How Lucky Charms Can Boost Our Courage. No, really.

Luck and Courage

What does “luck” have to do with increasing our courage, and in particular, lucky charms? Well, we often think we just get lucky--or we don't. While it is true that some people really do win the lottery--and without question, it's also true that we get born into one set of life circumstances rather than another, it's also true that most days, we're out making our own luck--it doesn't just get showered on us.

Trinkets, Talismans, Tchotchkes: How Lucky Charms Help Us Grow More Courageous

It turns out that many of us have a private strategy for increasing our “luck.” We wear a special pair of socks that make us feel unstoppable, we play at our best when we pull out our "lucky golf ball," we carry a special pebble in our pocket on a job interview. Myself, I have my “Superhero” pen that not only helps me write at my best, but it also seems to ward off things unsavory. (You don't want to see me when I lose that thing. I'm just sayin'.)

The Bottom Line

It's okay to be superstitious. The objects we give these special powers to actually increase our confidence. And when our confidence increases, so, too, does our courage--while also improving our performance! With even a little more confidence we find we can tip the scales in our courage favor--we can take that extra little step that we weren't sure we could. We rise. We become our better self. And if it's in the service of accomplishing our goals, making a more meaningful life, giving back to a world that could benefit from our gifts, that's quite possibly a very good thing.