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THE KRAMER CHRONICLES WHAT ARE YOUR CHANCES OF FINDING IT? DO YOU BELIEVE IN LUCK? 03.19 WWW.KRAMERLAWGROUP.ORG | 801.601.1229
T he first time I really sat down and pondered the idea of luck, I was in the third grade. The fields in my hometown were filled with clovers, and I’d heard that if I was able to find one with four leaves, I’d be eternally lucky. For several hours after school, I sprawled out in a field, scouring the chunks of green for the special clover that would give me my lucky break. To this day, I’ve never found one. While my belief in fortune-filled foliage has certainly waned in recent years, I still believe in luck. But what I’ve realized is that luck tends to favor some people over others. I once heard the adage, “The people who work the hardest tend to be the luckiest,” a quote I’ve found to be extremely true in both my personal and professional experiences. While a select few can still win hefty sums playing scratchers or guessing the correct lottery numbers, general good fortune in life stems from preparation and work ethic. If your financial future is based on winning the lottery, you’ll always end up disappointed. But if you spend years in school earning your degree or completing all the planning necessary for starting a new business or career, your chance of success — financial or otherwise — is exponentially greater.
before bed, I write down all that I am grateful for that day. I typically only fill up 4–5 lines, so the process doesn’t take up too much time, but I’ve found that the activity has served as a huge catalyst for my daily joy. In doing so, I’ve realized how much I have to be thankful for even on some of my most difficult days.
“IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR THE GOOD THINGS IN LIFE, YOU’LL HAVE AN EASIER TIME FINDING THEM.”
When you take a step back and really reflect on your life, all the good parts come into clearer focus. For example, I wake up with a roof over my head and food in my cupboards, then I drive to work in my own vehicle, wearing my own clothes. While these are all basic necessities, they're still items I make sure to include in my gratitude journal. This discipline has helped me to attract more positivity in my own life by forcing me to pay attention to everything I already have and take
In addition to planning, I believe good luck requires an optimistic mindset. If you start your day believing it will be great regardless of the circumstances, you will be more inclined
notice of life's potential. Say I need to go grocery shopping and I find a great parking spot, or say I’m running late to work and all the traffic lights are green — to me, once gratitude is at the forefront of your mind, you realize how often good things happen to you. While I was never able to find a four-leaf clover, my belief in luck hasn’t subsided. Now I just look at it from a more nuanced standpoint. Whether or not you plan to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this month, I encourage you to consider starting a gratitude journal. Who knows? Maybe it will change your perspective on luck entirely!
to take notice of the positive changes that occur in your life, regardless of how subtle they might be. In short, if you’re looking for the good things in life, you’ll have an easier time finding them.
In an attempt to maintain my own optimistic mindset, I have started a
daily practice of writing in what I call my “gratitude journal.” The notebook itself isn’t anything fancy; I just went to Walmart and purchased a small and simple yearly journal. Then, either in the morning before I leave for work or at night
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