Thursday, October 16, 2014
This is one of my favorite questions to ask my clients: what would you do if you won the lottery tomorrow? I get lots of different replies but the two most common are “I’d quit my job and…” (fill in the blank with something you’ve been wanting to do your whole life) or “I don’t know.”
The reason I ask this question is first, it reveals how satisfied they are with the way they are living their lives. Even when they answer that they don’t know, it’s still revealing because the truth is they do know. They’ve just gotten so wrapped up in their current situation (which is usually unsatisfying or else they wouldn’t be getting coaching) that they’ve forgotten what makes their heart sing and how they desire to spend their time. The beauty is in helping them uncover what lies beneath the “I don’t know” response. Despite how long it takes, they always turn their “I don’t know” into a very detailed answer about what they know but simply forgot.
The other reason I ask clients this question is get them to think big and open their minds to the possibilities of pursuing their dreams. In our society, we have this image that winning the lottery (or somehow coming into a large sum of money) is the pathway to our dreams and living a life of freedom. Most of my clients realize that they do not have to not to wait to win the lottery (or for that large inheritance) to pursue that dream. Instead, they go after the dream that is their “winning the lottery” experience. Ultimately it’s not about the money but the experiences that winning the lottery can bring. If you think about what you would do if you won the lottery tomorrow, you probably will discover that it’s the feelings of freedom and the ability to pursue things your heart desires that you are seeking; and you believe that winning the lottery will enable you to go after your heart’s desires and that freedom you seek.
The fact is you don’t have to wait to start having those experiences. You can start by taking one step at a time towards exploring how to make that dream your real life. It is possible. I’ve done it and so have many of my clients. It takes guts, courage, and faith. I believe we all have these things within us-we just need to tap into them. Why not explore what’s possible for your life by answering the questions: What would you do if you won the lottery tomorrow? And what’s holding you back from looking for ways to have those experiences today?