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    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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    Have a fabulous day!

     

    Ten More Stupid Things People Do to Mess up Their Money

    Posted on September 26th, 2014 in The Wealthy Spirit by chellie

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

    264-September 26

    “Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.”—John Wayne

    After I was set to appear on the Dr. Laura Show, they decided to add another segment—they wanted me to do a “man-on-the-street” type interview à la Jay Leno. I had to think up some questions to ask people about money that they might have funny responses to. My research team of poker players came up with: “Whose picture is on the $10 bill?” (Alexander Hamilton); “What does ‘FICA’ stand for?” (Federal Insurance Constitution Act—this is your contribution to Social Security); “What does the ‘k’ in ‘401k’ stand for?” (nothing—it’s just a section of the tax code); among others.

    The day of the filming, I had to talk myself out of being nervous. I did affirmations all morning. I convinced myself that I was born to be a roving reporter, that I was a natural, that I was perfect for this. So when I arrived at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, I was ready to “act as if” I had been doing this a long time. I met the film crew and we had fun interviewing various people at the mall. After the first few “takes,” they asked me if I had done this before!

    Two days later, another “Real Black Limo” picked me up to film the show in front of the studio audience. Once more, I practiced affirmations and acted “as if.” Just in case we needed them, I prepared “Ten More Stupid Things”:

    1. Buy stocks on a hot tip from a friend.
    2. Pay $65,000 to climb Mount Everest. Best-case scenario: They’re hungry, cold, and in need of oxygen. Worst-case scenario: Death.
    3. Give their life savings to a con man in exchange for his “winning” million-dollar lottery ticket.
    4. Day trade on the stock market—then panic and sell everything at a loss the first time the market takes a dive.
    5. Buy designer water.
    6. Believe that a bank will loan them money just because they have a good business plan.
    7. Buy life insurance when they’re single.
    8. Undercharge for their product or service and “make it up in volume.”
    9. Save millions while living a lifetime in poverty, then die and leave it all to heirs who travel first class.
    10. Buy the cutest house on the block in a bad neighborhood.

    You’re not guilty of any of these, are you?

    The filming of the show went very well. Everyone connected with it was friendly and helpful. It was a pleasure. Affirmations and “act as if”—an unbeatable combination. Remember that.

    Today’s Affirmation: “I do a great job at whatever I choose to do!”

    My friend Gary Tharler sent me this note:

    The geneticist J.B.S. Haldane said that new ideas have four stages of acceptance:

    1) This is worthless nonsense;

    2) This is an interesting, but perverse, point of view;

    3) This is true, but quite unimportant;

    4) I always said so.

    And that’s how human beings work through change!

     

    Working for Less

    Posted on September 25th, 2014 in The Wealthy Spirit by chellie

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

    268-September 25

    “Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.”—Thomas Edison

     

    “Chellie, your workshops are always full! How do you do it?” exclaimed my friend, Marti, at the networking meeting. “Would you be willing to coach me on your sales techniques?”

    I said that I would be happy to, and arranged to meet with her. Soon after that, two other people approached me at the same meeting for the same reason, and I said to myself, “Sounds like I should do another workshop!” and the $ecrets of $elling seminar was born.

    The class was designed to be a three-hour session on Saturday morning, and I charged $65 for it. My thought was that everyone who wanted to come to my Financial Stress Reduction Workshopâ but didn’t like the $1,000 price tag, would flock to this class. I figured this would be an easy enrollment!

    Nothing could have been farther from the truth. I quickly discovered that it took just as much time, trouble, energy, networking and follow-up to enroll someone for a $65 class as it did for a $1000 class. Then I did the math: It took fifteen sales class enrollments to equal one financial class enrollment. So I did fifteen times the work and spent fifteen times as many hours to make the same money, plus I gave up my Saturdays. More hours—less money. Not my concept of smart. I had forgotten that another seminar leader once told me, “The more you charge for your workshop, the easier a time you will have enrolling it.” I have found this to be true. There is a perception that if it’s expensive, it must be good. I was either going to have to raise the price of the sales class, or stop teaching it. Since all the extra work was taking a toll on my time and energy (and I hated giving up my Saturdays!), I decided to put the sales class aside for the time being.

