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    Posted on July 22nd, 2014 in The Wealthy Spirit by chellie

    Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction”

    173-June 22

    “We jump off buildings and make our wings on the way down.”—Ray Bradbury

    It was 1990, and the recession was in full swing in California. I had survived in business one year after losing my biggest customer and most of my clients and friends knew about it. Now they were afraid as business prospects diminished, money got tighter and “lean and mean” became the business order of the day. I started getting a flood of calls that sounded like this: “Chellie, things are getting difficult. When you had your problems last year, what did you do? Somehow you survived a major downturn in your business—maybe I can, too.”

    Jumping in to help, I dispensed a lot of free advice over lunch. When three people in the same week told me I should teach a class in these principles, the Financial Stress Reduction Workshop was born. Or rather, the flier for the workshop was born.

    One of the most important ideas I had gleaned through my own disaster recovery program was this: “Do What Makes Money First.” I couldn’t afford to spend an inordinate amount of time and money creating and advertising a workshop that wasn’t going to produce income for me and my company. I needed to make sure it would sell. So, I wrote a flier advertising the benefits of the workshop, cut and pasted some graphics on it, and mailed it out to my entire mailing list.

    And waited.

    No one called. But by this time, I was committed to the idea of my workshop, had visualized how it could help people and I wanted to do it. Unwilling to give up, I got out the mailing list and started making phone calls to the likely suspects I thought would be interested in this class. Over the phone, with enthusiasm and excitement, I promoted the benefits of the class and enrolled twelve people within two weeks. (These are my personal examples of the principles “Sending Out Ships” and “The Money is in the Phone.”)

    Soon, I had twelve people destined to show up for class. I had sent out the ships, the ships had come in and were due to be unloaded in three weeks. Then, and only then, I sat down to write the workshop.

    Years later, I met a woman who did it the other way around. She invested $13,000 in four-color brochures, mailing lists and advertisements for her weekend seminar. Breathless with anticipation, she waited for the phone to ring and for enrollments to arrive in the mail. She never made a phone call herself. When only two people signed up for her workshop, she canceled it and folded her business—a $13,000 loss.

    Research your idea to make sure people want it and that you can sell it before investing money in it.

    Today’s Affirmation: “People are clamoring to pay me for my wonderful services!”

    So how many of you waited until the night before it was due to write the term paper for class? Yep, me, too. This story is an example of that. I get inspired by deadlines.

    My usual mode of writing papers when I was in college was to do a lot of ruminating about the subject while I was walking to class. I had pieces of paper in my coat pocket, and when I happened on a word or phrase or idea that worked, I would scribble it on one of the pieces. My pockets got rather full as the deadline neared.

    Then a day or two or even the night before the paper was due, I’d pull out all the pieces of paper and organize them on the desk. I would take each bunch that represented a paragraph and think about it until I had it clear in my head, and then type the complete paragraph. Then I’d repeat that process with the next group of bits.

    This was back in the day of manual typewriters and no easy erasing system, so if you made a change in the beginning of the paper, you’d have to type the entire paper over again. Can you imagine?? I hated to do that kind of repetitious grunt work, so I made sure to have everything outlined ahead of time so that I only had to type one draft and turn it in. Copies required onion skin and carbon paper. Yes, it was the Dark Ages.

    Hee. This sounds like my version of “In my day, we had to walk two miles in the snow to get to school…”

    But let me remember in this moment to passionately Thank God for this wonderful age with live in now, with computers that allow changes in the beginning of the document, easy and effortless correction of errors and misspellings (Spellcheck rocks!), and attached printers that can print multiple copies on demand at a touch of a button.

    We live in a truly magical age!

    New Projects

    Posted on July 21st, 2014 in The Wealthy Spirit by chellie

    Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction”

    172-June 21

    “I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun.”—Thomas Edison

     

    When requested to fit a new project into my calendar, I ask myself these three questions:

    1. Is it going to do a lot of good?
    2. Is it going to be a lot of fun?
    3. Is it going to make me a lot of money?

    This is the first test, and at least two out of three answers must be yes.

    Then I ask two more questions:

    1. Is it going to take a lot of work?
    2. Is it going to take a lot of time?

    Hopefully, the answers to these questions are no. If they are yes, I have a final question:

    1. Is it worth doing anyway?

    If the answer to that is yes, I do it.

    Today’s Affirmation: “I do a lot of good. I make a lot of money. I have a lot of fun.”

     

    “Girls just want to have fun…” goes the Cindi Lauper song. Boys, too, I should imagine. I certainly do.

