These are what you usually hear from most people before you attempt to do something big and when you become successful at doing something great.
Now, you may be wondering… “Are luck and good fortune real?” “If so, how do I make sure I’m on the positive side of these?”, then this article may be for you.
Read on to discover how you can take your luck and good fortune to the next level.
If you want to increase your luck or good fortune, you must always try to be in a positive state, energy, or frequency. From the ancient civilizations of the Far East to the modern study of how “luck” affects our brains, here are some of the best charms and practices that you can obtain and do so you can have that “lucky” edge.
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All over the world, many cultures and civilizations developed their own beliefs on how to get luckier. They come in many shapes, sizes, and forms. From things that bring luck and money, to interesting rituals and symbols that drive away bad spirits and energy, here are some of the symbols and practices you can use from all over the world.
Feng Shui and Lucky Charms, Ancient China
Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese practice of becoming mindful of how the environment is built and how to live in harmony with the principles of nature.
In Chinese, Feng means “wind” and Shui means “water”. It is said that by harmonizing with nature, we can produce the energy that is needed to attract good things to our lives.
The most common application of Feng Shui nowadays is applying the principles to your home. Here’s a great blog post on the basic principles and applications.
If you want to get your hands on Chinese lucky charms that set you up for good fortune, here is a quick shopping list for you:
For Abundance and Prosperity, you can acquire the Lucky Golden Ingot, Dragon Turtle, and Laughing Buddha, and place it on your “wealth area” which is the south-east corner of your home or office space.
If you want to dive deeper and learn the other Feng Shui Bagua areas of your home, you can check this out.
Acorns, United Kingdom
Acorn, as a lucky charm, originated from Scandinavia. It is said to be the symbol of good luck, prosperity, power, youth, health, longevity, and unlimited potential.
This belief came from Nordic folklore that Thor, the god of thunder, once stood under an oak during a violent storm for safety. People adapted this and started to place acorns on their windowsills to protect a house from lightning strikes.
In some parts of the United Kingdom, women followed a custom of bringing acorns in their pockets or wearing them around their necks, believing this will prevent premature aging and allow them to keep their beauty.
Dream Catchers, United States
Traditionally, dream catchers were intended to protect a sleeping person from having nightmares and bad dreams while letting good dreams through. These are hung above the bed so that it can “catch” the bad dreams while letting the good dreams and positive thoughts through, gliding down the feathers to the sleeping person. Today, these beautiful hand-crafted charms are also considered to bring good luck.
Elephants, India and Thailand
All over Asia, elephants are considered lucky symbols and even sacred in some parts. Because of the elephant’s features, they are considered a symbol of stability, strength, power, and wisdom.
Elephants facing your door is believed to bring good luck. Business owners often place elephant figurines in the entrance of their stores. It’s also said that the trunks should be up for good luck.
Hamsa Hand, Israel and Middle-East
The Hamsa Hand is also believed to bring good luck by the Jewish and Muslim communities. It’s also said to protect us from evil energy and bring happiness. The eye on the hand is said to see everything and watches over the bearer.
To the Jews, the word “hamsa” references the number five in Hebrew and is said to symbolize the first five books of the Torah. On the other hand, (see what I did there?) Muslims believe that the hand represents The Five Pillars of Islam.
Maneki Neko, Japan
A Maneki Neko is a cat statue that has a waving paw. It can be literally translated to English as Waving Cat.
It is said that if the left paw of the cat is raised, then the cat will attract more customers and bring good business to the store owner. If the right paw is raised, the cat will attract money and prosperity in general instead, making it the more popular choice for most people.
The Luck Factor
The Luck Factor is a more modern take on what is luck, and how you can become luckier using scientifically-backed ways.
Dr. Richard Wiseman, the author of the book with the same title, concluded that luck is something that can be learned, and it is something available to anyone willing to learn the principles.
One of the principles is you should create more chance opportunities. A way to illustrate this is through Babe Ruth. Babe is a professional baseball player who is best known for breaking the home run record, scoring an awesome 714 home runs throughout his career.
Was Babe just lucky? Maybe. But if you look closer, you will see that Babe Ruth also has a lot of strikeouts during his career. It just means that he swung for the fences more times and decided to put himself in a position to maximize his chances of home runs.
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take
Personally, this is one of my favorite ways to increase my luck and bring good fortune to my life. Many men and women has attributed The Secret to their success… and by the same token, frustration, if used incorrectly.
Here’s what you need to remember: Whatever you think of and believe in your mind, your thoughts, it will manifest in your life, one way or another.
Thoughts are very powerful. It is the basis of our emotions. If we think about negative things, chances are we will feel terrible. But, if we always think of positive things instead, we will feel great.
And if we feel great, what do you think will happen? Our emotions of feeling great will greatly affect the quality of our actions. We will perform better. Most probably, even if we get hit by a lot of challenges, always looking on the bright side will allow us to endure and persevere in the midst of failure.
You know what they say… Very successful people have one thing in common. They all failed. But what made them different?
Most people, when they fail, they quit. But the most successful people don’t. They embrace failure. They try again. They fail faster and fail forward, maximizing their opportunities to achieve their goals. Just like what Babe Ruth did… He just kept swinging for the fences!
If you go back and take a closer look at what we’ve talked about, you will notice that there is a similarity to all the symbols, charms, and practices for increasing luck…
Belief is the common theme of all these. Sometimes, it doesn’t matter if you have all the charms and symbols or do all of the practices. If you don’t believe that it will work for you… then you’re shit out of luck.
We can even say that luck is a state of mind. If you believe in your heart that you are the luckiest person, then you will see whatever circumstance you’ll be in through a positive perspective and perhaps find the hidden opportunity even in the hardest situations.
One of the best definitions of luck that I can remember is this, “Luck happens when preparedness meets opportunity.”
See the world through a lucky perspective, a positive lens, and always try to achieve a higher version of yourself, so you can be ready for whatever opportunity that luck will bring to you.
So, now you already know how you could boost your luck and make your own luck.
Find out what works for you best, keep going at it, and “may the odds be ever in your favor.”