10+ Tips for Making Your Own Luck

By: Jan Bolick
March 20, 2012

 Especially helpful for those who sometimes feel out of place, alone, misunderstood, tired, unsuccessful and/or out of luck,  this week’s  Quote of the Week from The Boss  reminds us that we CAN make it.

Here are 10 tips for making your own luck.  You don’t have to do them all.

Each is a surefire way to boost morale and productivity.  Yours and your team’s.

1.  Do work that you love, preferably working with people that you love.   This is a tough one.  If you can’t achieve it right now, don’t be discouraged.

2.  Decide what you want/determine your goals.  For now.  And for later.

3.  Determine the most important activities needed to reach these goals.

4.  Write down #2 and #3 so you can refer to them when you get tired, confused, discouraged, or distracted by things (like in #5).

5.  Don’t do all those things that clamor for your attention but don’t really matter.

6.  Share your goals with others so they can support you.  Who knows…maybe they could do some of the things in #5…or give you permission NOT to do them.

7.  Goof off – at least a little bit each day.   If you are out of practice, be sure to celebrate National Goof Off Day on Thursday, March 22.

8.  Focus on the positive.  Be grateful for all your good luck.  Keep a gratitude journal or lucky list.  Each day, write down three things you are grateful for;  or three things you are lucky to have.

9.  On a day when you are feeling strong,  do an inventory of your bad luck.  Write down each “episode” of bad luck.  Can you identify a cause?  Is there a trend?  Perhaps it really wasn’t bad luck?  Perhaps there is a way to prevent?

1o.  When feeling discouraged, read 8 Boomers Who Punched the Leprechaun in the Nose.

11.  As a reminder; for support and reinforcement, post these quotes, or keep them with your lucky list (#8).

Get more detail on the above quote, see :  Quote of the Week from the Boss.


To Remind & Reinforce

Computer screens are a perfect place to post important reminders. The quotes above can become wallpaper for your computer with three easy clicks.

1. Click on the desired image.

2. Right click on the image that appears.

3. On the pull down menu that appears, click on “set as background”.

Voila! There’s still plenty of room on the left side of the screen for all your shortcut icons.

Note: If you don’t like your new wallpaper, don’t want to replace it with a quote from the Business Class Quote Library and don’t know how to get rid of it……Go to your control panel. Select “Display”. Select “Desktop”. And then choose from the designs offered.

To Print & Post

Click on the link provided below each quote.

Meanwhile: If you haven’t already done so, sign up for a Monday morning BOOST for you and your team – the Leadership Quote of the Week delivered to your email box each Monday morning.

Sign up here for the Leadership Quote of the Week – A Bite Sized Bit to Boost Morale, Productivity and Performance.


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