    When it come to accumulating assets or accumulating experiences, I fall decidedly on the side of experiences. I want to have fun now; I don’t want to sludge at a job I hate waiting for the day I retire to live free and love my life. Besides, statistically, 29% of people don’t make it to age 65. And after retiring at age 65, 33% of those people are dead within two years.

    Kind of makes you think, doesn’t it?

    I want to have fun now. I want to live free now. I want to travel and love my life now.

    Traveling buddies in Greece

    You have to figure out what work/life balance you want. Is it okay with you to have less stuff and more memories?

    I’d much rather travel and remember the wonderful time I had than buy another stock or bond. (I can hear the groan of a thousand Financial planners across the land as they read that. Hee.)

    I’d rather invest in stocks and bonds than buy a house with a big mortgage that I have to serve. With other investments, I can buy more when business is good and less when there’s a lull like the Great Recession. (Now the groans come from Real Estate agents.)

    Owning a house is great, and having investments is great, too. You just might want to balance it all so that you get some time off and some great vacations, too.

    That’s Financial Stress Reduction®!

    If you know someone who could be making a lot more money, a healthier profit, whose work shouldn’t be so all-consuming or so hard, then the Financial Stress Reduction® Telecourse may be just the guidance, support, and help they’re looking for. For more than 20 years, I have been helping small business owners make huge leaps in their income and enjoy fabulous success and prosperity. Details at http://www.chellie.com/financial-stress-reduction-telecourse-information.html then call Chellie for your discount coupon at 310-476-1622.

    Dreams, Luck, and Diligence

    Posted on July 19th, 2014 in The Wealthy Spirit by chellie

    Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction”

    170-June 19

    “By the streets of ‘by and by’ one arrives at the house of ‘never.’”—Miguel de Cervantes

     

    Dreams and goals are not the same. Just thinking how nice it would be to have a bigger house, a new car, a business of your own, the relationship you’ve always wanted, a vacation in Europe, a diamond ring, or a vacation home, won’t get it for you. The dream is there to spur you to action. It is not action itself.

    Some people seem to think that good things happen to people through sheer luck. They think that other people in life are just luckier than they are—that they have these things through some unfair, lucky twist of fate. This belief disempowers them completely. Instead of putting some effort into achieving their dreams, they fantasize about winning the lottery, inheriting a fortune from a long-lost relative, or that someone will come along, see their potential, and shower them with gifts. Once in a blue moon, this actually happens to someone, and then all the dreamers use that as the shining example that their fantasies could come true. Never mind that the odds are fourteen million to one.

    When these odds beat them, they often turn resentful, and bemoan their fate, saying life isn’t fair. They start to hate the people who have the things they want. Resentment will get them nothing. It is a misuse of creative energy. It’s been said “resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.”

    (Continued on page 170 of The Wealthy Spirit. My publisher asked that the complete book should not be a permanent record on the internet, so some pages are not posted in their entirety on this blog.)

    Today’s Affirmation: “I walk, talk, look, act, think, and am rich!”

     

    I read biographies of successful people and watch TV biographical programs all the time. I especially love the parts of how they struggled in the beginning, when they were just one of the millions of unknowns struggling to make their mark.

    I used to think that famous celebrities were just so special that they were instantly recognized at their first audition, but that almost never happens! Most stars were relentlessly rejected at first. But they weren’t going to let a few failures or bruised egos or unopened doors stop them.

    Here’s a typical story from the days of early Hollywood:

    “In the blighted year of 1929, Broadway musical star Jeanette MacDonald, ‘That Girl with the Red-gold Hair and the Sea-green Eyes,’ made a screen test for Fox Film Corp. Her co-star for the test was Archie Leach, a member of the company performing “Boom-Boom,” the Shubert prodction in which MacDonald was appearing. The studio flunked both players, explaining, ‘We feel neither of these people has a screen personality.’ So much for Fox’s prescience. Archie Leach, transmogrified into Cary Grant, would soon make his mark at Paramount, and Jeanette MacDonald, the movie musical’s first superstar, would become, by the late 1930s, the darling of MGM and the top-grossing film actress in the world.”–from Hollywood Diva by Edward Baron Turk

    So don’t be dismayed by the nay-sayers strewn in your path. They are just obstacles on the road to your success. Climb over them, go under them, or go around them. They are training you to be creative and strong, and which are needed to maintain a career in the spotlight. So keep on going and prove them wrong!

    What was the worst review you ever got? And how did you prove them wrong?

