It's Friday the 13th... tun dun dun.
I actually LOVE the number 13. It is a VERY lucky number for me! For example:
The day I found out I got an amazing scholarship from TD - Apr. 13
The day I found out I got into Mac Health Sci - May 13
Day I found out I got into Dental School - Apr 13
My first license plates - 139 and 283
The one and only time I won $2000 at a casino at a 2-cent slot machine - Nov 13.
My mom though is a bit superstitious when it comes to my lucky 13. My very first license plate had 139 in it. So 13 and a total sum of 13 from 1+3+9. This was making my mom a bit anxious so she went with me to the DMV to order a new one. It arrived for pickup...the letters were different, but the numbers yet again - 139. Haha what a crazy coincidence! Then we get a second car... I order a second license plate... 283, sums to 13 again. I love coincidences that work out in my favour!!!
There are actually tons more... and I know what you're thinking... you're surrounded by the number because you pay attention to it so you notice it. "Selective coincidence." And that's completely true, but it doesn't mean I'm not allowed to rock it. I love having a lucky charm (and I have more of them than just my lucky 13)
Finding something that is your lucky charm will turn things in your favour.
Remember in Harry Potter, when he has Felix Felicis? The liquid luck potion? And it's totally amazing because he can feel when good opportunities arise and knows exactly how to take advantage of them?
Too bad we can't do that in real life... but what I LOVE about this part of the book is when Harry placebos Ron into thinking he took the potion as well. And Ron kicks some serious butt during their Quidditch tournament going by his own pure talent. Placebo lucky charm for the win!! Having a lucky charm works! Even if it's only because it gives you that little bit of self esteem, that extra bit of courage to try something new or a way to manage your anxiety and put yourself in a more positive mood!! I have pre-competition and pre-race rituals that I always follow! Doing so puts me in the right mindset. And it's not so much about trying to get illusion of control of a situation where you have less control, but about feeling anchored during an uncertain time.
My reference is not just HP... studies show that having a lucky charm DOES increase your chance of success! There's a pretty good read here, but there are dozens more studies examining the psychology behind luck and risk
So find a lucky charm!
Here's a list of some common ones, but I recommend you find your own. The sillier and more unique, the better.
1. Lucky Cricket! Like in Mulan... but real ones are nowhere near as cute so... I wouldn't do this unless it's a toy
2. The Nazar... if you go to Greece or Turkey these things are EVERYWHERE. Especially jewelry. Easy to wear... but they scare me a bit.
3. Horseshoes! A bit cliché, but the shape is so great and works with anything:
4. Lucky Penny! Canada's phased the penny out... where is your luck now, penny. Also if you were to find money to pick up I hope it's more than a lucky penny.
5. Hamsa - tell the evil eye to talk to the hand
6. Four-leaf clover. To me less a sign of good luck and more of a "it's St. Patty's Day and everyone is getting loaded!"
7. 7! Lucky 7 is all over the place. Many religions and cultures embrace it.
In the end it doesn't matter, you're just rocking your personal placebo.
So for today's message of the day...
Embrace your lucky charm placebo! If you have one... LOVE it. If you don't... you can always think of one, next time you set a PB... or something extraordinary happens... find an object that you associate with that. And milk it for all it's psychologically worth!