But You Did Dream Big!
As you stood in line for your Powerball ticket, did you fantasize about how you would use the winnings if you hit the jackpot? Quit your job, pay off your debt, buy that dream car, buy an island? Dreaming big is good for you. Keep the momentum going and write down the important goals that came out of your “Dream Big” experience.
A common dream for many Powerball players is to pay off debt. With so many people living paycheck to paycheck – paying bills is a high priority. Then paying off houses, student loans, credit cards, the bookie down the street (seriously – someone said that – hope they are okay today.) Being debt free is a great goal to have. Don’t give up on it. You may not be able to pay off your house, but you can a get plan together to put your financial house in order.
Prioritize the Stuff
It’s natural to dream about the things we want to have – the stuff we want. After listening to TV reporters asking people what they would do with the Powerball jackpot – common answers were buying cars, houses, boats, planes, yachts, mansions, jewelry, land, and a variety of toys. If having your own home is something you dream about – then set that goal. Or set the goal to get that dream car. I had a friend that had a goal of getting a new sewing machine – she planned, saved, and achieved that goal over time. Now, on to the Vitamix!
Plan Your Experiences
Once you dream of all the stuff to buy – the things you want to have, take a closer look at the things you would do. What experiences would you want to have? Do you want to take that trip you’ve been dreaming of? Or do you want to build homes for the needy? One will cost you money – the other will cost you time, but gives you so much back as you get to help someone else. Who would you have these experiences with? One guy told a reporter he would spend the money on hookers and cocaine – where do they find these people? I enjoyed my experience with Habitat for Humanity and volunteering at Texas Food Bank. But I’ve always wanted to tour the houses built by Frank Lloyd Wright. My sister bought me a book on his houses – that will keep the dream alive. When I’m ready to convert the dream into a goal, I’ll put the plan in place to go see the houses.
A goal is a dream with a deadline. - Napoleon Hill
That’s how it works, start with the dream, convert the dream to a goal (a dream with a deadline), and then break the goal down into actionable steps and tasks. You can’t leave it at the dream stage forever.
How Would You Be?
Judging by the number of people that said they would buy their Mom a house, there’s no doubt that being generous is certainly a great goal to have. So is being kind, forgiving, and tolerant. So if you don’t have the money, be generous with your time. I’m sure your Mom would love to see you at the dinner table.
The lesson for us all – money can’t buy happiness. But you can BE happy. How do you want to BE?