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A lottery ticket reveals your
mental programming about money!
Let’s face it. Everyone expects to win the grand prize when they purchase a lottery ticket… contrary to the statistics that say you are more likely to be hit by a bus, but our general lack of understanding when it comes to reality is a story for another article.
We all have mental programming that creates our attitudes & beliefs about creating wealth in our lives. Buying a lottery ticket and evaluating the stories in your head can reveal the inner workings of your mind and the ways that it has been programmed.
What happens in your head when you buy a lottery ticket?
The first thing that happens is that your mind, both consciously and subconsciously, is that you start playing out scenarios of what you would do when you win based on the deep, ingrained mental programming you have accumulated over your life. (Note that I said “when you win”, not “if you win”. The mind only cares about the winning scenario at this point.)
Pretty much everyone’s “winning lottery scenario” falls into one of the following 3 categories…
(1) Let’s Buy Toys !
or the “YAY, I’m Rich! I can do anything!” scenario…
This involves speculation on all the great things that you can buy… new, fancy cars, boats, planes (?), new clothes, a big house, lavish parties, trips to exotic locations and much, much more. Since a lottery win is so far beyond most people’s current level of spending it seems like anything is possible. But do you notice something about this fantasy? All the money is going OUT of the winner’s pocket once they win.
What does this reveal about your mental programming about wealth?
First, the odds are you are probably poor or lower middle class. Even if you aren’t now, you will probably end up that way because of your spending habits. Why? Because you spend money on things that go down in value or that have no intrinsic (built-in) value.
It is also likely that you buy more than a few lottery tickets per year since you feel the chances of you building a large fortune from scratch
(2) Give it away !
or the “Share the Wealth” scenario
You imagine how much you will give to charities, what you might buy for your friends and your family and how grateful they will be for being a part of your windfall.
What does this reveal about your mental programming about wealth?
This type of scenario shows that, at some level, you feel that you don’t deserve to be wealthy. You probably apply this same thinking to other areas of your life to make sure that you do not get too far ahead of your peer group in terms of wealth. In other words, you hold yourself back to the level of your current status where you are comfortable and people are comfortable with you.
Can you break out of this thinking? Sure, but it will take a conscious decision to recognize who is honestly would support your increased wealth and who would rather you were more like them.
Alternatively, you may think that you (or “life in general”) should be “fair” and if you have good luck, then you need to spread it around as much as possible. There is probably a good bit of “guilt programming” built in there too saying that if you have more than others than you should feel guilty about it. (Recognize any religious overtones here?)
Again, you can break out of this thinking by recognizing that it shows up in your mind and replacing it with more productive thoughts such as “I deserve to be wealthy and by learning the mental techniques I can teach others how to bring themselves up to my level instead of giving them crumbs from my plate.” It is the old story, “Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
(3) Invest in …
or the “More of what I’m already doing” scenario.
Since you already understand how to grow your wealth, you see a lottery win as something different from most people. You see it as simply accelerating your current strategy for wealth creation. Because of this, you rarely buy a lottery ticket (probably less than one a year) and you do it for the entertainment value without worrying about whether or not you will eventually accumulate millions.
Perhaps you buy a ticket when there is an especially large jackpot that catches your attention. Or maybe you are facing challenges to your plan for wealth accumulation and you feel that a lottery win would help smooth over some of life’s rough patches.
Unfortunately, you eventually realize that money is not the answer to your problems. More money brings different problems … but that’s OK since it is part of the growth process of life. Plus, wouldn’t you rather have the problem of managing millions of dollars instead of scraping by to pay your bills each month?
What does this mean for your mental programming towards wealth?
Since most people are a mix of the three responses shown above, it is easy to see how we are all programmed to think certain ways about money. Your primary response to your lottery win scenario tells you about how your react to money in all areas of your life because the subconscious programming in your mind doesn’t turn off. It is there whenever you encounter an opportunity to make money or an opportunity to spend or waste money. If you bring your programming into your conscious mind, you can begin to make changes and when you change your mental programming for wealth, you will notice more opportunities for wealth building as well as ways you can hold onto more of what you already have.
