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.
“I am a winner in the lottery of life!”
“Today, rather than coloring outside the lines, I’m erasing the lines I drew in the first place.”—Katy Bray
Do you keep a list of favorite quotes? I do. I started mine years ago when I would read some self-help book, or take a class or seminar, or someone would say something pithy in a conversation.
“Ahaaaa,” I would sigh, “That’s a good one. I’ve got to write that down.”
I had a little notebook that I kept in my purse and I’d scribble it in. Now of course, I’ve got a cell phone to record them and a word file to collect them in.
Once in a bookstore, I found a book in the bargain bin called, “The Last Word on Making Money”. Published in 1988, it was a collection of quotes about money. I thought to myself, “That will come in handy some day” and purchased it immediately.
I flipped through it, then stuck it on my bookshelf where it remained unread for years.
Ten years later, when I started writing my page-a-day book “The Wealthy Spirit”, I decided to put a quote at the top of every page. That book really came in handy!
Intuition will strike you in the oddest little ways. I’m so glad I bought that book instead of looking back and wishing I had bought the book.
Pay attention to your inner voice.
Uh, let me reframe that. Pay attention to your positive inner voice. The one that’s happy and full of possibility, that sees stars instead of bars, that sees the beauty of the world, and the beauty of you.
I’d rather fail living my dream than succeed at living someone else’s.
Love and blessings,