How to be lucky

Last week I spent time chilling by the pool in Spain with the family, and for once I properly took a break from the whirlwind of social media. I switched off the WiFi and settled down with a book I’ve been meaning to read for ages – The Luck Factor by Richard Wiseman. 

If you’ve never heard of it, The Luck Factor outlines four principles of being lucky, accompanied by research and plenty of statistics and stories. The idea is that we make our own luck, and with a change of attitude we can all become lucky people.

How To Be Lucky - tips for compers

I’ve always considered myself a lucky person, which is why ten years ago I chose ‘superlucky’ as the name of my business (initially freelance graphic design, until I took a change of career direction when pregnant and developed it into a comping website). I believe my good luck is a result of a positive attitude, outgoing personality and perseverance: I wasn’t born lucky and I don’t believe anyone is. But we all have the opportunity to become lucky, and I’m going to look at how compers can use Richard Wiseman’s four principles of luck to win more prizes.

The four principles

1. Maximise your chance opportunities

  • Build a ‘network of luck’. Make friends, chat to new people and be more social and outgoing. The original edition of The Luck Factor was written way before Facebook and Linked In took off. These days, it’s incredibly easy to make new friends and reconnect with old friends, whether that’s to find love, work or simply make your hobby more enjoyable. Comping communities are a great place to share positive thoughts and make new friends – and the more friends you have, the more comps you’ll have access to. Tell people about the prizes you want to win and the type of competitions you enjoy, and people will tell you when they find them!
  • Relax. Comping is a hobby. It shouldn’t be stressful – accept that you will never have time to enter every competition out there. Do it while it’s fun, if you feel under pressure then take a break. Lucky people are generally more relaxed than most, and as a result are more likely to notice chance opportunities: like a competition in a magazine, an advert on the radio, or a pound coin on the floor! If you’re anxious and only focused on one thing, you’ll miss the unexpected opportunities that surround you.
  • Be open to new experiences. Is your comping routine the same every day? Do you use the same website, chat to the same people, always type the same Facebook comments and Twitter replies? Mix it up and try something new. Visit a different supermarket or newsagent. Turn the radio on. Be brave and apply for a gameshow! In addition, enter for different prizes: a holiday to somewhere unusual, tickets to the opera, a sushi making class… Lucky people enjoy novelty and variety in their lives rather than convention and routine. I would never have flown a plane or done a bungee jump if it wasn’t for comping!

2. Listen to your intuition

  • If your intuition tells you not to enter a competition, don’t do it! It might be a voting competition, an expensive purchase-necessary promotion, or a holiday prize that you’re not confident you would enjoy. On the other hand, if you have a gut instinct that a prize is perfect for you, devote more time to entering and winning it.
  • Don’t let people get you down. Ditch the mood hoovers and the bitches: unfriend/unfollow on Facebook and block/mute on Twitter. If your intuition tells you someone isn’t a nice person, don’t waste your time on them!

3. Expect good fortune

  • Set lucky goals. Create a prize wish list and focus on it. For example, aim to win a family holiday in the next 12 months!
  • Persevere. If your photos or poems aren’t great, keep trying. Winners don’t give up at the first hurdle! Ask friends, YouTube and Google for tips and practise, practise, practise.
  • Visualise a fantastic future. Allow yourself to daydream about getting that winning phone call or bagging an amazing cash prize on a gameshow. One of the comping tips in my own book SuperLucky Secrets is ‘Believe you’ll win!’ – and so you should!

4. Turn bad luck into good

  • Look on the positive side. So you didn’t win this time, but that’s not time wasted. For a creative competition, learn from the experience so your next entry will be better. I spend a lot of time creating fun photos and videos, and if they don’t win at least they’ve brought joy to my family and friends!
  • Don’t dwell on it. There’s another perfect prize out there somewhere: get searching and you will soon forget about that failure! If you’ve been unlucky, don’t be negative in your social media status updates and comments. Forget about it, move on and look for new challenges!

Are you an unlucky comper?

After reading in The Luck Factor about the different attitudes of lucky and unlucky people, I realised how many unlucky compers I know. On Facebook, I see compers complaining because they won a small runners-up prize instead of the top prize. That’s an unlucky person: a lucky person would be delighted with the runners-up prize. After all, they could have won nothing at all! Unfortunately this is an attitude that’s all too common: instead of being content with small wins, some compers are after bigger and better prizes, and share their disappointment with everyone else through Facebook posts and tweets proclaiming they’re ‘so fed up – a week without a decent win!’

Lucky people, on the other hand, don’t mind a break without a prize. In fact, you’ll find them posting that a six month dry spell is because ‘there’s a biggie just round the corner!’

In addition, there are the unlucky compers who eagerly enter everything, then win prizes that are no good to them – a holiday to the US for a comper with no passport, or VIP tickets to a premiere 300 miles away! Perhaps if these compers had relaxed and taken time to check prize details and T&Cs carefully rather than jumping straight in, they might have avoided such disappointments! I see Facebook posts that say ”I entered but never expected to win!”. But if you don’t expect to win, why enter at all? Share that competition with your friends and concentrate on entering for prizes that you really DO expect to win! Then you’ll have more chance of getting a delightful win, rather than a disappointing one – and feel much luckier as a result.

Personally, I think much of what’s presented in The Luck Factor is common sense rather than science – but there is certainly plenty of food for thought for us compers!

How are you going to improve your luck? Leave a comment to let me know!

