Have you become dependent on superstitions?Do you run to the other side of the street when you see a cat?Do you cringe when you step on a crack, or think that your day will be ruined because of it?Have you ever cracked a mirror and thought your life was going to be terrible for the next seven years?It’s time to learn that you have the power to make your own luck if this sounds like you.
Step 1: You can learn about the origins of superstitions.
You can overcome your superstitions by learning where they come from.Did you know that the belief that it is bad luck to walk under a ladder came from the idea that work tools are likely to fall?While they may be fun to believe in, they have no basis in reality.In 18th century London, umbrellas with metal spokes became popular, and opening them indoors became a hazard.It was known that opening an umbrella indoors was considered bad luck and this was done to keep people safe.The ancient Sumerians believed that spilling salt was bad luck.Salt was a prized commodity back then and spilling it has no power to influence your luck.Black cats were thought to be good luck in some cultures.In the 17th century, King Charles kept a black cat as a pet because he thought it was good luck.Some people think cats are bad luck because they were associated with witches during the Middle Ages and the Pilgrims.
Step 2: There is no proof that these superstitions affect your life.
There is no real reason for the number 13 to be unlucky.Black cats should be more unlucky than other cats.Good fortune can come down upon your head if you find a four-leaf clover.If a rabbit’s foot is really lucky, wouldn’t the original owner still own it?If you want to beat your obsession with superstitions, you have to use critical thinking.There are superstitions in old traditions.They continue to be enacted, but they don’t really serve a purpose.
Step 3: Consider which superstitions have an effect on you.
Are you constantly looking at the ground to avoid bumping into people on the street?Is it possible to avoid crossing the path of a black cat by taking winding detours?The superstitions that cause trouble for you on a regular basis are the ones you should focus on first.You might have spent ten minutes walking to work because you think you are on the right path.You’re late for a dinner date because you run back home and don’t have time to put on your earrings.If you really think about it, you may discover that your superstitions are actually causing you harm.Do you think the anxiety you associate with following different superstitions is bringing you any good energy?
Step 4: It’s a good idea to avoid superstition when making decisions.
When making decisions, rely on common sense and a sound pattern of reasoning as opposed to weird feelings and supernatural signs.If your friend asks you to meet her at a certain place, take the path that makes the most sense instead of the lucky one.Reason governs your choices, not superstition.Start small.If you spill some salt, don’t throw it over your shoulder.It is possible to avoid superstitions such as petting a black cat or walking under a ladder.
Step 5: You have the power to make your own luck.
You can control how you react to things in your life, even though you can’t control everything.Being lucky or unlucky isn’t as important as this.You can’t control bad luck from time to time, but you can try to face them with a positive attitude and make a plan to improve your circumstances.It’s easier to believe in superstitions because they make it harder for you to control your life.You will be scared or hesitant to move forward if you accept that you can make yourself succeed or fail.
Step 6: The best will be better than the worst.
If you want to get into the mindset that superstition is irrelevant, you should expect the best things to happen for you instead of imagining the worst.If you think that everything is going to go wrong for you, you will be more likely to have a conflict.It is more likely that you will have a great day if you think so, and you won’t need to follow any superstitions to get there.Many people believe in superstitions because they think their lives are filled with bad luck everywhere they go, and that they need to follow certain rituals, like not whistling indoors, to ward it off.You wouldn’t need superstitions to give your life meaning if you believed in goodness and love.
Step 7: These superstitions have no basis in reality.
Leave your rabbit’s foot at home and see how it goes.Step on a few cracks.Go by the patch.You can incorporate the number 13 into your day by spending 13 dollars at the store, sending 13 emails to your friends, and editing 13 wikiHow articles.Try to prove just one superstition wrong at a time and see how far you can go.If you really want to break your superstitions, you can even adopt a black cat.The most euthanized cats in the pound are the lovable ones.If you own a black kitty, you will see that he brings you good luck and that superstitions have no basis.
Step 8: If you want to go cold turkey, wean yourself off of your superstitions.
It depends on what works best for you.It may be difficult for you to decide if you will break your superstitions in one day.If you want to ease the pain, you can drop your superstitions one by one.You can leave your lucky rabbit’s foot at home for a week, and then you can go up to the 13th floor of a building.It’s possible to keep dropping the most challenging superstitions.It may take months to completely stop following these traditions, but you will be able to make it work.It will take your mind a while to catch up with you.It is possible to drop the superstitions but still believe in their power.Give your mind a break.
Step 9: Don’t be negative.
If you want to stop being superstitious, you need to have a positive energy throughout the day.If you have a smile on your face and have hope for the future, you won’t be looking for rituals or superstitions to make your day go smoothly.You have the power to make good things happen, instead of being a victim to rituals and actions with no foundations.Instead of complaining, talk about the things you are excited about.At the end of each day, write down 5 good things that happened to you.Positive thinking will feel superfluous if you don’t make a habit of it.
Step 10: Don’t act on a superstition.
You may be watching your favorite sports team and want to cross your fingers, take three sips of your beer, or do whatever you can to help them win.Throw that thought away and think about something else.Take note of how little effect it had on the situation after you have ignored the urge.You can confirm that you should ignore it by talking to the person next to you.If you have to, just think of up to a hundred.As you wait for the urge to pass, focus on something else.
Step 11: You should know that a superstition only works if you believe in its power and charm.
A study proved that certain athletes, such as Ray Allen, who are incredibly superstitious about their pre-game rituals do actually perform better when they stick to their superstitions.They may think they are going to play a great game because they shot 37 free throws from the same place in a row, or they may be wearing lucky socks, but the belief that these things give them power is what makes them do well, not the actions themselves.Your test performance won’t be affected by your lucky rabbit’s foot.It will allow you to perform well on your test and put you into a positive mindset.Without the help of superstitions, your mind has the power to generate positive feelings.Belief in a superstition can bring you bad luck.If you pass a black cat, you are almost guaranteeing that you will have a bad day at school.
Step 12: There are people who are not superstitious.
It can be helpful to hang out with people who don’t have superstitions.People don’t have to wear a lucky jersey for their team to win, so watch sports with them.Someone lives on the 13th floor of the building.Walk with someone who doesn’t notice the cracks in the sidewalk.It can be possible for you, too, if you get used to the idea that other people don’t care about superstitions at all.It is possible to pick their brains about how they are able to go about their daily lives.You may be able to stop your own superstitions.
Step 13: Make sure you know cultural superstitions are only symbolic.
Some cultures have rituals that make daily life possible.In Russian culture, people believe that stepping over a person who is lying down will keep him from growing, and that hugging in a doorway will cause people to fight.While you may not be able to break these habits, you should make sure you know that you are doing them because of a cultural habit.They have no power at the same time, but you can still do them.If you are trying to break your superstitions by participating in these rituals with other people in your culture, talk to them about it.They should understand that they may be hurt or try to discourage you.
Step 14: If you have superstitious beliefs, seek help.
If you have a few rituals that you can’t break, it’s one thing.If you feel like your life is governed by a series of rituals and that you can’t go about your daily life without following a very specific routine and panic if you have to do something unexpected, then you may suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder.If this is the case, you may not be able to stop being superstitious on your own, and your best bet is to see a doctor to discuss the next steps in anxiety management.Don’t be afraid to admit that you have a real problem and that rituals have taken over your life.The sooner you get help, the better.