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I've often heard people say, "If only I could win the Lottery, I'd be truly happy!" But, would they?

With the exception of people who are very poor, research has shown little connection between a person's income and true happiness. In fact, people with great wealth are statistically no more or less happy than any other person on the average.

To achieve true happiness we must focus on three-dimensional success. The three major areas every human being must be accomplished in to feel truly successful are:

1. CAREER - Everyone must feel a genuine sense of achievement in their chosen field, whether they are a high powered CEO, a sales rep., a police officer, or a homemaker.

2. WORK - You must enjoy the work involved in your chosen field. Many people choose a career based on external factors... how much money they make, prestige, social approval, etc. However, if you don't enjoy the work itself, you will never be truly happy, no matter how "successful" you appear.

3. PERSONAL LIFE - Many people believe that in order to be successful, you must sacrifice your personal life. And while certain sacrifices may be required on occasion, you should always strive to live by the motto, "Don't get so busy making a living, that you forget to make a life."

So, how do you successfully combine these three areas to WIN at Life's Lottery?

Live by the "AAA" No-Fail Formula

Attempt an outcome
Assess the situation -
if you are on course continue on, if not
Alter the course you are taking

Don't think of setbacks as failures, but as learning opportunities. Have the courage to take necessary risks and allow yourself the freedom to alter your course when needed. The only way you will ever fail in life is if you give up trying or you refuse to see when you are on an erroneous course and won't change direction. Stay focused and enthusiastic
Truly successful people have clear goals and a sense of purpose, and they pursue their goals with enthusiasm and confidence.

Be sure your goals are your own Understand who you are and what you really want in life. Many people go their entire lives not knowing what they want... they live by other people's "shoulds" and "ought tos" without questioning what is right for their own happiness.

When you know yourself completely... when you can let go of other people's expectations and moralities...when you find your own true path, then you will be on your way to true happiness.

Remember . . . in Life's Lottery, the winning ticket is YOU!