Does bad luck seem to follow you around like a lost black cat? Australian Content Magazine editor and business coach Genine Howard tells us that a run of bad luck may very well be mind over matter.
Until recently, I have spent my life thinking how lucky I have been to have had a fun-filled, adventurous, successful, happy and content life. Of course there have been the ups as well as the downs, but I have been fortunate enough that the ups have very much outweighed the downs. Now, I don’t write this to gloat about my life, impress anyone or even to inspire you. I tell you this because I am not lucky at all. Nope, not a bit. I don’t win Lotto and never win the meat raffle.
I now realise that luck hasn’t played a role in my life – my ‘luck’; should you call it, has come from planning, purpose, hard work and action. I believe I am living proof that you can literally create your own luck and live the way you intend. Luck is there for all of us. Should you choose. ‘Luck’ also works the other way around; ‘bad luck’ is not random. In actual fact, you can literally create your own bad luck.
Have you ever been in place where there just seems no end to the run of bad luck? A place where things just continually go wrong? I know that at these times it seems as if the Universe were playing a bad joke and you are the butt of it. But I am here to tell you that you can get off the merry-go-round of negativity. And the power is all in your thoughts.
To throw some science at you, when we are caught up in the negativity of the world and we can’t see the forest for the trees, a chemical response is at work in our brains. Each of us have billions of neurons in our brains. These neurons have little arms that reach out to connect with other neurons. When these branches touch through a positive thought, a chemical called serotonin is released. For those of you who remember Biology 101 will know that serotonin is a feel good hormone. And not only that, when the neurons connect with each other (via what is known as the synaptic gap), this creates a train of thought. In short, when you think positive thoughts, your brain allows room for more positive thoughts and you can easily find solutions.
In short, when you think positive thoughts, your brain allows room for more positive thoughts and you can easily find solutions.
Conversely, when you think negative thoughts, instead of the neurons connecting with each other, a chemical called cortisone is produced – along with being a stress hormone, cortisone acts like a brick wall to your thoughts. Your mind quite literally gets blocked and trapped into more negative thoughts.
This all sounds a bit nerdy so let’s keep it simple.
How does this play out in real life? How can our thoughts bring more negative events into our life? Are we really that powerful? Well … yes.
The funny thing is that the same events can happen to two people with two completely different perspectives. Someone who is in a negative frame of mind will only see the darkness of the situation and no light at the end of the figurative tunnel.
A positive thinking person is easily able to see the silver lining of any situation or at the very worst, cope with a bad situation. It’s like the old example; two men sit in front of their boss and are just told they have been retrenched. One replies, “But what about my wife and children? How will we put food on the table? This is so unfair!” Whilst, the other man thinks to himself, ‘You know what, this was just the kick in the pants I needed to start that business I have long dreamed of’. So as simplistic as it seems and as trivial it may come across, positive thinking does bring positive outcomes and conversely negative thinking brings more negative outcomes.
Your mind, your thoughts and your feelings are completely powered by you. You have total control over your thoughts and therefore, total control over the outcomes in your life.
Which outcomes do you choose?
Genine Howard is a magazine publisher/editor, speaker and personal business coach. Through her online publication, Australian Content Magazine (www.contentmagazine.com.au), and through her coaching business, A Charmed Life (www.geninehoward.com), Genine is on a mission to show women how to live a life full of abundance, style, ease and grace. Her teachings show women they can live their own version of ‘A Charmed Life’ – a life that gives you the positivity to create wealth, the power to be who you really should be, the contentment of living a life on purpose and the ability to be thankful for each and every day.