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    Pain-Full or Pain-Free

    Posted on October 8th, 2014 in The Wealthy Spirit by chellie

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

     

    281-October 8

    “It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.”—Claude Bristol

     

    In tears, Letty called me. A vibrant, happy mother and partner in her husband’s computer consulting business, she wore braces to correct the alignment of her teeth. She had been to the orthodontist and got bad news. Several things were not going as planned, and the orthodontist needed to do some major work on her teeth today. Although she was supposed to come to class this evening, she called me to cancel, fear projecting her into the pain, swelling, and suffering she expected to undergo.

    “Chellie,” she said, “I need some positive affirmations for this process! I’m so depressed and scared that I can’t get my mind on anything but the pain I expect. I know that if I expect pain, I’ll get pain. Help me!”

    “Good job, Letty!” I told her. “You have identified the problem and you know what will help alleviate it. But you don’t need me to give you the affirmations—you can do them yourself.

    “First, take a piece of paper and draw a line vertically down the middle. At the top of the left hand column, write ‘Fear’ and at the top of the right hand column write ‘Affirmation.’ Now start writing down every fear you have about today in the left hand column. Write until you’ve thought of everything. After you’ve completed the ‘Fear’ column, start countering each fear with a positive affirmation on the right hand side of the paper.

    “When you have written an affirmation for every fearful thought, fold the paper so you can only see the affirmations, and start saying them out loud, with positive visions of health and good feelings. Use the mirror technique, and say them aloud while you look yourself in the eye. Say them in the car while you drive to the orthodontist. Focus on them and your vision for your beautiful face with perfect teeth throughout the procedures. Every procedure is bringing you closer to your perfect vision. You may feel sensations as the doctor works, but no pain. And it will be fast and easy!”

    I have used this technique myself on many occasions and had pain-free medical procedures that I was told were going to be pain-full. I remember channeling my anger at having to have the procedure into a determination not to have the pain they told me I was going to have, so that I basically hypnotized myself into a comfort zone from which I refused to emerge. The energy of emotions can be channeled this way: Feel the power of the fear, get mad at whatever made you fearful, feel the power of the anger build, control it, harness it and then channel its flow to the positive vision. You win!

    Today’s Affirmation: “I am healthy! I feel fine and I feel wonderful!”

    Here’s some interesting facts about using social media:

    Facebook Statistics

    Do you post content on social media and then…hear crickets chirping in the background? Here’s an interesting study on Facebook pages from Facebook and journalists with findings about what gets commented on and what doesn’t. My favorite findings:

    • Posts with questions generate 70% more comments than the average post. Other top producers: clever language (120% increase) and asking for input (also a 120% increase). My thinking: these ideas are simple and can be implemented now. Major bang for our social media buck.

    • Passionate debates and touching emotional stories generate two to three times the increase in feedback. My vote: the former is easier to implement than the latter for B2B experts. B2C experts do need more emotional posts.

    • Checking in happens around the workday: morning, noon, after work, and late at night. My observation: those in the entrepreneurial space will find traffic on the weekends, too.

    Many thanks to Dale Collie, who graciously shared this study via SpeakerNet News.

    I think these points apply to books, too. I read many self-help books, and the advice is usually the same, you know. Only the personal stories are different, and when I read a new book, that’s what I’m looking for – engaging personal stories that illustrate a principle, not just another laundry list of “do this, don’t do that”. I want to know what it was like, what happened, and what it’s like now (that’s the instruction given to speakers at AA meetings).

    That’s the formula I used in all my Wealthy Spirit stories. I figured that a lot of people needed some help with their finances, but if I didn’t make it user-friendly through stories, they’d be turned off and wouldn’t read them. I thought if I make the stories interesting enough, people will get the financial points almost like osmosis.

    How’s it working for you, Dolphins?

     

     

    Ease on Down the Road

    Posted on October 7th, 2014 in The Wealthy Spirit by chellie

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

     

    280-October 7

    “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”—Leo Buscaglia

     

    The traffic on the roads in major cities can be a considerable cause of stress. Most people have heard of “road rage”—when tempers flare so badly that people do crazy things as anger overcomes normal sensibilities. When the flow of cars stops and it seems as if you’re in a parking lot instead of on a freeway, it is frustrating and you are helpless. You can’t get where you want to go. The anger you feel gets compounded when you see other people make stupid driving mistakes: They pull into your lane without looking, making you slam on the brakes to avoid hitting them, or they tail-gate and make you afraid they’re going to run into you.

    Years ago, a boyfriend developed a new attitude for driving the busy streets of Los Angeles. He had gotten into the habit of fuming over the traffic and this put him in a negative frame of mind each time he got into his car. A self-aware thinker, he noticed that the problem was his own and that he was the one suffering because of it. It was not healthy or productive for him to be constantly angry about a fact of life that he couldn’t control. Accepting that he couldn’t change the traffic situation in Los Angeles, he realized that what he could change was his reaction to it.