    Life Missions

    Posted on July 18th, 2014 in The Wealthy Spirit by chellie

    Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction”

    199-July 18

    “Your lost friends are not dead, but gone before, advanced a stage or two upon that road which you must travel in the steps they trod.”—Aristophanes

    I believe that. I believe we come to this planet to learn and grow in spiritual understanding. It is school. When people have learned the lessons they’ve come to learn, helped the people they came to help, they move on to the next level of experience. It is hard for those of us left behind to say goodbye—we miss them. We may feel incomplete or that we have unfinished business or just that we want to hold them or talk to them one more time. We “rage against the dying of the light.” But I don’t believe the light dies—it just changes residence.

    A lot of the people I have known and loved in this life have left this realm of existence. For me, they are still alive. I think of them as my cheering section on the other side. I envision them having monthly support meetings to talk about my progress and give me some inspirational pep talks in my dreams. (Sometimes, when I’m not doing well, I think they meet daily.)

    When I’m afraid or lonely, I ask them for help. “Intercede for me!” I cry. “Help me out of this mess!” I always picture them laughing when I do that. “Come on, Chellie,” they chide me. “You know better than that! You chose this. Choose again!” They make me laugh, too. We sign off with “I love you.” They are with me always.
    Love never dies.

    Call a meeting of your spiritual guides—from this world or the next. Ask for guidance. Look for wisdom. Pray for enlightenment. And love.


    Today’s Affirmation: “I am love, you are love, we are all love.”

    I went for a walk in the woods this morning, enjoying the crisp green shrubs and eucalyptus trees, the sharp sunshine, and the birds chirping in the brush. I walk before the summer camp Tumbleweed starts, and greet the horses chewing their straw as they await the young campers.

    I thought back to Camp Arbalado, a YMCA camp in the San Bernardino mountains, that I attended several years running for a week or two. I loved those summers! Making mom earrings out of manzanita and chartreuse lichen (she would graciously put them on and show me she was wearing them, and change them in the car before she got where she was going), catching lizards, doing KP after meals in the mess hall, and singing around the campfires every cool evening surrounded by my friends.

    We had a cheer as we hiked the dusty trails:

    Ma hee ma ha ma ho
    Ramanicka bomanicka
    Nit tat nat tat
    Soap fat rag
    Hobba gobba ricka racka
    Hobba gobba firecracka
    Hobba gobba razoon
    Johnny play your bazoon
    Sis boom bah
    Wanda witch
    Rah Rah Rah!

    Wanda was the Camp Supervisor and a darling. Everybody loved her and “Wanda Witch” was a term of great affection.

    I remember the frozen surprise of our counselor the day we dumped a pail of water on her when she walked through the door of our cabin. I remember the kangaroo courts where we convicted campers of crazy rule infractions and sentenced them to silly penalties. One day our whole cabin missed dinner entirely because we were sitting on the hillside at the camp chapel watching the shapes of unicorns and castles and Indians form in the clouds. Even now I can feel the sun baking my face and the breeze cooling the sunburn into freckles. The love of nature and boon companions echoes through the years to this day.

    Indulge your memories of places and faces of long ago and the joy you had once you can experience again and again. So much of this life is a great blessing.

    My daily prayer is “Thank you, God, for blessing me indeed, for enlarging my territory, for your hand always being with me, that I bring joy, light, love, peace, prosperity and happiness to all I meet, including myself.” (reworked from “The Prayer of Jabez”). I love my life, and so many happy memories.

    Choose Beliefs That Make You Happy

    Posted on July 17th, 2014 in The Wealthy Spirit by chellie

    Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction”

    198-July 17

    “Life precedes form and life survives the last atom of form. Through the countless days proceeds the life-ray, the one, like a thread through many jewels.”—The Book of Dzyan

    One lazy Sunday afternoon, I opened up my keepsake trunk and pulled out some of my old scrapbooks. Nostalgically, I reminisced over pictures of high school dances, dried flowers from the corsage I wore at the cotillion, drama reviews of plays performed, bits of cheerleading pompon. I remembered the hopes and dreams of the girl I was then and the fun I had dancing through days dappled with sunlight and shadows.

    The phone rang, bringing me back to current reality. It was my friend, Carol. When she asked me what I’d been doing, I told her I had been having fun looking through my “remembrances of things past.”

    “Ugh,” Carol exclaimed. “I hate to do that.”

    “You do?” I asked. “Why?”

    “Because it reminds me how fast life is passing and how much time is gone already. I’m getting older and there’s a shorter and shorter length of time left to live.”

    “Well, of course, that’s true. But then there’s the next life to look forward to!”

    “No, I don’t believe in that,” said Carol. “There’s only one life and this is it. I’m an atheist. When you die there’s nothing.”

