Let’s stop and think about the bigger picture for a moment. You may be someone who buys lottery tickets each week, or you could be one who has never bought a single ticket in your entire life. Either way, don’t count yourself out just yet…
…Because there’s something that goes even deeper than a simple lottery ticket. There is a mindset behind buying lottery tickets that will lead to financial failure. Ancient wisdom says that he who chases fantasies has poverty waiting for him.
What then is a fantasy, and how does it lead to poverty?
It is this: the belief that you will get lucky and have all of your problems solved in the blink of an eye (or drawing of a lottery) is a fantasy. The belief that you will get something for nothing is a fantasy. It is a fantasy to think you can go to work and do just enough to not get fired, and then expect to get promoted. It’s a fantasy to think you can keep eating out 4 times a week, going shopping, and stopping at Starbucks every morning, and expect to become debt-free.
This is what we call the “lottery mentality”, and it will never lead to success. If you pursue this mentality, you will always end up disappointed.
Many years ago, someone told me, “If you want to be successful, then find out what everyone else is doing and do the opposite.”
Unfortunately, the majority of people are living under this lottery mentality in one way or another. That is, they are hoping to get something for nothing. But you need to realise that if you want to get something out, you have to put something in!
If you want to annihilate your debt, should you sit and pray and do nothing but hope and wait for it to suddenly disappear? Heck no!
If you want to get a promotion at work, do you clock in and clock out, doing the bare minimum every day, hoping your boss will notice you and he will somehow be inclined to give you a promotion? Nope!
The bottom line is, if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll have what you’ve always had. Do not put your hope in a fantasy, because that will never lead to success. Choose today to get equipped, do what needs to be done, and take action in the direction of your goal!