    It was up to him to project a peaceful and loving attitude toward driving. Instead of being solely concerned with himself and what he wanted, he chose to approach the situation from a desire to help others. He decided that he was in charge of his section of the road. It was his job to see that everyone on his section got down the road safely. This put him in a positive, helpful frame of mind. When someone wanted to change lanes, he slowed down and waved them over with a smile. When someone tailgated him, he moved over so they could pass him. He did everything in his power to make sure that other drivers had a pleasant driving experience while around him. If somebody did something stupid, he would just shrug and say, “Oh, well. I’ve made that mistake, too.”

    This new focus of helping others on the road transformed his driving experience to one of happiness and helpfulness instead of anger and frustration. Imagine if everyone approached traffic with this attitude! Try this out for yourself today. You will find that when you get where you’re going, you will arrive with a peaceful and loving frame of mind. You will feel better about others and better about yourselfInstead of “road rage,” you’ll have “street peace.”

    Today’s Affirmation: “I help everyone around me to joyfully ease on down the road.”

    Trade show and marketing guru Ruth Faller contributed our blog article for today – she delivers some great tips on how to keep your marketing fresh!

    Is It Getting Old?

    Off to the show again—your tenth show this year promoting your newest product. It’s the same product you’ve been talking about every hour of every show for the last few months. After a while you may feel like a robot, repeating the same words with the same tone of voice, over and over. Teachers, trainers and actors have this problem too. How do you make what you have to repeat consistently interesting and engaging?

    I will be speaking at EXHIBITOR2012 in March to CTSM candidates, event planners and exhibitors on the topic of Selling without Spewing, a topic I have spoken and written on before. As a first-timer at this conference I was required to attend a speaker’s workshop. Our instructor Dan Lumpkin said something that will stick in my mind. When he walks out in front of his audience he tells himself that he is presenting a wonderful gift that he knows they will enjoy. His presentations reflect his positive attitude. He has such a following that some people will take any class he teaches just to be in the room with him.

    Let’s go back to talking about your new product in your booth. Do you present your pitch the same way each time, with each feature and benefit in the same order? Something as simple as changing the order of the ideas can force you to present it in a more genuine way.

    Learn something about your prospect before you begin your sales talk. Begin with the one thing it appears they (not you) would feel is most beneficial about your product or service.

    Watch for body language and ask questions while speaking. Make sure they grasp what you are saying. Watch for social cues. Are they shifting from one leg to the other? Are their eyes glazing over? Or are they attentively looking at you and interjecting in the conversation? By allowing them to ask questions you will create interaction and avoid that robotic feeling.

    When getting ready to present something for the umpteenth time it is easy to fall into negative thoughts, dreading the repetition. Keep your thoughts positive. Experts agree that constant negative thoughts affect the way you speak and your body language. Positive affirmations can help. Try: “I provide fresh beneficial information to prospects and customers.”

    Visit the blog: www.RuthInTheBooth.com to see affirmations that will help you keep your presentations fresh.

    Marketing and trade show strategist Ruth Failer teaches exhibitors how to increase sales from trade shows and retain customers long after the event is over. For more information go to BestTipsOfTheTrade.com or RuthInTheBooth.com.

    Mind Is the Builder

    Posted on October 6th, 2014 in The Wealthy Spirit by chellie

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

     

    279-October 6

    “The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”—Eden Phillpots

     

    People who become very successful have a single-minded devotion to purpose. They focus on the positive goal they desire, not the problems to be overcome. The roadblocks just mean there’s a road on the other side. They focus on the road, not on the block. And they are very optimistic about the outcome. As Chesty Puller, an American Marine Officer, when surrounded by eight enemy divisions during World War II, said, “All right, they’re on our left, they’re on our right, they’re in front of us, they’re behind us…they can’t get away this time!”

    Years ago, a friend who lived in my apartment building was trying to lose weight without success. She came over to my apartment one day crying with frustration. She told me she was hardly eating anything and hadn’t been able to lose a single pound. When I went back to her apartment with her, I immediately saw the source of the problem. All around the apartment she had posted signs that said “You’re too fat!” “You’re as big as a horse!” “You don’t fit into your clothes!” Horrified, I told her to rip all of them down immediately. They were negative affirmations that kept her focused on the problem instead of the goal. I told her she needed to put up signs that said “You are slim and beautiful!” and “Your weight is ideal!”

    She said, “But that’s a lie.”

    I told her, “No, it’s just telling the truth in advance.”

    She giggled, and I saw her attitude shift in that instant. She now looked happy and hopeful, with a positive expectation.

    She lost five pounds that week.

    Today’s Affirmation: “I am slim, trim, and beautiful!”

    My friend and client, JJ Flizanes, uses the Wealthy Spirit principles in her fitness business. She has generously shared her information in today’s article:

    Financial Fitness = Wealthy & Healthy

    “Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin, as self-neglecting.”