    “Oh, I can see why that would make you feel bad. It must be scary, too,” I commiserated.

    Carol agreed that it was very scary—and depressing.

    “Well then, Carol,” I said, “I think you should change your beliefs. We are both experiencing the passing of time, but I’m happy about it and you’re miserable.”

    “But I believe what I believe!” she protested. “I can’t just change my beliefs!”

    “Sure you can,” I replied. “Look at it logically: If you’re right, when I die—I won’t know. There’ll just be nothing. But I’ll live this whole life happily, thinking my beliefs are true. Your belief, on the other hand, makes you miserable. And if I’m right, and there’s a life on the other side of this one, you’re going to be very surprised. And you would have been unhappy all this time for no reason. So the smart choice is to choose a belief that makes you happy to believe it right now!”

    I’m not sure she got it. Do you? Re-examine all your beliefs right now. What limiting beliefs do you have—about anything—that make you miserable? Find evidence to believe things that make you happy instead. You can believe that “the world is a terrible place” and prove it by example. But I can say, “The world is a beautiful place,” and prove it just as easily. For which belief do you want to gather proof? Do you want to think positive or not?

    Today’s Affirmation: “All my beliefs are positive and make me happy!”

    The 3 Aspects of Self

    I was on vacation in Bali about 25 years ago and had the opportunity to go parasailing. Part of me was excited to do it and part of me was filled with fear. It took me an hour to get up enough nerve to put on the harness and allow myself to be lifted into the air. As I sailed through the air high above the water, I had two opposite feelings simultaneously. “How could that be?” I wondered. How could I feel exhilarated and at the same time so scared?

    The answer to this question was recently revealed during a class I am taking called Awakening To Life taught by Craig Hamilton. He talks about who we are from three aspects: the ego self (who lives in duality), the Self with a capital S (called the non-duality realm, our divine, eternal, immortal, infinite Self) and a third self he names the evolutionary self. It is this self that the class is exploring and becoming more familiar with.

    When I identify with my small self, I feel overwhelmed, exhausted, angry, unstable, confused, unhappy and frightened. That is the part of each of us that has concerns, issues, problems, fears and suffers confusion. The part of me that feels exhilarated is my evolving self. That is the part of each of us that loves, laughs, enjoys, is curious and compassionate. Usually one is dominant and the other lingers unnoticed in the background. When I was swept up into the air on my parasailing adventure, both parts emerged to the forefront simultaneously. I felt the fear of my small self and the joy of my evolving self at the same time.

    The evolutionary self uses the human body to see, hear, smell, taste and feel the world of time and space. This evolving self is curious not afraid, excited not threatened, expanded not contracted, clear seeing not confused. When I identify with this aspect of who I am, I welcome change, have lots of energy, feel alive, care deeply, and am content to live in the mystery of not knowing what’s next.

    In class, we did an exercise this week in which I was guided to look at my current life from the perspective of my evolving self. I was shocked at what emerged. Instead of being overwhelmed by how many things there are to do, my evolving self saw all those things as opportunities for fun, miracles, aliveness, flow and got excited about taking them all on. It knows all things are possible; it has no idea “how” things will evolve but with all the excitement of a child, it looks forward to the adventure!

    I am getting better at calling forth my evolving self to be dominate and inviting my small self to linger in the background, be silent and just watch the unknown become known. It is a practice that only gets practiced when I become aware that my small self has snuck into the dominant position and my evolving self has silently faded into the background. When I hear the frustrated voice of my small self in overwhelm, I stop, shift my attention to my evolving self and ask what it sees. My bad mood vanishes and often I break out in laughter of the absurdity of the narrow view of the small self.

    This year life events have besieged me raising my stress levels and throwing me out of balance. Craig’s Awakening To Life class is helping stabilize me and getting me back on track. I am very grateful to be learning and practicing seeing the world through the eyes of the evolutionary self. I look forward to sharing more insights with you as the class unfolds.

    Until you return, fill your days with GIGGLES, JOY, and APPRECIATION!

    Sylvia Silk, D.D. Director of the Institute For Balanced Living, Los Angeles,CA, USA
    DoctorofDivinity, SpiritualCoach, ReconnectiveHealingPractitioner, Writer

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    The Businessman and the Wise Woman

    Posted on July 16th, 2014 in The Wealthy Spirit by chellie

    Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction”

    197-July 16

    “To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent, that is to triumph over old age.”—Thomas B. Aldrich

    “Getting old isn’t what it’s cracked up to be,” complained the aging rich and powerful businessman. “What’s left of my hair is gray and I have aches and pains I never had before. They never told me that.”