    Stop right now and do your math. Each task, each product, each business has a profitability factor. Look for the one that is taking the least time and bringing in the most money. And do more of that.

    Today’s Affirmation: “I work smarter and richer every day!”

    Once I had a client in my class who was a seminar leader. She complained to me that she filled up her 6-week seminar but she still wasn’t making any money.

    I asked her how many people she had enrolled and much she was charging. She said she had 10 people and charged $125.

    I said, “Well that’s not enough is it?”

    She said, “No, that’s the problem.”

    So I asked her, “Who picked that number?”

    She stopped in her tracks, looked at me and said, “I guess I did…”

    “Right. So pick a different number!” I exclaimed.

    People often charge low prices in the mistaken belief that price is the determining factor in whether or not people will choose to buy their product or service. But that isn’t it. It’s the value of the benefits provided and the urgency the consumer feels to have these benefits that creates the sale. As a salesperson, you have to get really good at helping people get past the pain of paying  the price to seeing the pleasure of the benefits they will receive after the purchase.

    Competition

    Posted on September 24th, 2014 in The Wealthy Spirit by chellie

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

     

    267-September 24

     “I love the winning, I can take the losing, but most of all, I love to play.”—Boris Becker

    Human beings seem to have an innate competitive nature. We love our games, scorecards, and winning. The world of football, baseball, soccer, tennis, golf—indeed, all sports—are predicated on the supposition that all people are not created equal, and we love to see the differences at play. Competition spurs us on to be the best we can be—complacency is not an option if you expect to be outstanding in your field. Or even in the field.

    A while ago, after receiving my second moving violation in the space of two weeks, I had to go to traffic school. (Oops, I had a negative affirmation in my consciousness that told me I was a bad driver, but now I am a good driver.) Traffic school was held at the Comedy Store, and a comedian named Dave was our instructor for the day. He understood the nature of competition very well. He divided us into groups and created a team competition for getting the most right answers as we studied the California vehicle code. We got extra points for creativity, so that perked me up. If we knew a joke that had traffic in it, we got extra points for that, too. The person with the most points at the end of the day would win the prize: a TicTac. Not a box of TicTacs—one TicTac.

    Amazingly enough, I knew a traffic joke: There was a terrible accident when the tortoise ran over the snail. At the hospital, they asked the snail what happened. He said, “I don’t know. It all happened so fast…” Bingo. Extra points for Chellie.

    It didn’t matter what the prize was—it was a competition and lots of us wanted to win it. Creating a game out of being in traffic school turned what could have been deadly, dull, long, boring day into fun. The energy in the room was high and eventually everyone caught the spirit. We laughed, we paid attention, we outdid each other trying to win the most points. Every so often, when the competition got a little fierce, Dave held up the prize and reminded us: “Relax! It’s just a TicTac!”

    Competition creates excitement. Hearts pound, adrenaline rushes, voices raise and everyone wants to win. Even a TicTac. Put some competition into your life—try to outdo your own best performance. Pick a prize to strive for. And reward yourself with it when you win.

    P.S. I won the TicTac.

    Today’s Affirmation: “I love to play, have fun, and win!”

    The Law of Karma

    Posted on September 23rd, 2014 in The Wealthy Spirit by chellie

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

     

    266-September 23

     

    “You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.”—Oliver Goldsmith

    It’s been said that whenever you point your finger at someone else, you have three fingers pointing back at you; that you can’t even recognize a fault in someone else unless you also have it in you. Just for today, try not to point a finger at anyone else’s character defect. We all have failings; what we’re supposed to be working on is our own.

    Yes, you may notice those sharks in the water and have wonderful suggestions of how they might change to become a dolphin. But if they’re a shark, they aren’t going to listen to you. They might turn around and point out some shark-like behavior of yours. And that tuna crying on your shoulder—when was the last time you shared a victim story of your own?