    William Shakespeare, Henry V.

     

    On our pursuit to “acquire” and create an abundant life, I all too often see more people neglect the foundation of life- health.

    When we look at the principles of attracting greater abundance, as taught by Chellie Campbell author of The Wealthy Spirit, these same principles can easily be applied to our lives to improve the state of health, fitness and vitality.

    When someone feels good, they have more energy. People with better energy attract more positive energy into their life. Regardless what level your financial goals are, they are most likely higher or a step or two above where you are now, yes? Wouldn’t it make sense then that you have to be able to handle the next level physically, emotionally, and spiritually? Without growing yourself as a person to a higher level, how can we expect to receive at a higher level?

    In exercise, it’s called adaptation. Our bodies respond to the stimulus we provide and we adapt to be able to handle it more easily. If you want to get stronger, (or faster, leaner, etc) you must add more resistance or intensity to create a new level for your body to adapt to.

    Let’s look at Chellie’s 6 Keys from The Wealthy Spirit:

    1. Think Positive

    2. Send Out Ships

    3. Count Your Money

    4. Swim with Dolphins

    5. Survive the Storms

    6. Seek Balance and Enlightenment

    Now let’s look at how we can apply these principles to our bodies at the same time for more results, greater energy and vitality.

    1. Think Positive- on my 6 Week Beach Body Program, our first class is about Thinking Thin. If you think you are unhealthy, over weight, and sick, you keep attracting more of those things and your behavior does not change. “Thin and healthy” people actually view things differently. They can go to a restaurant and order a salad and really enjoy and feel satisfied. Thinking thin means you reach for water over diet soda because you want to replenish and nourish your cells so they can do their job. There is a different mindset to being “naturally” healthy and fit and practicing this way of thinking will affect your behavior and therefore your results. Click here to learn more about the 6 Week Beach Body Program.

    2. Send Out Ships: In marketing, this is taking action steps so that the more ships you send out, the more likely some will return with riches and spices for you. Send out ships for your body by using some of your 300+ muscles and 200+ bones everyday. You were born to move, not sit. Wake up your body everyday by doing something that is physical- even if it’s only 10-15 minutes. Walk the dog, clean the house, garden, take a class, dance around, climb the stairs a few times, etc. If you don’t move your body, it will not respond the way you’d like it to later. (or maybe even now!)

    3. Count Your Money: Count (or at least pay attention) to your calories! Calorie counting is not the only (or even best) way to pay attention to your food but it is one that gets results and creates awareness. You wouldn’t stand at the gas station and try to put more gas in your car then it needed, would you? It would flow out of the tank to let you know that it’s full and can not handle any more. Well your body “overflows” a little differently but it can still tell you when you have consumed over what you need to function. Knowing your body fat percentage and calculating how many calories you need to be healthy everyday gives you a BUDGET. Your body budget is really no different than your financial budget.

    4. Swim with Dolphins: If you hang out with healthy, happy people, this will rub off on you. If you hang out with people who overeat, over drink and never exercise, THIS will also rub off on you. Your energy will adapt to the dominant energy around you. Pick and choose who you spend your time with wisely. I have heard it said that you are the composite of the 5 people you hang out with most on every level: health, wealth and relationships.

    5. Survive the Storms: Follow the 80/20 rule. Health is a habit, not an event. What you practice most of the time will become your new normal. Life happens and can change your plan, but learning how to adapt and keep going is the key to success in every area of life.

    6. Seek Balance and Enlightenment: We are human BE-ings, not human DO-ings. Take time every week (if not everyday) to STOP and BE. Meditate, play, and rest. The more centered, clear, and positive you are, the more easily you can achieve any goal.

    For some free tools to help you get started on a physical, emotional and spiritual journey, please visit www.fit2love.info and www.invisiblefitness.com

    JJ Flizanes is the author of Fit 2 Love: How to Get Physically, Emotionally, and Spiritually Fit to Attract the Love of Your Life and Knack Absolute Abs: Routines for a Fit and Firm Core. She was named best personal trainer in Los Angeles for 2007 by Elite Traveler Magazine and is the Director of Invisible Fitness. JJ’s passion is helping men and women get results with their body and love on the outside as well as the inside. View JJ on video on YouTube or visit her blog at http://www.jjflizanes.com.

     

    Help

    Posted on October 4th, 2014 in The Wealthy Spirit by chellie

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

     

    277-October 4

    A man arriving in Heaven got to ask God one question. He asked, “The world I left had so much poverty, disease and evil. Why didn’t you send someone to help?” And God answered, “I did. I sent you.”—Unknown

     

    My friend, Gary Tharler, sent me that story. One day, he picked up a brochure advertising the “AIDS Ride across Alaska.” It changed his life.

    Gary decided to participate in the ride. In order to do it, he had to devote most of his spare time to training himself to ride long distances on his bicycle. He trained for an entire year.

