Fact: You Can't Win If You Don't Play


The California Lottery is up to $700 million.

I don’t regularly play the lottery. Thanks stats classes for ruining gambling for me.

I know the odds are not in my favor but I also know my numbers have the same probability of being selected as all the others and a there is a 100% guarantee you won’t win if you don’t play.

I am not fool when it comes to $700 million. Well, in this case, $350 million as I had a friend buy my ticket, saving me a trip to the place where you buy lottery tickets, so I will share my winnings.

This started a text discussion of…

What Will We Do When We Win The Lottery? 

After we take the lump sum payout, I would…

Wait! I realized my answers have changed over the years and I am very excited about it.

A few years ago, I would have said I would stop working for someone else, travel the world, buy a house, a car, rescue dogs, and help others.

Today, as I think about my millions coming my way and wonder what I am going to do, I realized I am doing it!

I have traveled the world, have a house, a car, a rescue dog, and doing my own thing on my terms that helps others.

My point is not to show off how amazing my life is but to share you can create that life and work you dream of and you don’t have to win the lottery to do it.

Seriously, if a scared, play-by-the-rules and do-all-the-right-things gal can create the life that she once dreamed of IF she won the lottery, you can too.

How did I get here?

Live your life. Own it. Don't leave it to chance. 

I would like to say it was just luck and just happened but that would be fake news. This has always been a work in progress. It didn’t happen overnight but there is a simple equation to it that I learned from New York Times best-selling author Dan Miller in his book titled 48 Days To The Work You Love.

A Dream + A Detailed Action Plan = A New Future

I had a dream of what I wanted my life and work to look like. I know you have them, too.

But a dream is not enough. Having just a dream is like buying a lottery ticket (or having your friend do it) and leaving that dream’s ability to come true up to luck, random probability, and hopefully, a good friendship in that he doesn’t skip town with your winning ticket.

The secret sauce to winning the lottery of your dream life and work is having a detailed action plan and actually taking action.

I know so many who have amazing dreams and a plan that is contingent on the timing to be right to do that one big thing (like winning the lottery, getting that promotion, or when the kids turn a certain age), only then they will take some action. Which usually means no action.

Here’s the thing. It is not about one big thing. From my experience, it is a series of small baby steps that you do each and every day. I started by reading blogs and books and writing down what I want and how it will feel and went on from there.

That is how I created my own winning. 

Oh, and when I win my half of the $700 million or as I continue creating my own, here’s what I am going to do:

Me & Landon  "LL Cool Grey"  .  Learn more about greyhound rescue  here. 

Me & Landon "LL Cool Grey" .

Learn more about greyhound rescue here. 

  1. Market my workshop to help more people find or create work they love.
  2. Rescue more dogs and possibly baby goats.
  3. Update the bathrooms in my 1970s house (one has carpet in the bathroom!).
  4. See Bruno Mars in concert.
  5. Give more to support organizations that are helping and fighting for others. Kindness and caring is awesome.

So what's on your list?

Remember: you can’t win if you don’t play.  Are you ready to play to make it happen?

If you are ready and want help creating an action plan for your dreams, I’m here to help. Click here to learn more.