    Today, when you notice someone’s lack, limitation or fault, instead of pointing it out to them, or calling a friend to complain about them, look at your own life and see where you manifest the same quality. Then make your helpful suggestions to yourself, not to them.

    Ah. Self-improvement. The only improvement plan with a chance of success.

    Today’s Affirmation: “I am better and better and richer and richer every day!”

    One night, I when I got home from playing some poker and losing some money, I wasn’t very happy. I went over my losing plays and saw where I could improve my game, and tried not to beat myself up for playing poorly, vowing to improve.

    I checked my email, and to my horrible surprise, found a note from a woman reading “The Wealthy Spirit” who was depressed and talking about suicide, saying she had done everything she could to improve her life and nothing was working. “Well I have done all I can to make my life work…I wish the things I practiced from your book and emails had worked. They don’t…”

    Yikes! I am not a suicide counselor, nor a psychologist trained to handle people with depression that deep. I also didn’t know whether or not this was some new email scam that would result in a plea for money…I have to admit I was a bit resentful at having a stranger throw her desperation on me, like a high school athlete throwing a slushie on a “Glee” cast member. What? It’s my fault that she’s in the spot she’s in because the advice in my book didn’t work for her? I have to drop everything in my life now and try to help her save hers?

    I wasn’t in a good mood to begin with and her letter made me grumpy. I was aware that the letter I started composing from that reaction wasn’t going to be appropriate. I didn’t want to answer her from that place. I’ve found that the best thing for me to do when presented with a dilemma like this is to sleep on it, because I always seem to have more clarity in the morning…

    When I woke up this morning, I sent her my answer:

    No, clearly you haven’t done all you can to make your life work. You need to see a psychologist who is trained to deal with depression. You may have a clinical problem that no self-help can address. Have you done this?

    I am sorry you are in pain about your situation, but if you look closely, you will probably be able to see how you got yourself there. And you if you got yourself in it, you can get yourself out.

    Never make a permanent decision while in a temporary state of mind! Besides, taking your life doesn’t work anyway. I believe in reincarnation, so whatever problems you don’t solve this life, you just have to come back, set it up all over again, and solve it then. You don’t want to do that, do you?

    If you have a terrible relationship, get yourself to a battered women’s shelter like Haven House. Call a suicide hotline. Go to a 12-step program and talk with one of the leaders. You’re depressed, and we all get like that sometimes. If you’re reading “The Wealthy Spirit” or my blog, you know I’ve had some bad stuff go down in my life, too. I love what Mary Pickford said, “If you have made mistakes – even serious ones – there is always another chance for you. For what we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.”

    Eat some chocolate, take a walk on the beach, go volunteer at a soup kitchen like the Los Angeles Mission, or a children’s hospital, or a hospice and help someone who’s even worse off than you. That will give you some perspective.

    Good luck! The next time I hear from you I want a report of all the ships you sent out to heal your life. You can do it!! And you’re going to feel so good about it!

    Blessings,

    Chellie

    It’s a little “tough love” mixed in with a little compassion. I hope that it helps. But I’m not in charge of whether it does or not. I am only in charge of dispensing the advice I have, and since she contacted me, I can only assume that’s the advice she needed.

    I have endless advice, support, and compassion for people working to improve their lives. I don’t have much for people who give up on their lives. So if you want to be a Tuna victim and whine and complain about your lot in life, I don’t have anything for you. But if you’re willing to do the work to change it, I’ve got lots. Cogratulations to all of you who are reading, studying, practicing, and working on your lives. I’m on your team!

    The Workers in the Vineyard

    Posted on September 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”

    265-September 22

    “For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”—Matthew 7:8

    I love the parables in the Bible, the Sufi stories, and all the metaphysical teaching stories Wise and Holy Ones have shared with us through the ages.

    Sometimes they make me tear my hair out, however. The one in the Bible about the workers in the vineyard bugged me for years. This is the story about a man who hires laborers early in the morning to work in his vineyard. He agrees to pay them each one denarius. Later in the day, he hires additional workers and pays them one denarius also. Then, in the evening, when the day’s work is almost done, he hires some more workers. And—you guessed it—he pays them one denarius. I just didn’t get it. It just wasn’t fair that some people only had to work an hour to make the same money that the others worked all day to make. What was this about?