    He said that Alaska was wild and majestic, and by the time he got there, he was well-trained for the miles and the hills. But no one was prepared for the weather. It was bitterly cold, and rained almost every day. The second day out was particularly harsh. They had to ride 75 miles and gain 3500 feet. After the first 20 miles, the temperature dropped, the rain turned to hail and then to sleet and finally, snow. He said that the advertised theme for the ride was: Impossible broken into I’m Possible. After that brutal second day, someone suggested a more fitting theme: I’m Popsicle. But they all kept going, lifting each other’s hearts and hands over the long miles, dedicated to completing the ride and raising money to stop a dreadful disease.

    When Gary wrote all his supporters to tell us about his adventures on the ride, he said this: “It is so wonderful and fulfilling to challenge yourself to something over a year. Please, go ahead…proclaim something. Get out that screenplay, those tap shoes, those dried up oil paints. Go public with it. Devote sacred time to make it real. Be laser-focused and yet enjoy all that’s around you, ride through or over obstacles but remember your humanity. Be great. The truth is, you can’t miss.”

    He wanted to raise $3,000. He raised $6,000. He was so inspired by this experience that he applied for and got a job working for the company that puts these rides together.

    Thanks, Gary, for your willingness to put yourself on the line for others. Thanks for the call to others to do the same. Success is yours. Ride on.

    Today’s Affirmation: “I have the heart, soul, and ability to be of service to all mankind.”

    Dear Dolphins,

    A friend of mine, Norah Walsh of Global Fitness, uses this line to begin her 30-second introduction at networking meetings – “How big is your ‘but’?” It always makes me laugh, and I asked her if I could tweak it to share with you…

    Because I’ll bet you’ve heard a lot of BUTS from your clients.

    You’ve worked hard developing your products and services. You do wonderful, creative work with your clients and get crazy fabulous testimonials from them, praising your talents to the skies.

    You’re excited and happy and want to work with more wonderful people! You send dozens of emails and newsletters, post on all the Social Media and related blogs. You network and pass out brochures and business cards. You give away free samples by the truckloads: consultations, speeches, e-books, audio recordings, teleclasses, video series, introductory programs, conferences, etc.

    Your services are great, your products are great, your marketing is great!

    All your prospects acknowledge that…and they really want to work with you…

    …and then they say it…

    BUT.

    “But I think I’d better wait until I have more money.”

    “But my partner won’t let me spend the money.”

    “But I have to get out of debt first.”

    “But I’m spending too much money now taking care of my (aging parents/young children/pets)”

    “But I have to get a new (website/brochure/computer) first.”

    Believe me, I’ve heard every BUT there is.

    So how do you CONVERT the PROSPECT into the CLIENT?!

    You have to convince them that the FUTURE BENEFIT of your product or service is going to be WORTH MORE than the PAIN OF PARTING WITH THEIR MONEY NOW.

    People can love you, admire you, think you’re great, and they’re really, truly, going to buy your products or services…”later”. Or “someday” or “as soon as…”

    “Someday” is not a day of the week.

    How long do you think they’ve been waiting for the extra (time, money, energy) to just show up “someday”?

    Let me give you a tip:

    More money or time or energy doesn’t appear in anyone’s life until they are willing to make the commitment to their next level of growth by investing money, time and energy in it.

    But studies have shown that people are twice as afraid of losing money as they are hopeful of making money.

    You have to be able to help your prospect to see beyond the NOW obstacle of not enough time energy or money to the FUTURE happiness where their problems are solved.

    You have to give them COURAGE to LEAP INTO THEIR RICHER FUTURE instead of hanging back in their limited present because of their FEAR.

    Can you do that?

    For years, I’ve watched many wonderful people with terrific products and services avoid anything that even hints of SELLING.

    Why?

    Because people do it badly. SHARKS use hard selling to convince people to buy stuff they don’t want, can’t use, etc. like selling refrigerators to Eskimos.

    Good DOLPHINS don’t want to pressure anyone into buying, they don’t want to bother people. So they make the opposite mistake – they don’t reach out to talk to people who are prospective buyers at all! But that’s TUNA behavior – waiting and wishing and hoping people find you and talk themselves into buying your products and services.

    If you don’t know how to help “Your People” past the obstacles to see the benefits of your product or service, you are leaving them alone in their fear trying to visualize that you can help them get what they need and want. They have to make the decision alone without all the information you can provide to help them make the right decision.

    And then it’s easier for them to just not make a decision and put it off until “later”…

    Can you see that NOT talking with them about this isn’t being nice, it’s preventing them from making the leap to a better future?

    Perhaps this is happening with your clients because you are doing the same thing in your own life.

    What is it you want to do BUT your BUT is getting in the way?

    If you’re happy with your current results, great! Keep on doing what you’re doing. I’m glad you’re happy, successful, and rich!!

