With St. Patty’s Day looming on Saturday and my two little girls asking me daily about leprechauns and rainbows and mystical pots of gold, I have “luck” on my mind this week!

Specifically, what exactly is luck, and is there anything you can do to become “luckier”?

(Happy news spoiler alert: YES, there is!)

luck /lək/

Success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s own actions.

Chance to find or acquire: “he lucked into a disc-jockey job”.

Now I must admit, on a typical week I don’t spend much time (if any) thinking about “luck”, because as the above definition states, it’s something I have zero control over. I am a firm believer in the serenity prayer that my grandfather passed on to me many years ago (although I’m not always perfect at living it!),

“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can;
and the wisdom to know the difference.”

“Luck” falls squarely into the “things I cannot change” category, so while I am eternally grateful for every single speck of luck I may ever have had (THANK YOU UNIVERSE!!! I DO NOT TAKE IT FOR GRANTED AND AM ETERNALLY GRATEFUL FOR ALL THAT I HAVE AND ALL THAT I AM!!!) I also realize that other than not taking it for granted and being appreciative and grateful, it is completely out of my hands.

Or is it…?

Whenever I hear words like “always” or “never” or “impossible” or “completely”, my brain instantly begins to question (it’s just the way I’m made):

“OK, so if I can’t control my circumstances or my “luck”, what CAN I control? Is there anything that I CAN do to increase my probability of success?”

And as it turns out, “luckily” (ha) there is!

You may not have control over the universe or your circumstances, but you DO have infinite control over yourself, your attitude, your thoughts, your decisions, and your actions.

This is why I prefer this well-known definition of luck:

“Luck is what happens when preparedness meets opportunity.” – Seneca

And of course Bruce Lee’s famous saying,

Bruce Lee Create Your Luck Poster

Bruce Lee Didn’t Sit Around Hoping for Better “Luck”…

“You have to create your own luck. You have to be aware of the opportunities around you and take advantage of them.” – Bruce Lee

But I promised you I would tell you how you can dramatically increase your luck, not just wax poetic on what I think about “luck”, so what exactly is it that you can do???

What is the ONE thing you can do to dramatically increase your luck?

Here it is…

Instead of looking at luck as something that “happens” to you, whether “bad” or “good”, instead try looking at luck as a high or low probability of success.

Because you can always work on increasing your probability of success!

What is your probability of success of achieving financial independence if you don’t have a vision for your future? If you haven’t created and written down SMART goals to help you get there? If you don’t “pay attention” to money and believe that investing is “too difficult” for you? (I would wager, not very good…)

What is your probability of success of achieving anything different this year if you are not learning and doing anything different this year? (I would wager, zero…)

But on the flip side…what is your probability of success if you DO have a vision for your future? And you’ve created and written down SMART goals to help you get there? And you’re diligently learning about investing, studying the global markets and trends, and practicing your skills every day? And you are networking with other successful investors and traders and finding successful mentors to help you? (I would wager, pretty darn good!)

You have so much more control over your future than you think! Just imagine how much your “luck” might change if you work diligently each day to increase your odds of success!

Even the “lucky” lottery winner can improve his “chance” of winning the lottery by simply buying a ticket (no ticket = no chance!).

So my challenge to you on this St. Patrick’s Day week is to work on improving your “luck” (your odds of success!). Dust off those financial independence goals and start gaming your system to stack the odds in your favor!

What can you do to improve your chances of success? What do you need to learn? Whom do you need to meet? What do you have to do this year, this month, this week to move you closer to your goals?

You may not have control over your “luck” or your “circumstances” or over what comes up along the way, but you have infinite control over your odds…so start stacking them in your favor!

To your financial success,
— Kung Fu Girl

P.S. This is true kung fu…the patience, hard work, and discipline needed to achieve your heart’s desires and make you truly feel “lucky” in your life.

P.P.S. If you need a great refresher course on goals, Craig Ballantyne just published a goal-setting / goal-getting guide on Amazon.com called How To Set Goals: Ultimate Goal Setting Guide to Having Your Best Year Ever…it’s FREE if you’re a Prime member and only $.99 otherwise. I guarantee that having SMART goals will dramatically increase your “luck”!