222 Responses

  1. Joy Scott says:

    Loving your blog Di, thanks for all the tips

  2. Nicola bull says:

    Hi di I will try and be positive and yes I can win, just have to keep trying xx

  3. Great post Di thanks so much for being part of this launch!

  4. Katrina Adams says:

    I have just bought The Luck Factor. Can’t wait to get stuck in after reading your post. I have also read The Secret and found it really refreshing – time to start putting it to work though!

  5. Sue Lewis says:

    I read The Secret! and also The Secret Daily Teachings 🙂

  6. Rochelle Benson says:

    I will tell myself I have won in the past and I will win again. That it is a real prospect that I will win. My late mum always said I will win something big. I know how happy my parents would be if I won anything.

  7. Christine Dodd says:

    This is really interesting – I believe I will win and I do (about one a month). This year I aim to win a holiday to New Zealand. To manifest this into my life, I am cutting out articles on NZ and sticking them in my bullet journal. I’ll let you know if I win one!

  8. Katrina Adams says:

    I love this! I have just finished reading The Secret and started putting some of that positivity/law of attraction into my life..and you know what? I started to see more good things happen and since reading it I seem to keep coming across articles on the law of attraction or a post with a new book to read such as this. It’s like the universe is trying to tell me something! First thing I am going to do to improve my luck is make a vision board to help me focus on the things I really want! I always tend to put things off and procrastinate waiting for a better time…that time is now!

  9. Kelly-Marie Chrascina says:

    Ohhhhh really love the idea of this as my Easter holiday read. I’m a new comper – two weeks in and I’m convinced I’m going to win the £5K HSBC money! Great new hobby – I should also put a vacuum cleaner on my wish list, it might encourage me to do some housework and not get too carried away with my new hobby. Thanks for the inspiration.

  10. Lucy CT says:

    Great blog post Di. I’ve had a crazy busy year at work so had to be very selective in the comps I enter, every little win is a joy. I didn’t expect much at all but was optimistic and got a lovely email to say I’d won a trip on the Orient Express! My comping resolution is to remain a optimistic and brush off negativity.

    • What a fabulous prize! Always stay positive – even if you’re not winning, you’ll see on Facebook and Twitter that others are winning wonderful prizes! And your turn will be soon. Enjoy the Orient Express!!

      • Debjyoti Ghosh says:

        Can u plz explain what’s happening…I’ve entered in more than 50 giveaways in Reddit.com. Not a single have I won. I complete all entries everyday. Can I be so unlucky….plz tell me what can I do

  11. colette sheeran says:

    Practising gratitude and entering as many comps as I can. Focusing on holidays or anything that is an experience.

  12. Angela Walton says:

    I’m going to attempt more creative comps, photos etc, make more of an effort to think up something creative and think positive. The only entry that can’t win is the one I don’t submit

  13. Natalie Crossan says:

    Getting 50 postal entries out a week, not winning 50 prizes a week from postal entries – I wish!

  14. Natalie Crossan says:

    You know me Di, I’m always looking for ways to improve my comping. Every year I find new and more efficient ways and then I look back and go, “Wish I’d been doing this for the last 3 years.” My latest new commitment to comping has been a huge increase in the postal entries I do. I used to do them, then stopped – I’ve started again and am getting around 50 out a week. So far it’s paying off although I haven’t had anything from ITV yet! 😛 x

  15. Yvonne Parry says:

    Positive thinking and good comping karma for me! I love getting my all my small wins or ‘runner up’ prizes in the post – I’ll win a ‘biggie’ one day!

  16. Fiona Johnson says:

    I’m going to make it as much fun as possible by enrolling my 3 kids for dressing up selfies so even if we don’t win anything we will have a great laugh!!

  17. Victoria Prince says:

    I’m going to improve my luck by making more effort to enter effort competitions and track down smaller competitions myself rather than just going to the places I know people post them!

  18. Clair Dutton says:

    learn how to do pinterest competitions

  19. Angela Macdonald says:

    I am going to try and enter more comps that require a bit of effort such as photo or caption competitions

  20. Christine Oprey says:

    I am going to enter more creative comps and more kids competitions so my little boy can participate with my comping too. He is luckier than me 🙂

  21. Lucy robinson says:

    I am going to start comp for the things I really want. Especially from my wish list.

  22. Lyndsey J says:

    I’m going to start focusing on what i really want to win, instead of trying to enter all comps for things that I might just be happy to win!

  23. Daphne says:

    I am going to try some of your tips on finding low entry competitions

  24. Lee Hardy says:

    I am going to try & enter more competitions which should increase my chances of winning.

  25. Kathryn Casbolt says:

    I am going to give more time to competitions that require ‘effort’.

  26. Andrew Portlock says:

    For me, I am treating comping as new subject that I would love to learn. At this stage I am not worried about the benefits such as a prize win its more about learning different ways of entering and skills needed to increase the chance of a win. If you don’t like the learning and the skills needed and are only interested in the prizes then its a bit like being in a rubbish job just because its has the potential to be well paid. You would soon get bored. So one step at a time, master and move on and watch your potential grow and your LUCK multiply.

  27. highrising51 says:

    I’m going to manage my time better, so I can do the things I enjoy (like comping) little and often rather than getting miserable, missing them and then splurging. I know this will generate more luck; huge believer in positivity!!

  28. Robyn Logan Clarke says:

    Learning how to put my resources to best use and best manage my time.