    But if you think you could be even richer and happier – I’ve got a program that can help you achieve results like these:

    “Thanks to Chellie Campbell’s course, I no longer have the mindset that I am obligated to give everyone a deal! Best month EVER last month and already on track to beat that by another 50% increase in June. I’m doing the footwork and making those Gold Calls. Not so scary after all!” JuliAnn Stitick, Style Speaker and Consultant, 818-653-2101, JuliAnnStitick.com

    “You changed me – for the better. Where my business used to be 90% insurance paid, now it’s 90% full-fee private clients. I doubled my income in 12 weeks! Ka-ching! My clients and family love your books.”—Phyllis Chase, M.A., M.F.T., Radio Host, 310-402-8888, phyllischase.com

    “You’re one in a milliion! I have changed radically in my thinking since being in your class. The results are so evident to those who know me well, even my parsimonious husband, who has noticed my new enthusiasm for being actively financially responsible, is seeing a difference, especially in my bank account.”— Janet Cargill, 360 Image Consultant, 90-310-2148, jcargillimage.com

    “Chellie Campbell is much more than a financial coach. She is a dream whisperer. Over the years in taking her courses and participating in her mastermind groups, she has been a part of opening up my life to dreams I never even knew I had. I now have a life that is even richer and more successful than when I first met her.” — Linda Northrup-Schlueter, Northrup Schlueter, A Professional Law Corporation, 818-707-2600, nsplc.com

    The Financial Stress Reduction® Workshop may be just the guidance, support, and help you’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!

    I created the 8-week Financial Stress Reduction® Workshop to help people get the shortcut to making more money and having more time off for fun – everything it took me years and many thousands of dollars to learn. You can register right now at http://www.chellie.com/financial-stress-reduction-telecourse-information.html

    You deserve to be paid – and well paid – for the wonderful work you do. And you deserve to have lots of time off to enjoy your family, travel, nature, leisure, and the good life at the same time. My life’s work is to help you get it!

     

     

    It’s All Just Stuff

    Posted on October 3rd, 2014 in The Wealthy Spirit by chellie

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

     

    276-October 3

    It’s All Just Stuff

    “Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.”—Gilbert Keith Chesterton

     

    I was robbed at gunpoint one evening after work.

    It was dusk, about six o’clock, and I had pulled into my parking space in the underground garage at my condominium. I was about to open the trunk of the car to get some things, when I heard a deep voice behind me say, “Give me your money!” (This is not one of the affirmations I teach in my workshops.) My heart sank as I realized I was about to live out one of Los Angeles less desirable statistics. Sure enough, I turned around and there was this big guy holding this big gun.

    Well, I figured robbed was bad enough—I wasn’t going to go for murdered—so I handed over my purse immediately. Next he said, “Give me your jewelry” and I gave him that, too. Then he ordered me to lie down on the ground. I didn’t like that very much, but hey, he had the gun. As I laid down on the cold cement, heart pounding, a neighbor drove into the garage and scared the robber, who took off running. Whew!

    I dusted myself off and went immediately to the building manager’s office and reported the theft to the two gentlemen in the office. They were very upset, called the sheriff, and asked if they could get me anything. I said, “Yeah, honey, I need a cigarette! Mine were all in my stolen purse.” They bought me some from the machine in the hall, and listened to my story with wide eyes while I smoked it. After a while, one of them looked at me closely and said, “You certainly are taking this well. You seem very calm.” I said, “I am calm. All this guy wanted was my stuff. I can always get more stuff. In fact, I’ll have better stuff next week!”

    You see, several years before that, I was attacked at 3:00 A.M. in my bedroom. That guy wasn’t just after stuff. That was a different experience entirely. I actually was very lucky in that encounter because I was able to fight him off. But it made me really appreciate life and safety. I’ll fight to defend my life but I’m not willing to die for my stuff.

    I think this is one of the benefits of having had some bad experiences in life: You develop perspective. When minor bad things happen, I can usually look back and say, “Oh, well, I’ve lived through worse.” It makes me good at recovery.

    Today’s Affirmation: “All my experiences teach me positive lessons and help me grow.”

    There are just some bad, evil sharks out there. Last year, one of them called me. (Better a phone call than a man with a gun in your face, but still.)

    He purported to be from my bank and said they had a special deal going for their preferred customers, of which I was one. They were offering a special low-interest rate credit card at 1.99%.

    That certainly sounded good, so I said, sure, I’ll take it.

    He said, “Great! I’ll just need to confirm some things for our records.” He read off my name and my address.

    So far, so good.

    Then he said, “Now I only need your Social Security number to complete the process” and waited for me to tell it to him.

    The red warning light went off in my head at that point. I said, “If you’re from my bank, you already have my Social Security number.”

    He blithely said, “Oh, they have that in another department. We don’t share that information between departments, so I’ll need you to give it to me.”

    I said, “Oh, no you don’t! We’re done here!” and hung up.

