To the general population, it sometimes appears that the only people who make it big are the ones who catch a lucky break. As business owners, it is clear that this is not the case. 

The idea that luck somehow governs our success is almost laughable.

This month as we celebrate the luck of the Irish during St. Patrick’s Day, it is a good reminder that we are ultimately the creators of our own luck.

Ray Kroc said, on the subject of luck, “Luck is the dividend of sweat. The more you sweat the luckier you get.”

Luck is something that needs to be made.

Perhaps a good definition of luck is to have an opportunity afforded to you. These opportunities seem to happen by chance and it is possible that someone may receive more opportunities than someone else. If an opportunity presents itself to you and you haven’t done the work to prepare yourself to make the most of that opportunity you will not see success come from any opportunity coming your way.

Here are a few ideas to help you make your own luck:

1) Be Proactive. Actively search out opportunities and circumstances to use to your advantage.

2) Believe in a Goal. You are more likely to succeed if you create goals that lead to your success. If you truly believe in your goal, luck is more likely to come your way.

3) Raise Your Expectations. If you are anticipating good things to happen, good things will happen. Your positive energy will make a huge difference in your success!

4) Work Smarter. Spend your time wisely. Focus on the areas that mean the most to you. It comes back to prioritizing your to-do list.

This month, instead of being frustrated because you haven’t found your proverbial pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, look for ways to increase your luck. Seek out new opportunities and make sure that you are prepared for them.

Follow the guidelines here, and the Luck o’ the Irish will surely pay you a visit.