  29. Lynn Hughes says:

    I always do good things for other people so hopefully that creates a good positive feeling in them and myself. So then hopefully that positivity will transform into my own good luck.

  30. AMANDA ROBINSON says:

    I’ve got to admit I’m ONLY just trying to be positive & that’s only since reading your blogs. So thank you

  31. Laura Pritchard says:

    I consider myself so lucky, in every aspect of my life, & sometimes worry that I’ve been too lucky and it will all go downhill one day! I’ll continue to make myself lucky by having a ‘can win’ attitude and accepting I make my own luck.

  32. Juliette says:

    Sharing is caring and have a positive attitude I can do it

  33. janine atkin says:

    i always think positve! I love the little wins!

  34. Amaryllis Copperlily says:

    Don’t waste time on things I don’t really want.

    Gillian Holmes

  35. emmasfabulous says:

    I’m working on fine-tuning how I search for things I really want to win and all the different platforms I can find them on.

  36. Layla says:

    I’ve been reading your blog and following some of your tips and I think it’s working. I’ve started hunting out competitions and putting a bit more in to doing the comps that require effort.

  37. pinkcarrally says:

    I believe I am lucky, for all sorts of reasons…. but to improve my luck I’m going to enter a lot more competitions! 🙂 And this is the first one!!

  38. Megan Kinsey says:

    I’m trying to improve my luck by making a word document of all the competitions I’ve entered that have daily entries, so I can get as many entries as possible and not forget about any!

  39. Sophie Boatman says:

    Renew my competitors companion mag!

  40. Shirley Anne Adams says:

    fantastic i really need to read this book 🙂 i would love some more l

  41. Jojo says:

    Make a list of prizes I would like to win before christmas and visualise winning them when entering competitions

  42. champaklal lad says:

    enter more comps

  43. Marlene Stevens says:

    Would love this book, sending positive thoughts and hoping I win your generous giveaway x

  44. bossladysal says:

    I’m going to be even more positive than usual, enter more effort comps and just to add a little extra luck I’m going to rub my Budda’s tummy every time I walk past him! https://goo.gl/photos/3uxntUr99v8q2G3d7

  45. Trudee says:

    I’m racing your book & trying other sites rather than just Twitter & FB, I’ve started using Instagram & WAMO, your book is invaluable! I love it! Thank you Di for all you do for us compers! You’re a star! x

  46. Barbara Handley says:

    I am trying to follow as many of your tips as possible as I work through your book. I have started taking more interest in local competitions and items on supermarket shelves.

  47. priscillastubbs says:

    I have been comping for many years and have won some amazing prizes along the way. I never give up even in some very long dry spells. I enjoy every win even the small ones, particularly local prizes. Who would have thought I would ever try archery until I won an archery lesson in a Radio Wales competition. However, I can get a bit stuck in my comping habits so to improve my luck I will try photo comps, I am a hopeless photographer, constantly chop people’s heads off, but with an iPhone I am sure I can get some good photos. I am a half decent cook so will try and enter some recipe type comps and again use photos for cookery comps.

  48. L1 Evans says:

    Positivity breeds positivity.

  49. msgchristiansen says:

    I’ve always loved my comping. Been doing it for years. I’ve won a couple of ‘biggies’. That stopped the sceptic jeers.
    Enjoy this lovely hobby. Expect the smaller prize. Then one day, unexpected…… You won’t believe your eyes !!

  50. Andrea Tinks says:

    I try to be more positive and have deleted people (not only compers) from my facebook who bring me down. I am happy with all my wins and especially the smaller ones as these are what i win most. I no longer stress over hw many i neter and can go days without entering any xx

  51. Lisa James says:

    I’m still quite new to this. I’m going to get Di coke’s book and read it. Right now I feel like I have no luck. I must be doing something wrong. Thank you xx

  52. Hilary Brady says:

    Hello to any compers out there!!!!
    I am new to this and can anyone kindly suggest any sites or competitions that are worth entering for a beginner, that doesn’t ask for your families life history – ie gas electric, phone company ect. I am just looking for something easy to ease me into this hopeful hobby.
    Thanks to anyone who reads this and I look forward to hearing from you all!
    Hilary

  53. Victoria_CosmeticCravings says:

    I’ m going to be more positive about my comping and spend more time doing effort comps for things I really want.

  54. Kate says:

    Im putting more effort into creative comps and getting all the family involved.

  55. Monica Gilbert says:

    I’m going to be braver about entering effort comps and enjoy the process.

  56. Lauren B says:

    I’m going to focus on the effort comp more!

    http://laurenslittleblogs.blogspot.co.uk/

  57. Charlotte Moore says:

    It’s my first month comping. Still enjoying the fun or searching over winning.

  58. Sue Pigg says:

    more positive thinking – glass half full NOT half empty will get me there

  59. Christina Faerber says:

    I try to carry the feeling I get when I’ve won a prize with me when I comp

  60. Elizabeth V says:

    I have always been a pretty positive person and this carries over to my contesting. I consider it a hobby, not a chore. I love to share my wins with family and friends, and charitable groups. I do consider myself lucky 🙂

  61. Laura Bryant says:

    I visualise the experience or prize and where it will fit in our life/lives as a family!

  62. Alex Cuckson says:

    Focus on improving the quality of my creative entries.

  63. Margaret Hamilton says:

    Believe that anything is possible

  64. Tamalyn Roberts says:

    i am only entering for prizes i really want, hopefully some of that good karma will help me win my dream prize of a family holiday somewhere exotic

  65. chris2468 says:

    l am going to take the bull by the horns . . . . . . . and go for it!

