I don’t believe in luck.
I believe that any action that people take advances to some form of outcome based on a complex clump of interconnecting inertias.
An area of coaching, called Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), works on an understanding of a process. In his book “the inner game of tennis”, Galway introduces us to playing tennis. Firstly, without a racket – imagining where the ball will end up. Secondly, with a racket to visualise and feel where the ball is going to be hit. Finally, with the ball to complete the process.
In understanding that ‘luck’ does not really exist and that we live in programmes, perhaps we should think about the lucky ones. These lucky ones know better what they need to do to get an inevitable outcome in situations that are non – random. Checklists could help these programmes…
Within our psyche, we process millions of bits of information and out of our interpretations come outcomes, so if we work on how these bits of information are processed, then we can have an impact on the outcome.
In communicating with people, the same filters are in play. We hone in on the bits of information we find interesting and therefore are surprised when we both connect. A connection that has a subject of joint interest in two different people is exciting because this common language or attention permits us to explore other adjacent areas.
This then leads me to conclude that we can increase our levels or serendipity by our actions.
By exploring how we can widen our interest could then increase ‘our luck’ of bumping into somebody that could add value.
We should be inviting ourselves and others to open up, and to stray from our conventional comfort zones more.
We will then experience other filtered worlds. Worlds that will be different, exciting and worlds that will lead us to a more significant impact, serendipity and opportunity.