    “Of course they told you that,” said the wise woman.

    “No, they told me I’d have money, power and prestige,” he replied.

    “Well, you do have that,” she said.

    “But it doesn’t matter!” he cried.

    “Ah,” she said. “That’s what they never told you.”

    Today’s Affirmation: “I am young at heart, rich in life experience, and loving in spirit.”

    This is the Tao of Chellie in a nutshell:

    1. There are two kinds of people in life “Your People”
    and “Not Your People.” Anyone who mentions age, looks, height,
    weight, or any other non-relevant issue for not hiring you is “Not
    Your People.” Here’s the four-letter word to use in this
    situation: “Next!”

    Dolphins on Etruscan bowl

    2. Yes, there’s a lot of discrimination in business and no,
    the entry level jobs don’t pay well. This is the way it was when I
    was acting and clerking in the 70s and 80s and I’m hearing the same
    complaints from people now, so this probably isn’t going to change
    anytime soon. There are always perky young things who are willing to
    do anything for a foot in the door and when supply exceeds demand it
    depresses prices. That’s basic economics. Your only chance is to
    find an enlightened company that needs and values your particular
    skills – and is willing to pay top dollar for them – or create your own
    company.

    3. Women need to be more aggressive in the marketplace. This
    doesn’t mean you have to be a ball-busting screamer, but you have to
    learn to SELL. When I owned my bookkeeping service, I complimented
    the team regularly. Every time I did, within an hour, all the men
    who worked for me were in my office asking for a raise. None of the
    women did. I wondered why that was–I think it’s because in school
    you got good grades and pats on the back for doing a good job. So
    when we get that in business, it feels natural. We just missed the
    part about having money attached and that we have to ask for it or
    it is withheld.

    4. There are two tracks in every business – administrative and
    sales. The heads of companies always come from the sales track,
    never the administrative. If you really want to make money, find
    something you believe in and get a job selling it on commission. You
    will learn how to create money really fast! Getting someone to hire
    you and pay you the money you want is a sale. Asking for a raise is
    a sale. Asking your kid to clean up his room or your spouse to go
    with you to the movie you want to see – those are sales, too, and
    women are selling all the time. It’s a natural skill – just use it
    to make money and get the job you want.

    5. Success is a percentage game. There will always be a lot
    more “Nos” than “Yeses” along the way to success. It took me a year
    and a half to find a publisher for my first book, but I didn’t care
    how many “Nos” I got, I was determined to find a publisher who
    believed in me and my work, and eventually I did. The “Nos” don’t
    matter–only the “Yeses” do. You just keep going until the “Yes”
    arrives!

    6. AGE: I started my workshop business at age 42, got a
    publisher for my my first book at age 54 and my second book at age
    58. I’m 66 now and I’m not done. My third book, “From Worry to Wealthy” will be out next year.

    Are there people who will discount me or discredit me because of my age? Yes. Do I care? No.

    True self esteem is this: anyone who doesn’t like you is an idiot.

    A Home Office for Balance

    Posted on July 15th, 2014 in The Wealthy Spirit by chellie

    Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction”

    196-July 15

    “If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.”—Anne Morrow Lindbergh

    Everyone seems to struggle with balance—how to leave personal problems at home while at work, and leave work problems at work while at home.

    Patricia owned a “pet hotel,” a wonderful place for boarding animals. She loved her work, was consumed by her work, ate, drank, slept, breathed her work. Her passion was terrific and made her a great businesswoman, but she had trouble turning it off so she could relax when she was at home. It was beginning to have a negative affect on her relationships with her family.

    When we talked about this problem, we saw that she had a habit pattern of always thinking about work. It was her passion, but she needed to turn it off some of the time. She needed to learn to be fully present with her family and enjoy her time with them.

    The best way to break an old destructive habit is to replace it with a new constructive one. We decided to designate one room in her house as her imaginary “home office.” Whenever she found herself thinking about work, she had to stop whatever she was doing and go to her “office,” shut the door, and stay there until she was done thinking about it.


    It only took about two weeks for Patricia to stop thinking about work when she was at home. She would be cooking dinner, start to think about her office payroll, and have to go to her “home office.” She would be working in the yard, start thinking about hiring another employee, and have to go to her “office.” Her husband would catch her thinking about work and tell her to go to her “office.” It became frustrating to leave her home project and have to go to another room, so she would start catching herself and make herself think about her home and family instead. She began to trust that work was going fine and she didn’t need to obsess about it every moment in order to keep it humming. She began to live in the present moment instead of in her mind. The tension eased from her body, the worry lines disappeared from her face, and she had more upbeat energy when she was at work. She was happier and so was her family. Her income went up, too.