  66. Peter McCormack says:

    Richard’s books are a great read, whatever the outcome.

  67. Kaye Willan says:

    Learn how to be creative and original on Pinterest. I think these are usually low entry competitions and it would be a thrill to win one !

  68. Christine Hall says:

    Have fun and enjoy yourself, keep your eyes peeled

  69. Neill Johnstone says:

    I’m going remember to actually enter the comps I want to enter by improving my to-do list paperwork instead of relying on my my plainly faulty memory

  70. Pam Whitham says:

    Be more positive and more focussed on competitions that I enter

  71. Louise says:

    Start perceiving wins that perhaps aren’t top of my list as gifts for friends and family.

  72. toadfinder says:

    Try to be more positive…thanks for the tips!

  73. Lucky Dan says:

    get some lucky charms and put positive thoughts out

  74. DiddyNB says:

    I am visualising a fantastic future with my list of goals! Thank you for the chance of winning!

  75. Ali Duke (AliBooey) says:

    I am going to make an effort to enter more comps that require a creative entry, I think I will get some fun out of doing these and hopefully a prize or two as well.

  76. Amy Jo McLellan says:

    My Mum has always said “Make your own luck” to me so I guess that must have rubbed off in my comping! To improve my own luck with comping, I actively search out low-entry and local competitions as well as things on my wish list.

  77. Zeleena Webb says:

    Be more creative,and enter prizes i would like!

  78. Cherry Newby says:

    I have often thought about entering all sorts of competitions; be it a cake baking competition, online raffle or a photo comp but have always shied away thinking I couldn’t possibly win. Since beginning looking into comping, I have made a mental thought change and realised that a positive mental attitude is the key to winning. Oh that and actually entering some competitions of course!!

  79. Sarah prescott says:

    I have bought your book which has opened my eyes to the endless opportunities to enter competitions. I have entered competitions for many years but to not a lot of success but so far this month I have won 2 things. I do believe in positivity breeds positivity and nothing ventured nothing gained.

  80. Suzanne Drummond says:

    im going to be more positive . focus on the things i want to win. look for low entry competitions and only enter the prizes i would like to win for myself or my family x

  81. David Coote says:

    I started by buying and reading your book. Now I am better organised and more focused on the comps for prizes I want to win for me and the family.

  82. Tracy Hopkinson says:

    I’m going to focus my wish list to things I could really use. That way my positivity can be more focused and I should be paying attention to the right comps for me

  83. Lyndsey Jones says:

    I’m going to start being being more targeted in what I want to win. Summits I enter just for the sake of it (after seeing on sites like Loquax) but I think its time to put more effort in and try to win what I really want and need!

  84. Margaret Surrey says:

    Going to spend time on comps I want to win

  85. Sarah Robinson says:

    I am going to spend more time looking and entering more prizes i really want to win! Feeling more positive and excited already!

  86. Rachel Hill says:

    I will start using the Google search facilities to streamline my searches and find the stuff I want to win [like a holiday to Amalfi …]!

  87. Sharon Darocha says:

    I need all the help I can get, only won one comp to a pet show lol

  88. Sarah Cooper says:

    I’m going to search Google for the prizes I really want to win.

  89. Sue M Power says:

    Only enter when i want the prizes, leave the other comps to compers who want stuff i won’t use!

  90. Claire Davies says:

    Concentrate more on creative competitions as although they require more work are also more fun!

  91. JPT says:

    Spend more time on creative companions, using my artistic and creative skills.

  92. champaklal lad says:

    enter more comps

  93. Natalie Ellis says:

    I have recently discovered Selfie Competitions and entered my first selfie comp to win an ice cream maker. Keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be one of the four lucky winners. 🙂

  94. chelsey wood says:

    I’m going to change it up a bit as i always type the same comments and usually focus on facebook only comps and don’t seem to be winning much so i think i’ll try instagram and twitter and maybe searching for things from my prize list on google

  95. Yvonne Graham says:

    Persevere and don’t give up! After spending about 20 hours this week trying to solve a puzzle in Compers News and eventually getting there with some help from a few people, I think you have to patience and luck will come your way.

  96. Anne says:

    Reading “The Luck Factor” all the way through leads to “The WOW Factor” the post brings to you!

  97. Kirstie Kenton says:

    i’m going to put effect in on the creative comps.

  98. Tracy G says:

    I’m going to be more relaxed.

  99. geoffwd says:

    I’m going to stop being so hung up about winning. I should take more time just enjoying what I do, that way I’m a winner whether a prize arrives or not.

  100. haxell says:

    I’m going to think positive thoughts before each comping session – and be more on the lookout in the supermarket, and locally, for competitions. Hazel Rea – @beachrambler

  101. Sara Davis says:

    I’m going to enter more creative competitions! I mostly enter random prize draws because I think I don’t stand a chance with creatives, theres always going to be someone with a better video/photo/caption, but I’m going to try be more optimistic and give it a go!

  102. Theresa Louise Cooke says:

    I am going to try and do something different everyday. One small step, listen to a different radio show, but a different magazine, try a different town for shopping and have a look, use a different coffee shop. I am going to start each thinking this is a super lucky day.

  103. Ellie Jones says:

    I’m going to stop being negative not just about competitions but in general life. You are right with what you say when I was more positive I won more either a coincidence, or maybe just because I was more positive I entered more of a range of comps instead of thinking ‘what’s the point I won’t win’. Thanks for your great post Di 🙂

  104. Faridah Brooker says:

    I’m going to be more choosy and search out specific prizes to win.

