The One Question You Should Ask Yourself
From the time we are born, we ask a lot of questions. Anyone that has a two year old knows that they can ask a LOT of questions, but even as we grow older we continue to ask questions. As a child we ask questions about the world around us and as we grow older we start to ask more questions about ourselves. What do I want to do for a living? How do I feel about God? How can I make more money? What will happen if I take that job? How do I want to be remembered? What do people think of me?
So many questions! But there is one question that can prove incredibly insightful to all of those questions, and many, many other questions you have about yourself.
If I won the lottery what would I do?
I know you are laughing right now, and thinking “I opened this post up for this?” Hear me out and I will go through the reasons this question above all others can give you so much insight into yourself. This is a question that everyone does a little dreaming about, but no one ever really looks at the answers!
Winning the Lottery Gives the Perception of Freedom
When we contemplate the question of winning the lottery we only think of the freedom that having a large influx of cash would give us. We don’t limit ourselves by worrying about money or talent or concerns over what others would think of us. Some people would quit their jobs, some people would buy their families homes and cars and some people would start their dream business. Lots of different answers, but all very insightful.
- If I won the lottery, I would quit my job. I am going to go out on a limb and say this person is unhappy in his/her current position. If you are singing “Take this job and shove it” as you contemplate the question, you are probably more than a bit unhappy.
- If I won the lottery, I would take care of my family. I would buy my mom/dad/brother a house or a car. I bet that this person misses their family and wishes that they didn’t have to work so hard so they could spend more time visiting and taking care of the people that took care of them as they were coming up in the world.
- I would start a business. The heart of an entrepreneur, even with the freedom to sit on a rock and fish all day, they are going to do one of the hardest, most thankless jobs out there and start their own business.
- I would work on a hobby more. As life has happened, this person is spread so thin that project that they started five years ago has barely made any progress. Maybe they have been pulled into life so much they can’t even remember the last time they went fishing, painted a picture, (insert your hobby here).
Maybe you fall into one of the above answers or maybe your answer is different, whichever applies to you, the very next question should be “What am I waiting for?” If you want to quit your job read 48 Days to Work You love by Dan Miller, make a plan and get out of that job you hate. If you want to spend more time with your family schedule it into your day and make it a priority. Life is Short, Get Off the Couch and start doing the things your answers to this question are begging you to change.
My answer to this question has always been to start a small farm, be more involved in my church and write books. Farms are hard work but I always enjoy it, and I love going to church but because of my job have not been able to participate as much as I would like to. And the writing, oh the writing, this is probably my biggest life long dream, but I have always had excuses. I have ditched the excuses and am now (slowly) working on 3 separate novels!
So what is your answer? Have you thought about trying to make a plan to achieve those goals? Leave your answers in the comments section, I would love to hear what you would do if you hit it big!