So far, I have received ten prizes from the contests I entered during my sweepstakes experiment period in May. They are:
- A Coke FIFA World Cup™ Beach Towel ($6.40)
- A Kindle Book in a Goodreads Giveaway
- A Miller Lite Cannypack ($12.95)
- A $100 gift card for pet supplements
- Tee Shirt and Sunscreen (Local FB Contest) ($35)
- A Kindle Book in Amazon Giveaways ($8)
- $5000 in Visa Gift Cards
- $5 Walgreens Gift Card
- A Nautica Voyage Cologne Sample
- A $10 Uber credit
I am so pleased and grateful for these wins!
Many of the sweepstakes I entered, however, have an end date at the end of July or later, so more prizes may still arrive. After enough time has passed, I will write a post on whether I thought entering sweepstakes all day is worth the time and effort as reflected in the quantity and quality of prizes.
It can be easy to get discouraged when you’re in a prize dry spell. This can especially happen around the winter holidays time, when so many contests are ending, but you haven’t yet received any winning notices. And you may not until after the New Year, since people at the prize-award agencies may be on vacation until then. One way I find to keep my spirits up is to play music that celebrates winning while I’m entering contests. It helps me to visualize recieving the prizes I entered for, and to keep a positive attitude during dry spells and long notification waiting periods. Check out this song list “80 Songs About Victory, Celebration, Success, and Winning.” Did this list miss any? Let me know what songs most motivate you when entering sweepstakes!
In my last post I talked about vision boards – words and pictures put together in a collage to represent things you would like to win. But there is the flip side to attracting the prizes you want. I believe it is also important to have gratitude for the prizes you have already won!
My first gratitude board was a small cork board covered with congratulations messages and pictures of the things I’ve won. Then I had to upsize to a medium sized board. My luck kept growing, and now I have the biggest cork board I can find with pictures of all the prizes I have won over the years tacked to it. No matter whether it was a small prize, like a coupon, or a big prize, like a trip, it gets included on my board.
This helps me remember to be thankful for the luck I have received. I am thankful that winning prizes has allowed me to be generous to friends and family. And I’m especially thankful for prizes that I can pass on to those in need. Because while I love winning and keep a lot of my prizes, I believe sharing and gratitude go a long way in creating more luck.
Do you have any traditions of gratitude in your family? Do you thank sweepstakes sponsors and otherwise show gratitude for your wins? Please let me know in the comments!