  105. Tina S Pardee-Bostick says:

    I’m going to enter more sweepstakes and less reading!! Lol. I get so tied up in all those wonderful blogs that hours have passed by and I haven’t entered much during the day! Like this blog I can spend hours reading all the articles and watching videos ..thanks for all your hard work!!

  106. linda says:

    I am going to make an effort to focus on what I really would like to win, and visualise myself with it. I will even make a little book with photos of everything I want to win!

  107. Michelle Stokes says:

    I’m going to stop being so negative all the time – I enter and then say ‘I suppose I won’t win’ I’m also going to enter on different sites I always head straight for Facebook – time for a change!

  108. Richard Stone says:

    I am going to start switching up my comping routine and focus more on the things I truly want rather than entering everything.

  109. Tara Davies says:

    I’ve changed my routine, I’ve joined a few different comping sites and started entering some postal comps (which I never usually do!) I’m quite relaxed about it all too and never get stressed out. Sometimes I have a break if I’m getting a bit bored of it all then I come back with avengance 🙂

  110. v miller says:

    am visualising more – so I focus on the things I really want, like tickets to the enchanted forest that I just won – I told my bf I was going to win them for him and truly believed it – so they promptly arrived in the post a week later – the power of attraction and goodness really works <3

  111. priscillastubbs says:

    I am a person who likes a routine and this carries over into my comping activity. However, I have decided to vary things a bit, try new types of competitions, videos are something I have not tried. Hopefully this will bring me luck

  112. Chantelle Binge says:

    Try more creative competitions 🙂

  113. Rich Hill says:

    I’m going to vary the type of competitions I enter and also try my hand at comp’s when you have to submit a photo.

  114. Patricia Starkey says:

    I will think positively, be positive, and I WILL win that trip to NY!

    • Tina S Pardee-Bostick says:

      I live in NY. Stop by and say hello when you get here !! Lol.

      • Patricia Starkey says:

        Ooh I will, Tina. My counterpart in NY (when I was working for Colgate-Palmolive) and I have always kept in touch and I would love to meet her and her family face to face. WHEN I win I will contact you and another lady who also wants to meet me there. At this rate we’ll have to start a US/UK Club!

        • Tina S Pardee-Bostick says:

          That sounds wonderful Patricia!! Email me anytime.. 2971445@gmail.com I would love to have sweepstaking friends the UK!!! sorry compers! I love this blog from Di Coke and cant get enough of it!

          • Patricia Starkey says:

            I’ll let you know as soon as I win it! How’s that for positivity!!!

  115. Leila Benhamida says:

    I will persevere and won’t let people get me down. I believe in the law of attraction be in a positive environment is very important and spread the love.

  116. Lynda@mypuffin.co.uk says:

    I’m going to get some lucky dust from my 11 year old as she has won 5 prizes in the last month, including a telescope worth £500. Then I’m going to try doing some post card comps (like the good old days!) for a change. Every day I’m going to look in the mirror and say “I’m going to be lucky TODAY” with a smile on my face!!

  117. Michelle Holst says:

    Share with network what I want to win 😀

  118. Melissa. says:

    I’m going to start entering different kinds of contests and competitions, trying things I don’t normally do.

  119. maci234 says:

    keep on trying

  120. Ruth Harwood says:

    I’m going to enter more ‘skilled’ competitions x

  121. Kate Jones says:

    I am going to be reading this book on in Malta next month.

  122. Jacqueline Lyon says:

    I think the best way forward for me is to concentrate more on what I want to win and put in more effort. I suppose I have been quite lazy recently by clicking or texting. People have noted that I have not been asking for many mad things lately which means I have been quiet in the comping aspect of my life.

  123. I have a lucky cat I bought from Chinatown in Soho and have it sat facing my lucky direction (which I worked out using my birth date with an online calculator!!) …I’m not sure whenever it’s actually helped but no harm in trying huh!? 🙂

  124. Jo Heath says:

    I appreciate all little wins anyway as they are always useful and something I haven’t bought, so I will continue to appreciate them and I am going to have more confidence in the creative competitions and visualise winning them a lot more 😀

  125. Kerry H says:

    I’m going to stay persistent and appreciate all of the little things along the way. Also to strive for progress and not perfection.

  126. Karen Carvajal says:

    What I’m going to do to improve my luck is emit a positive attitude to not only prove to myself, but those around me that the world is a land full of opportunity and potential just waiting for us to grab. Your state of being within, is projected without.
    Competing is fun! Contests and sweepstakes are fun! You won’t win unless you enter 😉

  127. Claire Woods says:

    I’m going to learn how to use instagram

  128. ashleigh allan says:

    enter more ones that require skill

  129. Anna Davison says:

    I’m going to picture myself getting a winning phone call – PMA = positive mental attitude!!!

  130. Louise says:

    I am going to become a much more organised comper, I have written a plan of action (I love lists!) as to how to organise my iPad and I will be tidying up all the bookmarks etc which I have allowed to get out of hand.

  131. Shelagh Storer says:

    Enjoy the participation & anticipation & enjoy passing the opportunity to win to my comping buddies.