    As an actress, I was taught to leave my personal problems at the stage door. As workers, we need to leave our office problems at the home door. Create a space at home and designate it as your “home office.” Then make yourself go there when you start thinking about work. You will train your mind and spirit to be present in the same space as your body. Your mind will be where you are, instead of miles away. Your family will enjoy your presence. And you will enjoy theirs.

    Today’s Affirmation: “I relax into the flow of life and let my mind, body, and spirit soar.”

    Lupe Soto, founder of the LIPS (Ladies International Poker Series) tournaments wwww.lipstour.com, had a special “Secret Mission” during the Ladies event of the World Series of Poker, a couple of years ago. In the weeks leading up to the tournament, she and her sidekick Jaqueline Britton, gathered names and bodies for rehearsals. I was delighted to be included but then hurt my back and couldn’t participate, but I cheered loudly from the sidelines!

    Jennifer Winter, a member of our flash mob, shared this with us afterwards, and it is a perfect “Wealthy Spirit” story: “Ladies, a friend of mine wrote this after being inspired by our flash mob and I thought it was lovely”:

    Why I Love Flash Mobs

    Every time someone on Facebook posts a video of a flash mob, I watch it. And every time I watch it, I start laughing and crying. Why is it that watching this trending phenomenon elicits such joy in me? I had to stop and think about that.

    One of the reasons flash mobs cause me joy is because the are lavish, flamboyant, generous and completely unnecessary. Just like Christmas lights and flower gardens, they serve no purpose other than to give pleasure. And, like other unnecessary, lavish, and temporary joys such as ice sculptures in warm rooms and chalk sidewalk art on cloudy days, their value lies in the fact that they are temporary and unnecessary. They say, “I’m here for a moment in time to bring you joy. You don’t need me, you didn’t even know you wanted me, but now that I’m here, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without me.”

    Another reason is that I love surprises. Like a rainbow on a dreary day, these mobs burst forth unexpectedly. Henry David Thoreau said, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” The beneficiaries of a flash mob performance might be going about their daily lives in quiet desperation, but the flash mob breaks through that quiet and forcibly brings the song to them.

    The last reason flash mobs bring me such joy is the sheer heterogeneity of the mobs. They are the human spectrum, and while they are surprising crowds with their song, no one cares about their gender, religious or political affiliation, age, physical appearance, ethnicity or any of the other human differences that typically divide us; there are no “isms” in joy.

    Only one thing mars my joy as I watch these videos and that is the sight of those in the crowd who just don’t get it. While others are clapping, laughing, singing or dancing along, taking pictures, or holding out their phones to share the joy with a friend, these are the people who continue to shop with hardly a glance at the gift bestowed upon them. These people amaze me. How can they do that? What relevance can that jar of olives have when there is a rainbow in the room? I can only pity them because these are the ones who will “go to the grave with the song still in them.” As for me? Bring it on! My hope is that someday, somewhere I will be going about my ordinary day and all those people around me will turn into that lavish, flamboyant, generous and completely unnecessary thing called a flash mob.

    Cynthia Wilson is a free-lance writer living in Wichita, KS – you can contact her at cynthia.s.wilson@gmail.com

    The Second Law of a Thousand Times

    Posted on July 14th, 2014 in The Wealthy Spirit by chellie

    pUpdated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction”

    195-July 14

    “Just because you made a mistake doesn’t mean you are a mistake.”—Georgette Mosbacher

    The First Law of a Thousand Times is that we have to hear the truth a thousand times before we understand it. The Second Law of a Thousand Times is that after understanding the truth, it takes a thousand attempts to make it a part of your life before it works. After a thousand tries, you are finally able make the new truth a part of your life and you are changed.

    The process of change is often slow. It seems that we do what doesn’t work over and over, watching ourselves fail, before we get the glimmer of the idea that if we want things to change, we have to change ourselves—otherwise, they don’t change. Then we think about change for a long time, fearful of what the new challenge will bring, while the committee in our heads rages arguments pro and con. Finally, it hurts so much to continue the way we are that we make the decision to actually change. Next, we get to watch ourselves continue to be and do the old ways that we know don’t work. We feel powerless to escape the habit we have built.

    Suddenly, in one moment, we think the new thought and do the new action in a seamless, effortless triumph over our past. This happens around the 300th time we make the attempt. We feel how good the new choice feels and we celebrate that we have finally changed. Then, we backslide and do things the old way, again and again. Then, on the 551st try, we do the new change brilliantly once more. Now we’ve got it, the new feeling of the new way of being and doing is clearer. We slide back again into the old habit, but then we accelerate the number of times we do it right. We backslide less often, and succeed more often.