Is there a little-known “4th Scenario”?
At this point you are probably wondering what I thought of when I got the lottery ticket shown in the photo on this page, right? Well, I can honestly say that I thought of all three scenarios. I would probably get a new car (since I am overdue for an upgrade) and most of the money would go towards real estate purchases (NYC brownstone, ski lodge). It would also help fund my charity which will help teach wealth mentality to more people.
I also created the “4th Scenario” where I bought a lottery ticket (over $130 million grand prize), checked the numbers after the drawing (I lost, of course) and then I wrote an article about it so that the ticket can become a business expense. :))
What’s your mental programming towards wealth?
Where do you fit? What stories do you create in your mind when you buy a lottery ticket? Leave a reply in the comment section below and tell us what you found out about your own mental programming for wealth !
Text of the video:
WHEELER: Now let’s talk about this big pink elephant. That’s your subconscious mind.
Your subconscious mind is very powerful, it’s very large. It takes in everything that’s going on, everything. All of the emotions.
How do you control that elephant? Does anybody know how they train elephants to stay with the circus so that they don’t kind of rampage off through the town? Well what they do is when they’re small, they take a rope, not a big rope just a regular rope and tie it around their ankle and they stick a little stake in the ground. Tiny little stake. And the elephant doesn’t go anywhere. Huge elephant that just pulled the tent up and he’s got a little rope around it and he says no I can’t do it.
How does that happen? Well it started way back when he was a little elephant and he physically couldn’t pull it out. He tried and he tried, couldn’t do it. And eventually he learns I can’t pull it out, and he can easily pull that stake out.
As a matter of fact, when the circus goes to a new town, the elephant is the one that pulls the tent pulls up. It’s powerful but it’s already decided that it can’t pull that stake out.
Right from when you were born you were being conditioned. Your parents said don’t do that, you know. Don’t do that, you should do this, and you believed it. That became part of your conditioning, part of your programming.
Even now beyond friends and family you have the media. And if it’s repeated enough, your mind says … well I’ve heard it ten, 20, 30 times and it must be true … even if it’s not.
Understand this, the most powerful form of conditioning are the words that are going on in your head, the words that you actually say.
There’s a rope on your elephant that’s holding you back, a rope that you could easily yank out. You have the choice.
You can train your brain to do whatever you want. The choice is yours.
HIRE Dave to speak to your group !
Email: dave [at] dmarkwheeler.com
As I first introduced in a post about Brain Games 2 Train Your Brain, the website www.lumosity.com has a unique program of online interactive games to train your brain. They are also quantitative so you can track your progress using their BPI number.
What is Lumosity.com’s BPI number?
According to their website …
Brain Performance Index (BPI) is a measure of cognitive performance.
It is based on the combined results of your best games in each Brain Area – Memory, Attention, Speed, Flexibility, Problem Solving.
What I have noticed so far:
I seem to be steadily improving my BPI score although I wonder if it is really effecting my brain’s structure or if it is simply a normal the learning process (similar to learning “the tricks” of a video game). I have not yet seen any noticeable changes in my abilities to get things done in my business although I’m not exactly sure what I would be looking for.
One interesting Brain Game observation…
There is one game at Lumosity.com where the goal is to remember the names of various cartoon people to help improve your ability to remember people’s names. As I played the game, I noticing that if a character looked familiar and I guessed at their name, I was right most of the time. In a way, it may be giving me more confidence trusting my subconscious mind when it comes to remembering people’s names.
“Age is all in your mind”…
Another observation I have of Lumosity.com’s system is based on the fact that the “comparison function” groups people by their age in 5-10 year brackets. I was curious to see how I stacked up against other people of different ages so I put in a false birth date and re-ran the comparison statistics. The graphics below show my scores as compared to 35-39 year olds and also 50-54 year olds.
I’m not saying which age group I am in… but I know that I’m hoping to interact with both ends of that range so I guess the comparative standings are good information to know.