  132. Catherine Eatwell says:

    Hi Di I’m going to gather up every free mag i can find and try something new perhaps postcard comps are worth a try

  133. Helen Hodgson says:

    I’m concentrating on my ‘wish list’ and using positive thoughts

  134. Suzanne Drummond says:

    share everything so we all can enter

  135. Malcolm Butterworth says:

    Treat entering competitions like my job, looking for cash prizes first, knowing deep down its only a matter of time before I do win.

  136. Vanessa Smith says:

    Spread myself and my luck to all my friends and family…

  137. Claire Ann Stewart says:

    Maybe focus more on ones which need some skill and have bigger rewards

  138. LaLa Robinson says:

    I am definitely trying to relax more, I sometimes find myself becoming stressed when I don’t enter ‘enough’ and then it becomes less enjoyable, more of a chore and I seem to win less when I am stressing!

  139. Tom J Morrison says:

    Master the art of searching for low entry competitions that I want to win

  140. Maya Russell says:

    I’m going to be happy and relaxed about my entries. I might try harder at caption comps or send in a photo comps.

  141. Tania Atfield says:

    I’m going to learn how to use Pinterest properly for entering competitions, instead of avoiding it.

  142. Emily C says:

    I’m going to concentrate on my wish list prizes of things that I really wnat and not get so distracted but the things I would just like! 🙂

  143. shirlz51 says:

    I am going to think positive thoughts

  144. Sheila Hodgson says:

    I’m going to concentrate on entering competitions requiring more skill especially Pinterest comps

  145. Tracy K Nixon says:

    I am going to think positive and rub my little lucky Budda cat each morning!

  146. Hayley Atkins says:

    I am treating your Superlucky Secrets as my comping bible and I am ‘taking control’ of my comping by concentrating on creative/effort comps!

  147. Fibro Lou says:

    I’m going to continue being positive and listening to my gut feeling xx

  148. Meera says:

    I’m going to try to have a more positive outlook on everything rather than be so pessimistic! I’m going to visualise everything I want and then concentrate and send positive energy that way!

  149. Naina Clayton says:

    I’m going to make a pinterest board of all the prizes I would love to win in the next year and keep looking, and asking the universe to help me win them.

  150. Bridget Daley says:

    I am just going to be Positive and imaging I am going to win that car ,that cruise and whatever I enter

  151. Jane Irene Berrow says:

    I am setting lucky goals and then visualising how much pleasure competitions can give me.

  152. Alice Megan says:

    I’m going to make a proper winning wishlist and focus on the prizes

  153. rebecca beesley says:

    I’m going to follow the advice about intuition in your blogpost: “If your intuition tells you not to enter a competition, don’t do it! ” So many times i’ve rushed to get an entry in without leaving enough time to do a good job of it or haven’t had a big creative idea for it and entered with an idea that I didn’t feel happy with so in future, I’m going to listen to my intuition more and try to enter only those that I really feel more confident about. x

  154. Alix Smith says:

    I’m going to enter more fun creative comps & visualise winning prizes from my wishlist. Thanks for the comp Di – this book looks fab!

  155. Victoria_CosmeticCravings says:

    This book sounds really interesting. I’m a firm believer that you make your own luck and that if you are positive and help others, karma will eventually reward you.

  156. Christina Faerber says:

    I’ve comped for over 30 years now with very mediocre results. I’m going to stop spending my days reading what others have won (Facebook twitter) and make a list of things I would like, my family would like and anything that I could win for charity. Then I’m going to allocate 2 hours a day to finding comps to fulfil the brief. I would like to win more for charity, either for their use or as raffle prizes. Things like hay for the local animal sanctuary.

  157. Rachel Bustin says:

    I always think of my self as a lucky comper, with working full time I feel I enter as much as I can with the time that I have. So I make sure that each precious comping half hour that I have I use it wisely. For example at the moment my focus is on mother and baby competitions as I am due my first baby in January! I rarely enter holiday competitions as I no that I could never get the time off work and travelling is not my thing. My biggest comping weekness is entering lots and lots of book competitions! My husband gets a bit mad with me at times as I have so many books that my dining room has been turned into a library! xx

  158. Angela Farrey says:

    Positive thinking and choosing only want I want to win and ditching the doom and gloom peeps amongst my friends happy days,thanks for the chance x

  159. loretta says:

    I’m going to make a wishlist &be more selective which comps I enter.I agree with you about attitudes be happy &it will show through.thanks for all the tips

  160. Tony Johnson says:

    Some people say its luck, some say its talent. I think its probably a bit of both and maybe some karma thrown in there too.
    I have been very lucky with competitions, but does that make me lucky? I don’t think so because if i was lucky I would at least win something on the lottery. In 10 years, I have never won anything on the lottery. not a penny. I just don’t seem to find luck outside of thinking up creative stuff. when I’m at a fair, I’m not lucky and win nothing, I do seem to find spiders on me now and then which i believe are very lucky. I think we all like winning something because opening the prize up is like christmas and who doesn’t like that !

  161. Chrissie says:

    It’s funny people are always telling me how lucky I am and I suppose I take it for granted in some ways, although you do make your own luck in all walks of life. I’ve had a summer of sitting around a lot due to an injury and I am now lucky enugh to be up and “running”, a lot of people aren’t so lucky in that respect. During that time I started comping again after many years and started entering everything and anything, it was becoming quite an addiction and I have won a few small prizes which is always exciting no matter how small. I soon realised, however, that your advice is sound – more time and effort spent on the things I really want to win and maybe those few small prizes could have been a whole lot different. The Thesaurus and rhyming distionaries are out of the cupboard so watch this space!!

