad luck into good.  They don't allow ill fortune to overwhelm them, they move quickly to take control of the situation when it isn't going well for them.
Lucky people have the ability to reframe - to look at a situation that fails to go according to plan and turn it into something beneficial.

Reflection:  are our attitudes and behaviours leading us to new opportunities or letting us miss out on them?

Photo Credit:  Good luck and happiness by Pierangelo Rosati AttributionNoncommercialShare Alike 

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