There are several things I do that contribute to generating good luck, but there is one thing that I have found to be uncannily consistent and reliable. Unfortunately it is so simple that nearly every one of you will dismiss it out-of-hand as worthless and not give it a trial. However, I maintain that it is a fabulous piece of practical wisdom that performs miracles for me and I offer it to you as a holiday gift.
Here it is: Go to bed before 10 PM.
That’s it. Be under covers, lights out, and eyes closed before 10. Whenever I do it (and I try to follow this diligently), I am somehow rewarded with a stroke (or several strokes) of good luck the following day. I don’t know why it works, it just does.
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, it was impossible to do it. My son had no school and various evening events conspired to keep us all up past 10. But last night, I managed Cinderella-style to make it in bed just as the clock struck 10. As a result, a series of wonderful things occurred and all before lunch. Some extremely good financial news arrived. Some pleasant family interaction transpired. Some knotty household problem got magically fixed with no fuss or muss. A publisher inquired about the Korean rights to my book. And I had a little epiphany/breakthrough on my new book that will make the rest of it unfold more easily.
Now it is not like I am unlucky on days where I go to bed after 10. It is just that there is an extra (and frequently large) measure of sweetness on the days following the nights when I do. I don’t know what causes it. Perhaps it is the-world-is-as-you-are type of thing. In other words, if you are grumpy inside, then you see the world through grumpy eyes and everything is tainted accordingly. If, on the other hand, you are rested and happy, you see the world as a fresh, happy place. But then again, perhaps the world simply responds more favorably to rested, happy people.
Please give it a try for a week. And then let me know if you had any “good luck” the next day. It will be interesting to see if this simple thing has any universality to it.
All the best and sleep well.