    Finally, on the 1,000th time, we’ve made the new change a part of our new selves.

    Be patient with yourself as you work on your changes. Bless the process, keep courage and heart in your spirit, and move forward. One step at a time. The 1,000th time will arrive.

    Today’s Affirmation: “I embrace changes that make me stronger, wiser, and richer every day.”

    Happy Bastille Day, everyone!

    Little Actions

    Posted on July 12th, 2014 in The Wealthy Spirit by chellie

    Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction”

    193-July 12

    “It’s no good running a pig farm badly for thirty years while saying ‘Really, I was meant to be a ballet dancer.’ By that time, pigs are your style.”—Quentin Crisp

    Your life is the sum total of all the little actions you take, your daily habit pattern. Successful people are those whose daily habits add up to something great. You don’t suddenly one day, write a book. You write a paragraph today. Then tomorrow, you write another one. And the next day, another. On a great day, you write a whole page, loving it. On a bad day, you stare at a whole page, hating it. But every day, your goal is to write; your discipline is to write; your support structure is to write.

    Don’t say: “I wish I could write.” Or “I wish I had time to write.” You can write—just do it; you have time—the same twenty-four hours everyone has. Nobel Prize winning author Toni Morrison said, “I wrote at the edges of the day,” before her children awoke in the morning and after putting them to bed at night. It was this commitment to her voice and her vision, carried out through little actions every day, that brought her world-renowned success.

    (Continued on page 193 of The Wealthy Spirit)

    Today’s Affirmation: “Every action I take today creates my glorious success.”

    Why a Chief Inspiration Officer is smart business

    When told they had to shave $3.8M from their budget, one thing the University of Idaho felt was far too important to lose was their $112,500 part-time Chief Inspiration Officer. As you might imagine, they’re getting a lot of pushback on this. But the Provost says, it is “absolutely worth the money. She’s helping us reshape our culture.”

    By “culture,” they don’t just mean happy people who like working together. They’re talking about a culture of purpose.

    So what’s so important about that? Well, let’s look at just a few ways developing a culture of purpose directly impacts profitability.

    BETTER HIRING A clear culture of purpose informs your hiring. You attract and recognize the right people. They are a good fit and improve your employee retention. Have you taken a look recently at the cost of replacing people????

    INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY People work differently when they’re working for a purpose other than their paycheck. Given a choice: someone who only cares about doing their time and getting the check vs. someone who only cares about keeping their job vs. someone who cares deeply about making your organization excellent. Which would you choose? People who work for organizations with a culture of purpose don’t just work longer and harder, they bring passion to it and care about what they do. You’ll see the difference in your bottom-line.

    EFFECTIVE DECISION MAKING Creating a culture of purpose is actually all about planning. You know how much time and money planning saves. When you’ve planned out a culture of purpose, your decision-making process is clear and universal. Decisions are focused and consistent. You’ll save massive amounts of time by avoiding delays and explorations of choices that have nothing to do with your mission. Extrapolate this to every decision maker in your organization and multiply by what they’re paid. Huge impact.

    QUALITY CLIENTS Think about your own product loyalties. Guaranteed, the companies you care about have a clear purpose. You count on them for excellent products and service. You don’t care about companies that don’t communicate and deliver on their caring about delivering something of value to you, and perhaps even something bigger. Why would you? Clients flock to organizations that stand for something bigger than lining their own pockets. When you stand for something meaningful, clients come to you, stay with you, refer you, talk about you, do a lot of your marketing for you, and pay more for what you offer. Any question this impacts your bottom line?


    GROWTH it ain’t your father’s economy out there. Growth today will not overlook a lack of vision and purpose. There is too much competition out there ready and able to fill any gap you leave open. Growth and the ability to change are the core competencies of success. If you want to grow you need them. And if you don’t want to grow, you’ll be replaced by someone who does.

    You need a Chief Inspiration Officer if:
    • There’s no sense of energy and purpose in your organization
    • Clients aren’t coming to you
    • Clients aren’t loyal
    • Staff won’t go the extra mile
    • You have a lot of turnover
    • Decisions take forever and take you down wrong paths
    Someone in the leadership of your organization needs to hold, clarify and communicate your message. Keep everyone on track. Remind everyone of your purpose, holding your vision. Facilitate agreements on how you make decisions, how you hand-off to one-another, who you work with and who you don’t, what you do and what you don’t do.

