The first step to a winning attitude is to expect to win.
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.
Lucky people tend to listen to their intuition, which helps them to avoid bad situations and maximize good opportunities.
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.
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.
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.
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. Remind yourself that good luck always follows bad.
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. Everything new that you try is a new opportunity to become luckier.
Some people get so focused on the task at hand that they totally fail to see the lucky opportunities around them. There was an experiment. People were asked 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.
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.
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. Lucky people don't rely on superstition, but rather on working smarter.
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.