    You see, I had just read a notice from someone telling people about this same sort of scam, warning that they would sound so smooth and professional, and since they already had most of your information, people were believing them and giving them their Social Security number. At which point, steal your identity and rob you blind.

    I called the fraud department of my bank and they confirmed the call I got was a phishing scam. Whew! I’m so glad I escaped!

    Dolphins, be warned. There are Sharks in Dolphin’s clothing out there!

     

     

     

     

     

    Philosophical Conversation

    Posted on October 2nd, 2014 in The Wealthy Spirit by chellie

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

     

    Philosophical Conversation

    275-October 2

    “Look at every path closely and deliberately, then ask ourselves this crucial question: Does this path have a heart? If it does, then the path is good. If it doesn’t, then it is of no use.”—Carlos Castaneda

     

    I had an interesting philosophical conversation one evening with a man I met in a restaurant. (Okay, a man I picked up in a bar.) I often get into conversations about the meaning of life and the nature of reality with people, since I think that’s one of the most important things to figure out while we’re here on the planet.

    I remember telling him about my philosophy of choosing beliefs that make me happy. He seemed to get hung up on whether my beliefs were really true or not. Since beliefs about God, religion, metaphysics, and the purpose of life tend to be scientifically improvable, I kept trying to explain that it didn’t matter to me whether the beliefs I had chosen were true or not. They had to be taken on faith, and I had just decided to have faith in things that I thought worked with a universal theory of good and made me feel good to believe them.

    After about an hour of this conversation, he finally understood my meaning.

    “Oh,” he said, realization dawning. “It doesn’t matter to you if your beliefs are true. It makes you happy to believe them and that’s enough for you. Is that right?”

    “Yes!” I answered happily. “That’s it exactly!”

    “I see.” We were quiet for a few moments as we digested our conversation.

    Finally, I asked him, “What do you do for a living?”

    “I’m a philosophy professor at U.C.L.A.,” he replied.

    I was sure he was joking. “You are not,” I rebuked him.

    “Oh, yes, I am,” he said, smiling.

    “Show me your I.D. then,” I said, thinking I’d caught him. He pulled out his identification and sure enough, there it was written on his U.C.L.A. card: Associate Professor of Philosophy.

    “That’s really funny,” I said. “I didn’t realize I was talking to a pro. How’d I do?”

    “Well,” he said. “I’d give you an A!”

    What do you believe? Does your path have a heart?

    Today’s Affirmation: “My beliefs make me happy and spiritually rich!”

    My friend, Sylvia Silk, posted this in her blog and it had me laughing out loud. Perfect for me to share with you today!

    My Next Life by George Carlin

    I want to live my next life backwards: You start out dead and get that out of the way.

    Then you wake up in a nursing home feeling better every day. Then you get kicked out for being too healthy. Enjoy your retirement and collect your pension.

    Then when you start work, you get a gold watch on your first day. You work 40 years until you’re too young to work.

    You get ready for High School: drink alcohol, party, and you’re generally promiscuous.

    Then you go to primary school, you become a kid, you play, and you have no responsibilities. Then you become a baby, and then… You spend your last 9 months floating peacefully in spa-like conditions – central heating, room service on tap, and then… You finish off as an orgasm.

    I rest my case.

    You Don’t Have to Know Everything

    Posted on October 1st, 2014 in The Wealthy Spirit by chellie

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

     

    274-October 1

    You Don’t Have to Know Everything

    “When in charge ponder. When in trouble delegate. When in doubt mumble.”—Unknown

     

    I used to think I had to know everything myself. What a mad scramble that was.

    When I was president of the Los Angeles Chapter of National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), I had to get over that idea—fast. There was just too much to do, and a lot of it was beyond the scope of my capabilities. I quickly learned to delegate, and to compile a roster of great resources—people who were terrifically talented at their chosen professions.

    NAWBO had an advisory board of politicians, business, and community leaders who helped with policy and strategic planning for the group. One evening after a board meeting, two of the advisors, a civic leader and a businesswoman who owned a multi-million dollar company, stopped to ask me a question.

     

    The businesswoman asked me a computer question. I said that I didn’t know the answer, but I knew who would know, and gave her the name and phone number of one of my computer consultants. The other asked me an investment question, and I said I didn’t know the answer to that either, but I knew a great financial planner and gave him her number. Then I was asked a legal question, which I referred to an attorney I knew who specialized in that area.

    In the pause as they wrote down all this information, I laughed deprecatorily and said, “I myself know nothing. I just know people who know.”

    I never forgot the businesswoman’s response. She said, “Ah. A true leader.”

    One of the definitions of the word “lead” is “to show the way.” You don’t have to know the way yourself. You just have to know who knows.

    Today, take time to ponder. Mumble if you must. Then delegate.

    Today’s Affirmation: “I am a leader and a way-shower. I help all around me find the right path.”

