September 30 - 2011
There is pain, not opportunity, in a lottery's promise.
The lottery is a killer-no doubt.
It’s not the lottery itself; it exists. It’s the mentality-the philosophy that’s required to play the lottery that kills. It goes like this: I can succeed even if I don’t try, train, analyze my life or do anything more than show up with a minimum willingness to invest anything. It’s the old “something for nothing” deal.
The problem isn’t the dollar you gave away—we all can earn another dollar. The problem is, that with that dollar, you’re investing in a philosophy that asks you to surrender reality. As you put that dollar down you reinforce a “truth” that hard work (whether mental or physical) is not necessary to profit or grow. As you put that dollar down you strip yourself of initiative, you supplant the driver that is genuine hope, for a belief in magic as the great universal producer--and all the while you’re grooming yourself as faithful servant to the fickle god of chance, luck and random rewards.
At some point your conversion is complete. A faithful adherent to this cult(ure), you’re now completely impotent in your life.
I was finally inspired to write this blog, that I’ve long thought of writing, after I saw a post by someone on facebook. She said she was posting it because “it couldn’t hurt” in terms of producing her intended desire (wealth). She couldn’t be further from the truth. In posting that nonsense, she told everyone, and quietly herself, that her hope lies not in herself but in said god.
Do you really think that if you don’t forward an email to 10 people or post some crap for everyone to see you’ll stem the flow of love, avert wealth and cause a small river in Nepal to dry up?
Get over yourself Lottery-Larry. Give it a break Magician-Mary. Want what you want and trust the process that is reality.
Believe in your power to change your world.
Do something smarter.
Bet on That,
PS Even if you don’t play the lottery, this mentality still shows up. Where might it be living in your personal philosophy?
PPS Anyone have any good stock tips?
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