How Lucky Are You?
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A few months ago, I moderated an executive panel for WOMEN Unlimited.  When asked if he’d been lucky in his career, one of the panelists replied,

“Yes, if you consider my definition of luck – being prepared when opportunity comes.”

His definition differs from those found in most dictionaries, many of which include the word “chance”, as if luck is something that happens to  you, rather than for  you. Reframing luck this way suggests action- preparation and openness – being intentional rather than claiming victor or victim status when things do or don’t go well.

So, how lucky are you? Are you prepared for opportunity when it comes your way? If not, here are some tips to increase your luck:

Know what you want and what you don’t want.  Whether it’s a job, a relationship, a new house or something else, think about what you need and don’t need, so you’ll recognize the right fit when it comes your way. Identify 2-3 “must-haves” and 2-3 “no-ways” to use when assessing options. Don’t settle for something that doesn’t work for you.

Know what value you bring.  Be able to articulate why you should be selected for a particular job, or why a home seller should accept your offer. Do your homework – what does the other party need, and how can you best present your case? Knowing your value enables you to show up confidently (not arrogant), making it easier for the other party to say yes.

Keep your eyes and ears open.  Pay attention to what’s going on around you. Go for a walk, take a different route home, or get together with someone you haven’t seen for awhile. You’ll be amazed at the ideas and connections that come from getting out of your rut.

Be flexible and patient. The opportunity that comes your way might not be exactly as you envisioned it, but may turn out to be better. The timing might not be as you like, but if you want to be ready to fully step into the opportunity, timing is critical.

Here’s to luck – being prepared when opportunity comes!

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