The lottery has the power to change your life forever, so it's important to stay positive.
If you can't be bothered playing this weekend because you feel depressed about the economy, the weather, the bills... you might miss the greatest windfall of your life.
Even $1 million can make a tremendous impact on most player's lives.
By being positive, you energize the players around you. Lotto is not a solitary game... it is meant to be enjoyed by many people. So gather everyone together round the tv when the game is drawn, and make a social occasion of it.
The reinforcing effect keeps you interested and playing. Here's 7 ways to remain at the top of your enthusiasm when you're playing:
#1) Plant positive reminders around you. Use pictures, signs and notes on your fridge door, computer screen and in your wallet so you see them every day. Print out a photo of some big-time lottery winners and enjoy their happiness. It's contagious!
#2) Read motivational books and stories. You will get inspired with even a simple paragraph showing how someone beat the odds. The Lotto Life blog is great for that because it is unrelentingly positive.
#3) Eat well by reducing junk food. Cut out sugars. It will improve your thinking. Studies have shown that students who were given healthy diets actually learned more and were happier. Food will change your mood.
#4) Write an appreciation diary. Each night before you retire, write down the 3 most positive events of the day you experienced. Everyone can find three things... even a smile from a friend counts. The warm feeling from your notes as you read it in the following days will inspire you to stay positive.
#5) Stay active. That means as well as taking a 30 minute walk each day - or its equivalent, like washing the car or vacuuming the house. Make sure your calendar is full with no white space. Spare time leads to boredom, which leads to uncertainty. Too much introspection will make you worry. Fill your days with productive work and energetic play.
#6) Write down your goals and dreams. Do it in the present tense, as if the goal has been reached: "I am giving away $5,000 to my church this morning, and it feels great!" Or "The harbor view from my bedroom window is amazing - I can see our yacht from here!"
#7) DO. IT. NOW. These 3 words will give your life a big positive shove. Procrastination is a killer of enthusiasm. Whatever needs doing, Do It Now and watch as your negativity disappears. It could be as simple as clearing the clutter from your office or fixing the broken door handle that's been bugging you for months. When you see something that needs doing, don't put it on a list - do it right away.
When you're positive your life changes for the better, and this attitude helps keeps you playing with the expectation of a big win. Stay positive!