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3 Valuable Ideas for Winning the Lottery of Life

Wonderful concept…the lottery. It offers millions of people the hope that wealth and financial security are just one ticket purchase away. Oh…really?

One short little drive to the local store where the tickets are sold and BINGO…the weight of the world is lifted and vast wealth is realized. The lottery…an amazing opportunity to solve all problems for so many.

But, wait! So many?

In one state the odds of winning the biggest jackpot is 1 in 15,890,700. On the other hand, the odds of getting struck by lightning are about 1 in 2,000,000.

A pregnant woman has a 1 in 705,000 chance of giving birth to quadruplets.

Someone eating an oyster has a 1 in 12,000 chance of finding a pearl in it.

In short, NOT so many have a chance at winning at the wonderful concept of a lottery!

That includes you! 

But—I have three ideas to help you avoid such a calamity in your life.

First Idea of three for winning the lottery of life.

When it comes to living your life to the fullest (winning the “lottery” of life) it’s by the numbers every day with vision, commitment, character and the joy of having the chance to deal with life’s randomness.

The only thing you can truly bet on and that gives you some chance at winning the game of your life is consistent, disciplined effort driven by the belief there will be a positive outcome.

Now, that’s a ticket worth buying!

Second Idea—Background Knowledge

Writing the story of your future can be significantly enhanced through the story of your past.

Now, there’s a thought…and one that is incredibly strengthened through acknowledging the truth in the following quote.  I don’t know who said it first but it carries a powerful philosophical message.

“The past is valuable as a guidepost but dangerous if used as a hitching post.”

So what am I saying? It’s as simple as this.

If you want to write the best story of your future do deep research of your past, through taking the time to write your life’s story up to this point.

The background knowledge you will gain through threads of consistency you will find by paying the price of writing your story will give you the foundation on which to build the story of your future.

The idea is not to dwell on your past but to record it as a point of reference.

I encourage you not to be overwhelmed with the idea of writing your life’s story.

Here’s a process that can put it into bite-sized pieces that might help you in getting started.

AND, getting started is the key! But, finishing the story is the true reward.

  • Write down the single most compelling event/story that has occurred in your life so far. Just capture the essence…don’t feel an obligation to write a whole chapter at this point.
  • Build on that first step by segmenting your life into two year blocks of time and pulling from your memory one or two events/stories that stand out in each of those time periods.
  • Study all of the events/stories for patterns or threads of consistency.
  • Determine if the final version of your story is going to be chronological or arranged in some other pattern as suggested by the results of step three.
  • Develop chapter titles from all of the information you have accumulated to this point.
  • Outline each chapter’s key points.
  • Begin writing the chapters in sequence.
  • Just write!  Don’t stop to edit until you have written the entire first draft. Make note of any changes that come to mind as you are writing but don’t stop to make the changes now in the writing process.
  • Read the entire manuscript without editorializing…just read it.
  • Read it again but this time making appropriate notes in the margins of the document as to typos, content changes, etc.
  • Write the final version.

So—what’s the major benefit of going through the above steps and writing your autobiography…your story to date?

That benefit is you will absolutely affirm the miracle of who you are.

When you have the clear background knowledge to know really, truly who you are, the story of your future will ultimately have a happy ending.

Third Idea—Paint

Paint is a wonderful invention when you really think about it. Look at all its powers!

It’s so versatile. It can serve to repair damage to an object or structure thereby renewing the usefulness of the object or structure.

It can make things more interesting or attractive. Depending on the skill and creativity of the painter an object or structure can be transformed from the mundane to the positively striking.

The great thing is paint’s versatility doesn’t have to come at a high price. Compared to other options for repairing damage or making things more attractive it is downright inexpensive. And, in these economic times greater value for less of an investment is certainly a wise practice. So, what’s my point?

I say be like paint when it comes to winning the lottery of your life through reaching its highest level of potential and success.

  1. Improve yourself wherever life’s experiences have left you marred.
  2. Keep improving to make yourself more attractive for whatever the purpose.
  3. Paint your way not into a corner but onto the highway of success and fulfillment in your life.

Which of the above three ideas are you going to implement first to assure winning the lottery of your life?

Please share your thoughts by commenting below.  

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Mindstate mentor, author, trainer and speaker, Gary Greenfield (@LifeRider) helps organizations with inspirational insight and concise business ideas to help improve mindstate and minimize stress. He believes a mindstate that is positive and stress that is minimized helps people better profit through performance.

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Judy

March 28, 2017 2:58 pm Reply

Gary, I so believe with the comments about, ” winning the lottery of life.”
It is good to be in the Autumn years of life and have an overall perspective of the experiences of the past years of our lives and how the way those experiences were dealt with and being dealt with today, I believe makes us who we are today. It is a good feeling!

    Gary Greenfield

    March 28, 2017 4:45 pm Reply

    Absolutely agree, Judy.