My ideal future home office, designed by Austrian firm Najjar Najjar. Photo: Najjar
As I mentioned in a previous post, over 10 years ago in our old home I told my wife that our next house was going to have a home office with expansive sea views that we would view through wall to floor windows. Much like these examples.
The office would be large, again walled in glass, and have a separate seating area for visitors, while my desk would be equipped with two flat screen monitors and the best PC gear available.
What a change it would make from my grey, cramped office with battered furniture and a bleak view of the street I had back then.
Guess what? We shifted a few years later, and today I am sitting on a Herman Miller Aeron Chair, the Rolls Royce of executive chairs - right in the middle of that very vision.
Daniel Craig as James Bond makes himself at home in M's office - opposite a Herman Miller Aeron executive chair like mine - in the film Casino Royal.
My contemporary Italian glass-topped desk matches the chair. And as I look past triple 24" monitors, the sparkling harbor is spread out through the windows.
And every day, as the sun streams across the hill and deep blue waters, I give silent thanks for the opportunity to work in such luxurious surroundings.
This waterside view from a Sydney $30 million home was very similar to my own.
So what has this got to do with winning the lottery?
Exactly this...when you have a vision or dream, and write it down as I did, and review it constantly, your mind works towards attracting it for you.
What exactly do you want out of this life? Do you know? Is it fame, fortune, or family?
When you write down your goals on paper, that step is one of the biggest moves you'll ever make towards achieving success.
Karin wrote: "Ken, I do your daily writing of goals. I am not terribly interested in a car or a house. How do I write and visualize money to pay bills etc?"
Here's how it works:
1. Every day, write down your goal.
2. Express it in emotional words and be as descriptive as you can.
3. Do this daily until you get what you want.
I've always used it for cars because they are usually affordable and tangible. Buying a super yacht is a little more advanced for this method!
Debt and bills are another story altogether. You see, most people can't get creative when bills are involved.
Debt is a negative influence of our lives. Objects of desire are a positive.
So concentrating on the positive is always more productive.
An art dealer once told me he didn't put his artist's paintings into a bank display because they never sold.
People have a highly personal and usually negative relationship with money in a bank, and he found they simply didn't want to buy the works in the bank building.
But back in the gallery they sold like hot cakes.
So it's an interesting problem... how to attract money to pay bills.
The answer is to turn those accounts into a positive.
For example, take the utilities bill. That represents heat, warmth (or cool) and light. So make your goal to have a home filled with these advantages.
Russell Crowe played a water diviner in a film of the same name in 2014.
An Australian couple were always running out of water on their small farm. And their bills for water cartage were crippling them.
So they wrote daily about enjoying an abundance of water, and a short time later they were discussing their problem with a local shopkeeper.
"Oh, you need a water dowser," said the woman, and gave them the name of a contact.
A week later an underground stream was found on their land, and they drilled a bore.
It has been producing water ever since.
The secret is to switch from scarcity to oversupply in your daily goals. It's the same with the lottery.
The goal to have a winning ticket will generally not work.
Instead, fill your goals with the objects you want, and it's more likely your wins will fit them.