    I love this graph of success – one of my Facebook friends posted it one day. Isn’t that just the way the road of life goes? All twists and turns and detours and do-overs, backward and forward, up and down, sideways and everywhichways.

    When you’re in the tangle of it all, you sometimes despair and sometimes celebrate, but you’re always moving on.

    And that’s life, folks!

     

    Get Some Help

    Posted on September 30th, 2014 in The Wealthy Spirit by chellie

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

    273-September 30

    Get Some Help

    “Don’t be irreplaceable; if you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted.”—Unknown

    Aren’t you tired of being self-sufficient?

    Enough I say. Get some help.

    It consistently amazes me how people wear themselves out re-inventing the wheel. Over and over again. Like nobody ever had this problem before and you have to figure it out all by your lonesome. Who told you that?

    I admit it took me just about forever to figure this out. Now, every time I need to know something that I don’t know, I just find out who does know and go ask them. When I wanted to learn to ski—I signed up for ski school. When I wanted to learn how to market my business, I signed up for marketing classes. Several. When I wanted to learn about the publishing industry, I read twelve books. I’m still reading.

    One morning, I was taking a seat at a sales seminar, when a woman who had taken my $ecrets of $elling class sat down next to me. She looked at me, shocked. “What are you doing here?” she demanded. “You teach this stuff!”

    I smiled. “Yes, I do,” I said, “but that doesn’t mean I can’t learn something new that will benefit me and the people who take my next class. The more I know, the more I know I don’t know!”

    She nodded; understood. The seminar was powerful and informative, and, sure enough, I learned something new. I always do.

    Get some help today. Sign up for it. Read about it. Ask for directions. Take the shortcut.

    Then relax and let them show you how do it.

    Today’s Affirmation: “All the knowledge I need to be great is right before my eyes!”

    See if you can guess who said this (hint: he’s a famous actor, producer, director):

    “I was a baseball player in school. I had a good arm, I could catch anything, but I was having trouble hitting. I would be like, “I wonder if I’ll hit it; just let me hit the ball.” And then I went away for the fall, learned how to hit, and by my sophomore year I’d come to the plate and think, “I wonder where I want to hit the ball, to the left or right?” Just that little bit of skill and confidence changed everything.

    “Well, I had to treat acting like that. I had to stop going to auditions thinking, “Oh, I hope they like me.” I had to go in thinking I was the answer to their problem. You could feel the difference in the room immediately.

    “The greatest lesson I learned was that sometimes you have to fake it. And you have to be willing to fail.”

     

    Guessed it yet?

     

     

    —George Clooney

    A Moment out of Somewhere

    Posted on September 29th, 2014 in The Wealthy Spirit by chellie

    272-September 29

    A Moment out of Somewhere

    “There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world.”—Robert Louis Stevenson

     

    My friend, Sarah Edwards, co-author of The Practical Dreamer’s Handbook with her husband, Paul, sent me this lovely story:

    “I was rushing to meet Paul at the hardware store. As I charged along, I was oblivious to the sunny day and the crisp breeze around me. I was pretty oblivious to everything actually, except getting where I was going…until I heard the voice. A man was singing. The sound was so strong and deep and clear, I had to know, who was that?

    I stopped walking. My eyes were darting from place to place. I had to find the source. There! Sitting on a crate along the sidewalk was a very old man.

    “I found Paul and told him to meet me outside where I’d be listening to the street performer. And there I stood for the next fifteen minutes. But I could have stayed all day. His voice was gravelly and deep like rough sandpaper; then rich and smooth like molasses, and finally, for moments, rising so clear and pure as to seemingly be soaring on the wings of eagles. He sang song after song from some long forgotten past, coming from someplace within himself.

    “Clusters of people were walking by. Teenage girls, laughing and giggling among themselves. Couples fully engaged in one another. Families straggling and herding each other like a gaggle of geese. Old folk out for a Sunday walk. Almost without exception, as they approached, they, too, would stop, if only a moment, to search for the source of a voice that was singing to their soul…

    Continued on page 272 of The Wealthy Spirit

     

    Today’s Affirmation: “I listen and everywhere the voice of God moves me and inspires me.”

    Staying focused on happiness is so important – not only to our well-being now, but to our future happiness. It is in focusing on the good things and the feelings of happiness now that actually creates your future!

    Are you focusing on fear or faith? Remember that fear is just faith that bad things are going to happen. You can think up endless ways you can fail, can’t you? You can vividly imagine all manner of disasters, financial insecurity, loss of home, job, even life. Why would you want to put your creative mind on that?

    One of my favorite quotes is this:

    “The Universe is responding to you in your NOW.  So whatever you’re feeling right NOW means that is what you are sending out vibrationally right NOW, which means that is what you are attracting to yourself right NOW, which means your future is FULL of a bunch of stuff that is gonna feel pretty much like right NOW feels.”–Abraham-Hicks

    You see how it works?