If you know anyone at Lumosity.com, please forward a link to this article to them. I would love to hear more [in the comment section?] about how they set up the comparisons and why there is such a dramatic difference in index numbers for the different age groups. Is there a bias based on the design of the games? Is the sample size smaller for the older group and what effect does that cause? How much of an effect is created by “self-selection”, i.e. younger people who enjoy online games choosing to participate vs. older people who are less likely to play online games?
Summary so far…
I am enjoying the games and find them a good way to get my head ready for work. Sort of like a form of “productive procrastination”. The real test will be to see what results I get after a month or two of brain game training. Did I mention that I tend to get better scores after a caffeinated beverage? It remains to be seen how the training will play out but I will keep you posted of the results as my head gets stronger & faster using Lumosity.com’s brain game training.
What do you think? Leave a comment and let me know your take on brain functionality !
This video compilation contains some excellent concepts about what it takes to be successful from the mind of Will Smith.
When I see someone recommend an online video that is more than 9 minutes long, I often wonder if it will be worth my time … this one is definitely worth your time !
Enjoy … and then leave a comment below !
Wow, has it been a long time since I last posted to this blog. Let me get you caught up on what has gone down in the past months ….
- I started WheelDoggy.com, “the leading marketplace for local services”TM. Right now we are serving just CT as the marketing and other startup challenges are worked out but we should be rolling out to other parts of the USA in the coming months. If you have not yet signed up, now is the time ! (And there is a free trial so it won’t cost you anything to try it.)
- From Jul 2010 to Jun2011, I was the District 53 Governor for Toastmasters. This covered all Toastmasters clubs in CT, Western MA and Eastern NY state (north of Westchester County) and it was an incredible experience. I had two super Lt.Governors, Richard Peck and Jeff Sobel, and I would not have been able to do it without them. In July 2011 I turned the district over to Richard Peck and his team … and from what I can see they are doing well !
- In January 2011, I entered the “Goofy Challenge” as part of the DisneyWorld Marathon weekend. The Goofy Challenge is completing the Disney Half Marathon on Saturday and then the FULL Marathon on Sunday. How did I do? Well, it is kind of a long story, but I finished the Half Marathon within the required time and started the FULL marathon (not really expecting to be able to finish it). I took it slow (mostly walking) and was comfortably in front of the “cutoff pacer” for most of the race. Right before mile 18, at the water stop (where I would usually rest and drink some water) I began to see a huge crowd of people SPRINTING past me. The cutoff pacer went by, but I wasn’t too concerned since I could not see the mile 18 marker from where I was and figured they would not spring forever so I would be able to catch up quickly. Unfortunately, I turned the corner to see the mile 18 marker and two police cars blocking the road. A third state police cruiser pulled in front of me just as I was about to cross the 18 mile mark while another officer said “Your race is done. Get on the bus. It will take you to the finish line.”…. of course it did not end there (but I will save the rest for another post … stay tuned to hear about the “Cop who blocked out the sun” and “Dave’s run for freedom” !
- Finally, I lost some weight. Over 50 lbs. to be more exact. It was done through a series of small changes and, surprisingly, not as much running as you would imagine (especially given my story about the Goofy Challenge). I am writing a book about what I’ve learned and it should be available soon. (Another reason to stay tuned to this blog!)
- I have also been doing more public speaking. Since I am no longer the District 53 Governor, I wanted to expand my speaking opportunities so I have begun developing my paid speaking business around “How Your Mind Works”. In the past years, I have studied NeuroLinguistic Programming (NLP), Hypnosis and many of the leading Performance Psychologists and have developed an expertise in this area. My first (demo) video will be a speech about how I used my mind to lose weight (related to the book I’m writing too). Right now I am “fine-tuning it” and plan to have a video up in the next month or so. I am also augmenting the weight loss speech with information on conditioning your mind for success to create a full day workshop (tentatively titled “The Mindset Advantage Program (MAP)”.
If you would like to hire me to speak, just send me an email at dave at dmarkwheeler dot com and I can give you more information.
It has been a busy year … and there is more to come !
Leave your questions and ideas in the comment section below !
d.Mark “Dave” Wheeler