If you’re reading this, then you probably didn’t win the billion dollar lottery either. Such a bummer, I know. The plans you had for that money. The good you were going to do. The family you were going to help. The business you were going to start. The investments you would make. The donation to your favorite charitable organization was going to get.
Too bad though. We didn’t win.
Did you know that over 2 billion was spent on lottery tickets between Saturday and Wednesday’s drawing. Yes, you saw that right, 2 billion! This number floored me. I did participate in the voluntary tax game, I mean lottery drawing. So I was right there in that billions of dollars being spent. And by the way, spent on what? I’m not going to go into all the numbers of where that money goes, cause that’s not the point of this post (and I really don’t know).
What I do want to talk about is all the good that we were going to do!
My husband and I don’t usually play those games, but we got swept up, as many did, in the thought of “what if”.
We started dreaming and planning and dreaming some more. We had great ideas. Rekindled old passions and dreams and thought of new ones. We finally realized how we would pay for the kid’s college tuitions and take care of our aging folks.
We came up with new blog ideas, businesses to create, a coffee shop we always wanted and so much more.
We would be able to get out of debt! What a relief that would be.
If God would just grant it, right! He knows we’re deserving, we would do good with it. I know, so many other lottery winner’s lives were ruined by their winnings, but we’re different!
I think God knew exactly what He was doing by not letting us win in something like that. As a matter of fact, I learned a few lessons along the way.
1. Start Dreaming
Don’t wait for some billion dollar lottery to come along to start dreaming and creating the future you have always wanted. We should be dreaming all the time. Thinking and planning out the future that we want. We don’t need hundreds of thousands, millions or billions of dollars to make our dreams come true.
2. Set priorities.
Thinking about the future and starting to plan all that we would do, made me realize that I need to set my priorities in line with what we want our future to look like. I need to stop just wondering around life waiting for life to happen. It’s time to “life” on purpose.
3. Go for my dreams.
Sure I may not have the financial means, right this moment, to attain all my dreams. But who said making our dreams was ever going to be easy. Having billions laid out in front of you sure makes everything easier, maybe too easy. So easy that if that dream doesn’t work out right when we want to, it’s not a problem, we still have millions upon millions to fall back on. Great dreams take great work and great sacrifice. But it’s worth it!
4. Helping Family
I wish I would have planned for aging family when I was younger, but quiet honestly I was probably too selfish to think much past my own problems and immediate family. But, it’s not too late. I know it won’t be easy, but if taking care of your family is the right thing to do, and I believe it is, then figure it out, make it happen.
5. Giving to Charity
We don’t have to give millions to feel good about giving to charity. If you only have a spare dollar, believe me, there is someone that is in need of it. Many small things equals something huge and great. Just looking what tons of people did together playing the lottery, they gave 2.3 billions of their dollars to a game, can you imagine what could’ve been done with all that?
Bottom line, I know some are truly disappointed they didn’t win. Please don’t be.
Keep talking about all those things you would do if you won.
Keep dreaming and creating a purposeful vision for your life, your family, for others.
It’s amazing what happens when you go after your dreams.
You won’t regret it.
My favorite books about dreaming and planning for a great future!
- The Magic of Thinking Big
- Think and Grow Rich
- The Choice
- How To Stop Worrying and Start Living
- The Purpose Drive Life
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