  162. Sue Southwick says:

    To improve my luck. I am going to update my skills with technology. This will help me create more luck. Also lots of luck to everyone who wants to win the comps I do not. Like holiday comps. Technology here I come!!

  163. Andrea Goodheart says:

    I consider myself a lucky person but I’m not super lucky (no pun intended!) so I really need to get my head around searching for prizes I really want to win & intend doing that from now on! I’ll let you know how I get on! 😉

  164. Corinne Peat says:

    I totally agree with the point you have highlighted above. I see myself as a “lucky person”, (after being an extremely unlucky teen lol) not just at competitions but in life. Have not had best of luck lately, I’ve been a bit miserable and also had a dry spell with comps. This post has reminded me to think positively and start creating my own luck again! Will be doing that from now on!

  165. Gwyn says:

    I’m very happy with my luck as it is! I already have a VERY positive outlook on life, and seem to have a naturally happy personality – I tend to focus on the positive and see the best in a situation. I’ve always been very lucky with the wins too, having just come back from a money-can’t- buy holiday in France (google Puy du Fou…!)
    I see lots of people moaning about not winning… but I’m one of those people that sees it like there must be a big win just around the corner… and there usually is!
    I think it’s about confidence too… give something a go that you normally wouldn’t – e.g. photo comps or caption comps. I did, and won a lovely set of patio chairs in a caption comp, and won a year’s subscription to a magazine with a photo comp.

  166. chumbelina says:

    everyone needs to know there is always tomorrow to look forward to, no matter when or what the next win will bring!! I am looking forward to moving very soon I hope, and once am settled for good, the situation can only be “Superlucky” for me, to coin a suitable phrase!

  167. Patricia Starkey says:

    I’m going to be more positive – tell myself I have as much chance of winning as the next person and I WILL BE lucky as I enter as many comps as I can find.

  168. Melissa Lee says:

    I’m going to have a much better attitude when entering competitions – this time I will expect to win and will see what happens!

  169. Hazel Newlands says:

    I bought your fantastic book. Inspirational even for someone who has been comping on and off for over twenty years xxx

  170. Linda says:

    Just started on wamo and going to get on instagram and pinterest . I am going to win big before the end of the year x

  171. Carla J Collins says:

    I’m going to google google google fb fb fb tweet tweet tweet insta and pin till I can pin no more and make a list and go for it:) and keep up with the P.M.A Positive Mental Attitude 😉

  172. Angela Turton says:

    I’m going to keep my eye out for low entry competitions to improve my chances and keep on comping as and when I feel like it rather than a rigid schedule – my next purchase is going to be a copy of Super Lucky Secrets which should give a better chance too 🙂 xx

  173. Debbie Santowski Mac says:

    I need to be more organised; and not beat myself up if I am doing something other than comping! I tend to be a bit OTT at times! Also, starting to look more at creative comps and have enjoyed the ones I have tackled recently.

  174. kim neville says:

    I have a wish list and gradually winning and ticking off my list. I am trying more photo entry competitions 🙂

  175. Rosemary Rowe says:

    I’ve lost my comping mojo over the summer, but I kind of put that down to the fact that the prizes I want to win are more seasonal, so they could be just around the corner… I’m also a great believer in Karma and the The Universe, so I know that when I really need something, or the timing is right, I’ll be granted that particular wish! I feel I have had some lovely wins this past year and I know that when I have more time to devote to looking for specific comps that I want to win, my luck will improve! It’s a fabulous hobby and I love all my wins – big and small – they’re a bonus!! The one I had the most fun with this summer was winning a box of coconut and macadamia protein balls with Heather Playdon, one of my comping buddies – it made all my workmates laugh, but we both enjoyed them immensely! In the meantime, I’m still smiling and looking forward to my next win!
    Thank you for always being a voice of reason, common sense and a comping inspiration!

  176. Samantha McDonough says:

    I’m a positive person anyway but I think a wish list is a great idea.

  177. Helen Humphries says:

    I totally agree about the focus on stuff you want to win. I have pile of very expensive make up I can’t use because of the negative comping spirit. Even if it’s easy to enter, “Do I need/want it, would a friend/ family member like it?” I don’t know if my big win is round the corner but there’s a lot more chance it is if I’m entering in the first place!

  178. sonya ritchie says:

    positivity is key deffo love your positive attitude di you are so inspirational I have been comping for 10 years and over the years I have won many amazing prizes both big and small, I love our wee hobby and I love to encourage others to do competitions too I truly believe my next win is just around the corner as I write this ive just packed up my bags in our hotel room in westport having enjoyed a weekend stay courtesy of comping… keep up the good work and carry on comping our next wee adventure is just on the horizon….xx

  179. Ldy Angela Thomson says:

    Focus on Competitions that I want to win 100%!! For example I focused on wishing to win tickets for The Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo. Bob’s your uncle I won a pair of tickets 🙂

  180. amy p says:

    Loved reading your review I have been comping for a few weeks and haven’t won anything yet but I realise I am new its going to take time and im sure some of the competitions I have entered the closing dates haven’t passed yet. Im still being positive but I am going to create a prize wish list

  181. Dawn Canning says:

    Great review, thanks Di. What I have started doing (and will continue doing) is giving something back-making donations to charity, giving prizes to neighbours etc. I’ve always been a ‘glass half full’ kind of person and you only have to watch the news to see how lucky & privileged we all are. I count my blessings daily. I’ve had a ‘lucky’ spell recently, maybe it’s down to my actions and thoughts…who knows?

