You Won the Lottery!…Now What?

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction”

132-May 12

“What you love is as unique to you as your fingerprints. You need to know that because nothing will make you really happy but doing what you love.”—Barbara Sher

We’ve all had the fantasy of winning big. It takes many forms: Winning the lottery, winning the multi-million-dollar jackpot in the Megabucks slot machine, getting discovered and becoming a movie star, selling your screenplay for millions of dollars, writing The Great American Novel, buying the stock that leaps in value making you a billionaire, inventing the next big thing that everyone buys.

You visualize the celebration, the adrenaline rush, the happiness you share with your friends and family. You see the new house, the new car, the vacation trips you’ve always wanted. Shopping sprees dance in your mind—you can have anything you want! You buy it all.

And then? What?

What do you visualize yourself doing after you become wealthy? Lying around on the beach all day? For how many days would that be interesting? When anyone tells me that, I know I’m talking to a person who either hates their job or hasn’t had enough vacation. As a creative being with talents and abilities beyond loafing and consuming, you have to do something that gives your life meaning and purpose. Go find a job doing that now…or create one. You don’t have to wait until you’re rich—this is the way you become rich.

Years ago, Paul McCartney came to Los Angeles with his band as part of his world tour. A particular quote from the program impressed me. He said, “People ask me, ‘Why d’you do it? Why bother with the distractions? You’re rich.’ Cos I think everyone’s little dream, certainly mine when I was at school was, what you’ll do is get a lot of money and then you’ll go off on holiday forever. Just go off on a boat. But when you grow up you realize it doesn’t work. A year of holidays, maybe, is dead funny and a great groove. But after a year you think, what do I do in life again? Sail around the world in boats? Surely not…I know that after a year I’d start to wonder. I’d pick up a guitar.”

Act as if you already won the lottery last year. Now go do what you love.

Today’s Affirmation: “I am a winner in the lottery of life!”

I am a big proponent of little long-weekend holidays. Taking big long 2-3 week vacations are lovely once in a while, but I must have my regular jaunts away for four days on a regular basis. I recharge my batteries, have a change of scene, having nothing scheduled that I have to show up for, have congenial friends with me, and activities I love. Can’t wait!

When I go away for a bit, I gather new material while I’m living life, having fun, playing poker, enjoying some free time, seeing friends and family, and being a “human being” instead of a “human doing”.

Enjoy your week, darling dolphins, and make some plans for a getaway yourself. You need to have “I can hardly waits!” in your life, even if you haven’t won the lottery yet.