    One of the things I use to stay focused on feeling happy now is to watch television shows that make me feel really happy.  I admit that one of my guilty pleasures is watching the singing competition reality shows – “The X Factor”, “American Idol”, “The Voice”, etc. Some of the singers are so fabulous, it’s a pleasure to watch them (it quite amazes me how much talent is out there). And on some shows they have their family and friends waiting backstage in hopeful expectation, and when the audience goes crazy and screams and applauds, and rises to their feets to acclaim them, their families cry and jump for joy and hug each other and cry. And I cry with them – happy tears! – as they watch their wildest dreams come true. I share in their joy! It is awesome and wonderful – all dolphins know this feeling of joy on behalf of others.

    You’ll have another chance next week to participate vicariously in such happiness – watch the shows. Celebrate the winning of others and you’ll find more winning happening in your life, too. Transfer all those happy feelings into your visualization of your successes!

    Happiness, joy, prosperity, success, and love are waiting for you. Believe it!!

    Marge Morning

    Posted on September 27th, 2014 in The Wealthy Spirit by chellie

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

    270-September 27

    “You must lose a fly to catch a trout.”—George Herbert

    Marge Thompson is my bookkeeper. She is a smart businesswoman from Central America with one of those melodious honey voices that lulls you just listening to her. An ace bookkeeper, she efficiently crunches all my numbers one morning per month. I look forward to “Marge Morning.” I feel quite pampered when she comes, especially since I’m a bookkeeper myself. I could certainly do my own books and save money—right?

    Wrong. My goal, my mission is to help people make more money and have more time off for fun. Performing tasks like bookkeeping or house cleaning are off-purpose to that mission. They are subsidiary activities that cost me time and energy away from my purpose. I always tell people the workshop business is a simple one consisting of only three main tasks: 1) network to find people who are interested in the class, 2) call the people and enroll them in the class, and 3) teach the class. Everything else is of minor importance.

    I hired Marge when I saw I was dreading bookkeeping day—and that it was keeping me off of the telephone talking with people, which is my primary task. So I decided to shell out the money to have it done for me. It seemed like a big luxury at the time, and I was a little nervous. My demon voice told me I was being ridiculous, that I could do this work so I should do it.

    The first day Marge came to do my bookkeeping, I took my phone into the bedroom and enrolled two people in my class during the four hours she was here. That’s one thousand dollars times two, which means I made two thousand dollars. I paid Marge two hundred dollars, so I figure I made a profit of eighteen hundred dollars from hiring a bookkeeper, a decision which at first glance looked like it would cost me two hundred dollars.

    The next time she came, I took a nap. The profit I made from that activity is less obvious, but a profit nonetheless. I had started to get into overwhelm and overwork, which leads to burnout. I had networked morning, noon, and night, given speeches, coached people, and made call after call on the golden phone. Money was great, but my number one piece of business equipment—my body—was shot. Burnout was approaching. It’s hard to look successful when you’re tired! So I put my body in the body shop—my bed. I used my “Marge Morning” to nurture myself, relax and replenish my energy. That, too, is profitable for me.

    Marge is not a luxury. She is a necessity. And she always makes me money!

    You might want to look for a Marge yourself.

    Today’s Affirmation: “The more I delegate the more money I make!”

    George Clooney’s Big Success Secret Revealed

    George Clooney knows the secret to success.

    I’m always reading biographies of successful people looking for clues, and George gave a very important piece in an interview:

    “I was a baseball player in school. I had a good arm, I could catch anything, but I was having trouble hitting. I would be like, ‘I wonder if I’ll hit it; just let me hit the ball.’ And then I went away for the fall, learned how to hit, and by my sophomore year I’d come to the plate and think, ‘I wonder where I want to hit the ball, to the left or right?’ Just that little bit of skill and confidence changed everything.

    “Well, I had to treat acting like that. I had to stop going to auditions thinking, ‘Oh, I hope they like me.’ I had to go in thinking I was the answer to their problem. You could feel the difference in the room immediately.”

    Now, you may not be an actor, sports figure, or other celebrity. But wouldn’t YOU like to be a STAR in your field?

    You already have everything it takes – there’s just a few little tweaks that will put you over the top!

     

    Marilyn Monroe knew it. She and her friend, Susan Strasberg, were walking down a New York Street one afternoon and no one was paying them any attention at all. Susan remarked how strange it was that no one noticed the famous movie star Marilyn Monroe was right in their midst. Marilyn turned to her and said, “Oh, you want to see me be her?”

    Marilyn straightened up, threw her head back, smiled, and lit up the street with charisma. Suddenly, heads started turning, people pointed and the crowd rushed to surround the star!

    Now, I’m not saying you should try to be Marilyn Monroe. Or George Clooney, either. Trying to copy someone else is the biggest mistake you can make. But you can turn heads with your own brand of charisma, and attract the people who need, want, and can benefit from what you have to offer.

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