  182. Anne Johnston says:

    This book sounds fab and I totally agree with making your own luck. I’d far rather be full of positive energy than negative. I’m helping some friends with their new found interest in comping. If I give out fairy dust it will come back to me!

  183. Kate Davis says:

    Thank you Di for the detailed review. I’ve had a copy of this book for a few years and not read it, but I’m going to move it up to my to be read pile now (BTW I’m not entering the competition as I don’t need another copy, but wanted to say thank you).

    • I actually bought it as a gift for a friend, then borrowed it off her to read a few years back! I’ve spent so much time writing, I’ve not had time to read at all lately – it was great to properly sit down and get stuck into it! I’ve got a few others I’d like to read to – have you read ‘The One Thing’?

      • Kate Davis says:

        I’ve recently started reading more again after a long break, all non fiction. I’m currently reading the Life changing magic of tidying up, and next up is The Happiness Project. I haven’t heard of The One Thing I’ll add it to my list.

  184. Marsha Richardson says:

    I’ve decided that I need to enter more creative competitions! I considered myself totally uncreative until I actually won a top prize by just submitting a photo and a few words. Astounding! Now to go and find them!!

  185. Diane O'Connell says:

    I am an optimist and always have been, things always happen for a reason. I rarely enter big competitions, I am happy to just win smaller things. However, to improve my luck I’m going to create a stock of photos for all occasions, ready to enter!

  186. Rebecca Cleary says:

    I am going to be even more selective over the comps that I enter and really focus on the prizes that I want to win. When I started comping years ago I really sis enter anything and everything but now I bypass the ones that are no good to me, I have a prize wishlist but feel that I am just adding to it and not ticking anything off it – now that I have 9 months of Maternity Leave ahead of me I am really going to concentrate on winning that list 🙂 Wish Me LUCK………

  187. melanie slater says:

    I’m going to try and take time out just to relax, no point in being stressed and creating more negative energy!! xx

    • I’m so much more relaxed about my comping now – the end of the month comps come and go without me even sighing now – I always know there will be more prizes and comps to come!

  188. natchloe says:

    I have always been a positive person and often told so.. With uni commitments I don’t stress about entering everything and when I feel I need a break there is nothing better than relaxing with a coffee and my laptop and enter away.

  189. Elysia Benn says:

    I love to keep a positive outlook with all aspects of life and am definitely going to try apply this more to comping too. You’re right though, people who are complaining and moaning about having no wins for a while, clearly aren’t enjoying their hobby. I enjoy looking at what I could have won. Positivity is the key to success!

  190. Jacqui S says:

    Going to develop a prize wish list, haven’t so far but it seems like the way forward!

    • I’m thinking I’ll do a blog post about this Jacqui – it will encourage me to think of some things to add to mine, and it’s a great time to start the Xmas planning!

  191. Sue Bates says:

    I’m going to make a wish list, and be more creative with photo entries.

  192. Jessica Powell says:

    I’m going to have more fun with comping, who cares if a photo comp wants a silly face or something? Life’s too short to worry about what people on my Flist will think! 🙂

  193. sarah gray says:

    I shall continue as I am. I may not be superlucky, but I sure have had my share of good luck!! Long may it continue, dry spell is persisting, but have you heard any complaints? nope!! 🙂

  194. anii y says:

    I will be even more positive and think that I “will”win the prize, as I’m entering new competitions!

  195. Christine Hall says:

    I would like to get more creative and keep focused on my wish lists

  196. Kathryn Hipkin says:

    I’ll try some more twitter comps with photos – not very good at those photos yet but I’ll keep trying

    • Practice makes perfect Kathryn – have fun with it and try to find a perfect location in your home/garden where you always get good light or a nice backdrop!

  197. Ann Smith says:

    Think positive thoughts and try more creative comps

  198. Lidiya Joseph says:

    I am going to make a wish list and work towards winning it .

  199. Debbie Burfoot says:

    I am going to make a win board with the things i really want to win then visualise me winning them. I can focus on finding those competitions and believing i will win them:)

  200. Rachel Griffiths says:

    I’m going to enter more creative competitions. My new can-do attitude is going to make sure I stay motivated and spend the time entering them!

  201. Georgina Jacobs says:

    I’m going to make an effort to be a little bit crazier and creative with my entries. It’s not my strong point so I’m going to work on that and hopefully it will be a lot more fun than just filling in forms, liking, and rt! & read SuperLucky Secrets! thanks

  202. Val Pownall says:

    I’m going to start every day afresh, with my PMA – Positive Mental Attitude.

  203. Jo yule says:

    I have set myself a small goal each month if I can achieve to win 1 prize a week then I feel that makes me lucky and if its more then I have been very lucky and if not then that’s how it is and looking for my wish list things are not just mine but many others as well. In my learning through different blog and groups I have made a few mistakes but I feel that i’m can still help two of my relatives aboard on the right way and not to make the same mistakes that I have and share some lucky dust across the seas. I’m very appreciative of the big or small winnings that I have won to date. They are all things, gifts , vouchers and goodies which I didn’t have before and they have are all brilliant.

  204. Paul Brown says:

    I’ve made a wish list which includes a new car and any family days out to places that we’ve never been before. 🙂

    I’ve bookmarked some comping pages and have started using the google searching tips that you posted a while ago.

    Fingers crossed! 🙂

  205. Lance Bellers says:

    Stay positive, relax and enjoy the fun hobby

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