Articles Tagged ‘Make your own luck’

Finding Four Leaf Clovers

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

“One of the reasons that people can’t find four leaf clovers is that they are too busy looking at all of the three leaf clovers” – Marjorie.

Over the last several years I have been having fun taking pictures of four leaf clovers when I find them and posting them on my Facebook page. It’s exciting for me when I do find them because I was one of those people who couldn’t find one if it was staring me in the face. To add to the pressure, my Mom is a four leaf clover aficionado and finds them all of the time. It was not until my good friend, Dr. Sue Morter, taught me to slow down … just sit down, actually and “be the clover” that they began to show up everywhere. (My first ever five leaf clover is pictured above)

Dr. Sue Morter, my four leaf clover teacher and owner of Morter Institute & Health Center in Indianapolis, wrote a beautiful blog about the experience that opened her up to SEE-ing and listening within. Take some time to “just sit down”, read on and learn. You’ll be glad you did.

”There is a purpose for every event that occurs in our lives: Service. Everything that occurs serves as an opportunity for us to come to know ourselves more fully as an empowered co-creator of our experience. No exceptions.

In the first three months after my mother Marjorie’s passing, I found 69 four leaf clovers. This was not because I was particularly gifted in any way, but rather because I simply slowed down enough to see them. And when I did see them, sometimes three or four at a time, a deep and overwhelming sense of joy slipped in between the crushing grief and reminded me that there was more to the moment than the obvious.

So what was different? I sat down. I stopped from a pace of running a private practice, managing a staff, traveling to all corners of the country and abroad teaching professional seminars, being one of her primary care takers on the weekends and catching a flight back home in order to return to work and begin again on Monday. I stopped with the notion of everything having to get ‘done’. I just sat down. I ‘had’ to.

In that sitting down, in the despair of what felt like losing such a beautiful and rare relationship, my mind stopped and it felt as though all that remained was my breath. Literally all I could focus on was my breathing. Everything else fell away. And something shifted in me. I felt an actual physical, shift. Something let go, and something else ignited. A feeling — (rather than a philosophy) that it really was OK to fully accept my state, trust it, take action from that space or take no action at all, and let go of the outcome — was born.

“One of the reasons that people can’t find four leaf clovers is that they are too busy looking at all of the three leaf clovers”, a favorite quote of mine, offered by Marjorie.
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Getting Lucky with Money

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

ScottManning

I want to share with you about my trip to Las Vegas and the business lessons learned while it was fresh in my mind.

Number 1 – You’ve got to expect to be lucky. Sure, that comes from doing the right things, but believe me, no matter how many times you point yourself in the right direction, if you are expecting the worst you’ll get it.

This is not to say simply being optimistic, no, as Dan Kennedy talks about all the time, coined by Napoleon Hill, accurate thinking is critical.

When you set out to do something, though, since it’s you doing it, you ought to be confident about the outcome. You have to expect to get lucky.

That means that your actions and strategy must be warranted by your thinking. You need to be following a plan, with purpose, that you are intentionally taking action on. Then, you have no reason to not expect to “get lucky.”

Number 2 – You can’t get lucky if you’re sitting on the sidelines. In other words, if you’re dealt a bad hand, and choose not to be dealt again, it’s pretty obvious you can’t win, you can’t get lucky.
One of the biggest problems I see with entrepreneurs is that they think a “strategy” or a “business” is no good. Instead of taking responsibility. The simple fact that someone somewhere is doing better than you are means there is room for improvement.

But most people want to jump from cloud to cloud searching for the next rainbow instead of hunkering down, building a solid business, and watching as the clouds part to discover the rainbow was right there with them all along.

Think about it, how many professional athletes have a slump and instead of working on their skill, they switch sports because “it must be something with the sport – can’t be me.”

None of them. So, as a business owner, don’t be so fickle.
And, while you may see this as contradictory to number 1, you should know it goes hand in hand. When you stay in the game, play more hands, get dealt more cards, you will find ways to win. And that’s exactly how you get lucky.

So,
Luck Principle #1 is Expect to Get Lucky
Luck Principle #2 is Play to Get Lucky
And finally Number 3, go out and find Luck, don’t wait for it to find you.

In other words, create your own luck. The best way to describe this is with Dan Kennedy’s Renegade Millionaire philosophy of “antennas up” meaning that you are always aware and alert for opportunities, (or said another way “luck”).

For number 3, you are looking for people, places, things, ideas, and all of the above.

You’ve got to hang out with successful people and listen and learn, and be hungry for new information, all the time.

At Dan Kennedy’s Opportunity Concepts Event in Cleveland on the last day, one of the last examples I got from an idea from another attendee, then commented on by Dan, that I am now able to execute and roll out into 3 or 4 of my private clients businesses.

That’s huge. For them, for me.

The bottom line to principle number 3, if you want more luck, you’ve got to be where luck is created. You won’t find it by yourself hiding in your office, or going to goofy little meetings, and certainly not hanging around people less well off than you.

To review:

Luck Principle #1 is Expect, plan, strategize to Get Lucky
Luck Principle #2 is Play (work), be in the game, to Get Lucky
Luck Principle #3 is Be Alert, Opportunistic, be a searcher to Get Lucky

I challenge you to make sure you take inventory of your life, business, and how you invest your time, that you are focusing on these 3 BIG categories of action, thinking, and behavior.

These three principles will lead money to you and you to the money.

Hear about more business expanding ideas at Scott’s Insider’s Circle Chapter Meeting and watch (or be a part of) the Marketer of the Month Contest.

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