The NSLS News
Letter from the President
Dear Society Member,
March is a month full of activity. There’s Easter, the first day of Spring, National Pi Day, March Madness and of course St. Patrick’s Day. In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, I would like to take the opportunity to discuss the importance of creating your own “luck.”
For years, many have debated whether “luck” even exists. Luck has been defined as: success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one's own actions. While certain outcomes can be attributed to being in the right place at the right time, you actually have more control over creating your good fortune than you may believe. In order to be in the “right place,” you must put yourself there, and you do that by seizing opportunities.
Much like achieving success and happiness, “being lucky” also starts with your state of mind. Psychologist Richard Wiseman says that “luck” is all about your mindset and how you see yourself in the world. His research shows that people who are considered to be “lucky” are positive, resilient, hardworking, productive and make the most of an opportunity when they see it. In a study of over 400 diverse people, Wiseman found that 82% of people who considered themselves to be “lucky” were prepared to work hard and create their own luck.
Your state of mind can be conditioned and should be one of fearless ambition. Intentionally do things that make you uncomfortable and prepare yourself for every situation and outcome. Acknowledge and celebrate your good fortunes, no matter how small, to create a positive anchor in your mind. Have the “as-if” mindset. Prepare your subconscious to be happy and expect good things by planning that perfect vacation, test driving your dream car or trying on your red-carpet outfit “as if” it were today’s reality. Send yourself the message that you deserve the best.
At the very least, teach yourself to always be looking for the next opportunity. Be open minded and prepare yourself for “luck.” Instead of going to the student center or cafeteria to simply have a meal, go thinking you might encounter a new friend, professional contact or opportunity. Don’t categorize situations and people in advance, be open to see what’s presented.
The bottom line is that you shouldn’t wait on the universe for good fortune. Create your own “luck” and control your own destiny. Always be on the look out for the next opportunity while on your path towards academic, personal or professional growth. Possessing that state of mind will allow you to create your own “luck.”
The National Society of Leadership and Success
Continue reading below in the Monthly Motivation section to learn 15 ways to create your own “luck.”
Iowa State University
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University of Oregon
On Sunday, January 31, 2016, the Society chapter at the University of Oregon joined forces with a volunteer organization called “Burrito Brigade,” a group committed to providing nutritious vegan burritos to homeless youth, families, and veterans in the Eugene, Oregon community. Each Sunday, Burrito Brigade convenes in the basement kitchen of downtown Eugene’s First Christian Church to prep, cook, wrap, and distribute 550-600 vegan burritos to various parks and homeless camps in the area. Ten members of the University of Oregon chapter took their first step towards earning their National Engaged Leader Award (NELA) by participating in this community service project.
Western Connecticut State University
On Friday, January 29, 2016, the Society chapter at Western Connecticut State University had a successful Leadership Training Day (LTD) event with 20 engaged attendees.
The Society chapter at San Antonio College inducted 134 new members during its Spring 2016 Induction Ceremony on Wednesday, January 27, 2016.
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The “Society State of Mind” Collection
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Spring 2016 Speaker Broadcasts
The Spring 2016 Speaker Broadcast Season finale is just 12 days away!
Janice Bryant Howroyd will be joining us on Tuesday, March 15th. See below for your chance to ask her a question and appear in the live broadcast.
|JANICE BRYANT HOWROYD - "CREATING EXPONENTIAL GROWTH IN YOUR LIFE"|
To participate, please send a video file or link to your YouTube video (public or unlisted) to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 12PM (EST), Monday, March 14th. Several submissions will be chosen for Janice to answer. If your video is selected, you will receive a $50 VISA gift card.
Janice's speech, entitled "Creating Exponential Growth in Your Life," will address topics such as "diversifying your skills for the digital landscape," "getting noticed by the companies you want to work for" and "how to talk the real talk that closes the deal." Please ask questions relevant to these topics, as well as to her career and experience. You can familiarize yourself with Janice here and read the latest news and articles about Janice and her company here.
A few tips for your video:
The Society Scholarships and Awards Program supports members for their dynamic leadership, service, chapter/member excellence and financial need.
Stephen Covey Tribute Awards
Need-Based Scholarship and Grants
* If you are a Chapter Advisor, you can apply for the Advisory Leadership Program Grant or be nominated for the Distinguished Advisor Award.
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– Robert Collier
Be Lucky! 15 Ways to Create Your Own Luck