I fully expected to turn on the news this past Wednesday, and hear of the millions-to-one winner of the Mega Lottery. Instead the jackpot has grown to a whopping $540 million! That’s A LOT!
Based on current ticket sales that makes the odds against each individual ticket holder 176-million- to‑1.
Bruce Newman at The Mercury News put this number into perspective; “...you are 176 times less likely to win the jackpot than you are to be struck by lightning.” Ouch!
But, don’t let this get you down my lovelies...I imagine we’ve all had at least a moment of lottery fantasy. Whether you’ve bought a ticket or not, whether you are Friday’s big winner or not...my post below from last summer is guaranteed to give a fresh perspective...
Who(m) Would I Be With $10 Million In The Bank? — Originally posted August 2011:
So, who hasn’t thought about it? “What would I do if I won the lottery?”
Now, consider. “Whom would I be if I won?”
The other day a business man I know made an interesting illustration. He decided that he would address any concerns that his customers had as if he had $10 million in the bank. If someone was unhappy with their purchase in anyway, he committed to refunding their money. No questions asked. Almost immediately he was called to put his money where his mouth was, and returned over $50,000 in one month. However, shortly afterwards, he found that his gross revenues more than doubled the following few months.
While there are perhaps many factors that could contribute to this windfall, there is certainly no doubt, holding the idea that he had plenty of money gave him the freedom to simply do the right thing. In turn, more people were interested in doing business with him, and he reported that his fear of losing money, or of not having enough, dissipated…and ultimately evaporated. Doing right by his clients became the obvious way of doing business. Not just the ideal, but the real action he now stands by.
This got me thinking about the work of Greg Baer and his Real Love series. Dr. Baer asks the question, if I had twenty million dollars in my (emotional bank), would I worry about the two dollars I perceived someone had stolen from me? i.e.; perhaps they are regularly late, are often distracted, or not helpful when you need them most. How much would these little things annoy, or continue to bother me? If I carried with me $20 million dollars worth of love, security and appreciation, independent of what “they” say or don’t say, do or don’t do, would my experience walking through life be different?
Having practiced this simple principle, I can tell you first hand, it almost immediately transformed my perspective of the world. What a gift to truly discover all the love already around me…and, finally be relieved of the anxiety and unhappiness I had carried a lifetime. At first, it was a bit of work to simply remember... But, as happens with universal truths, it opened the door to once-and-for-all surrendering my old self, and in turn becoming the woman I’d always wanted to be. Free.
No doubt this will be an ongoing journey, and, I hope you’ll join me. Ask yourself…who(m) would I be if I had millions in the bank…emotional, or otherwise…? (Then be that person!)
I can’t wait to hear from you!
And, as alway, I’m in your corner...