    But just having purpose isn’t enough. You need to communicate it. Cultivate it. Coach it. Design it in to each team member’s role and responsibilities.

    This is not “HR’s Job.” Slotting this into HR means overwhelming your HR people and overlooking the place it’s needed most and where culture originates before rolling downhill: senior management.

    You can call the role Chief Inspiration Officer, Chief Culture Officer Chief Purpose Officer. Call it whatever you want. But whatever you call it, get one.

    There’s a reason the brands you know invest millions in developing culture and purpose. That’s how they got where they are. And the companies that don’t? You probably haven’t heard of ‘em.

    Today’s Guest Blogger:
    Sharon Rich is the founder and Chief Growth Engineer at Leadership Incorporated. She works with smart ambitious leaders in smart ambitious organizations of $5-50M who are committed to growing the business. Her clients have a strong sense of purpose, yet aren’t making progress on critical high value initiatives. Sharon gets them clear, unstuck and achieving their objectives with confidence.
    More: http://www.leadershipincorporated.com

    Overnight Success

    Posted on July 11th, 2014 in The Wealthy Spirit by chellie

    Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction”

    192-July 11

    “If you want more, pay more.”—Stella Adler

    We’ve all heard stories of the “overnight success”—and the one, fabulous break that meant stardom for someone. What I didn’t recognize until recently was that there were usually many “lucky breaks” piled on top of each other, year after year, until the one breakout smash hit “suddenly” happened. In reality, it took them ten or twenty years of hard work to get to that one lucky moment. I thought it was just one lucky moment.

    Here are some examples of what I mean:

    From a very early age, Jon Bon Jovi wanted to be a rock star. He worked as a janitor for two years at his cousin’s radio station to earn a living. On the side, he cut upwards of fifty demo records in pursuit of his dream. Finally, his cousin agreed to play one of his songs, entitled Runaway, on the radio. It became an instant hit locally, and Jon hurriedly put together a band, then an album, and got a recording contract. But after two albums, some band members were still living in their parents’ homes, because they had no money. It wasn’t until their third album, Slippery When Wet, that national fame arrived and fortune followed.

    Sharon Stone worked in films for more than ten years before Basic Instinct made her a super-star. I imagine that she thought any number of the films that she made before that one might be her “lucky break” film. King Solomon’s Mines? No. The Year of the Gun? No.

    Colonel Sanders, of Kentucky Fried Chicken Fame, began his business at age sixty-five, after he received his first Social Security check, looked at the tiny amount of money and decided, “This will never do!” The only thing he could think of to sell was the great recipe he had for fried chicken. Over one thousand restaurants turned down his approach for a partnership. Then one said yes. Then another and another. Overnight success.

    Do you have a goal, a dream, a vision of the work you want to do in the world? Do you love it enough to devote this kind of energy, hope, enthusiasm, persistence, and dedication to it? If not—why not? There isn’t anything else to do. And tomorrow could be the day. Your lucky break is waiting behind the next daybreak. Or the one after that.

    Today’s Affirmation: “Today is my lucky day!”

    I was on vacation for a week and it was terrific! Every year in July, my friends in my home poker game and I go to Las Vegas, play poker, have fancy dinners, and all around good fun. My sisters, Jane and Carole, and their group of 10 friends have a Vegas vacation in July, too, and they often go the same weekend we do. And then, at the Rio Hotel, the World Series of Poker was having the Ladies Event, so all my women poker friends gather from all over the world to play in that. It’s just a ball hanging out with all my buddies in one place for an entire week!

    Carole, Jane, and me at Caesar’s Palace

    I didn’t place in the poker tournaments I played in, but I won lots of slots jackpots and had a ball.

    One year, my buddy Rita Baumer from my home game made it all the way through day one of the Ladies event of the World Series of Poker, and we were all excited for her. Throughout the second day, we got reports from her husband, Chuck, of how she was doing: “She’s still in but short-stacked”, “she just doubled-up”, “she’s holding her own”, etc.

    We got the call at dinner that they were down to 27 players out of 1055 and Rita was still in! We had to get down to the Rio Hotel and watch, but the taxi line was miles long, so Dianna suggested we get a limo – smart girl! We all piled in and raced to the Rio, joining Chuck “on the rail” to watch. We cheered for Rita for 2 1/2 hours and she finished 18th. A young man standing near us watching the play said he had never seen a more enthusiastic group of “railbirds”. Yeah!

    Vacations are wonderful. I’m thinking about my next one already – it’s great to have a plan to look forward to – an “I can hardly wait!” destination. Where are you going next?