How the Lottery Screws With Your Head

A lottery ticket reveals your
mental programming about money!

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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”?

Losing Lottery Ticket - Mental Programming 4 WealthAt 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 !

 

Speaker Demo Video for dMark “Dave” Wheeler

Speaker Demo Video of dMark “Dave” Wheeler – Mindset Training Expert

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

 

Brain Games Train Your Brain

Brain Games based on ScienceLumosity Brain Games

When it comes to brain games, it seems like since the beginning of time, mankind has used games to develop useful skills.  I’m sure cavemen played “who can throw the spear the farthest” or “who can life the heaviest rock” or “who can slap a T-rex on the tail without getting eaten” (that last one may have been a predecessor to some of the stupid reality shows we have today).  While we have progressed quite a way since then (did you watch the Olympic Games in London?), there is still plenty of room for improvement when it comes to the training or conditioning of our brains through games.

I recently found a site called lumosity.com which has a neat way to “train your brain” that is a little different from my standard methods of mindset training.

The training on lumosity.com uses games based on neurological science (they are more fun than it sounds) and they focus on developing physical capabilities within the brain such as peripheral vision, spatial recognition and similar skills while my “brain training” is geared more toward using your brain to take control of your life.

Obviously I think taking control of your life is a little more important than peripheral vision, but I can’t argue with their theory that conditioning your brain through the use of games is a great way to keep your mental capabilities sharp, especially as you age.

Check out the site at www.lumosity.com and leave me a comment below to let me know if I should include a free trial to lumosity.com as part of my future Train Your Brain or Mindset Advantage Programs.