     

    Sort of like the story of the prodigal son, too, whose father killed the fatted calf in celebration of his return home, when the dutiful son who stayed and worked with his father the whole time never got such a celebration. Poor guy. Where’s his party? What’s the message here?

    To confess to you truthfully: It is only now, as I write this page for the third time, that the door to understanding slowly creaks open, and light begins to pour through the crack. When I began, I thought this story was about money and fair wages. But here is the truth this story holds for me now: No one is better than anyone else. Begrudge no one their denarius or fatted calf. Begrudge no one God’s mercy or forgiveness. Celebrate the return of every prodigal one. Rejoice that everyone has a denarius to spend. Welcome everyone to wealth, spiritually and physically, early or late. Who knows? The latecomer—the prodigal one—may be you.

    Today’s Affirmation: “I rejoice in God’s glorious bounty, in which we all share.”

    Today’s guest blogger is a dear friend, Beca Lewis, coach and author extraordinaire. I read this article in her  newsletter and asked if I could share it with you. Enjoy!

    Back From The Future Into The Now

    It happened again last week. I  got up one morning and my computer had reset its time clock to 2099.

    Everything on my computer was blinking in alarm because all my software programs, and protective services,  were completely out of date. To the computer the last time they had been updated was 2011 – 88 years earlier!

    However, obviously there wasn’t anything really wrong. It wasn’t 2099. The alarms occurred based on a false reading. No matter what the computer said, or thought was true, it was still 2011. Since this had happened before I knew what to do, I simply reset the clock back to now.

    So often, our personal lives are set in future-time. 

    Instead of being present now, our thoughts are in tomorrow, or a year from now, or when the house is bought or sold, the kids grow up, our parents pass away, when the job is gone; the list is endless isn’t it?

    With our lives set in future-time, alarms go off, or in our case, fear goes off, entangling our thinking in its web, and bringing future fears into the present and making them appear real.

    As a result, we are less and less likely to pause and observe our beliefs in order to relinquish any that do not match the universal Truth of Love’s constant provision.

    Instead we are inclined to rush around trying to fix or understand a situation that only exists because we chose to advance into the future rather than stay in the present awareness of provision now.

    This rushing around, whether it is physically or mentally, compounds the problem.

    If we are successful at “fixing” the situation – like earning enough money to be current on the rent, or appease an unhappy relationship issue – we may think that the problem is over, when it is simply dismissed for the moment.

    It is waiting the next time we future-project and let fear in the door.

    If we are not successful at “fixing” the situation, then guilt, anger, or depression might set in because we don’t know what to do and we feel helpless. This increases the fear because of our perceived inability to make things right.

    How I fixed the computer, is exactly what we can do when we find ourselves future projecting and feeling fear.

    We can reset ourselves back to now.  The question is how to reset – and to what “now”.

    The now we want to come back to is the present awareness of the constant provision that is always taking place.  We find that now of constant provision by calming down and moving our awareness into the consciousness of the present.

    Notice your breath, notice the movement of the wind, the radiance of the sun, the comfort of the clouds.  Listen to the birds, notice that they are always in the now, and are constantly aware of their provision.

    These symbols of constant provision only hint at the overflowing abundance that is present for us, and as us, in every moment – and we access it by slowing down and feeling its presence.

    Many years ago in a moment of complete panic as I future projected how our family would be able to live with no money; I stood under a tree and actually looked at it. I noticed how many leaves it had, its presence, and stability.

    I noticed the giving and receiving that it lived as, and in that present moment realized that all provision for all of divine Mind’s ideas – and that meant my family too – was always available.

    I still go back to a tree when I find myself out of the moment and into false human fears projecting itself as my thinking.

    Resetting ourselves back to current time takes practice. We are in the habit of not being present, of being too busy, of listening to projected fears and taking sides.

    This practice will remind us that fear has no more power to do anything than the computer when it is not turned on.

    Instead of the habit of future projecting, we can learn and practice the habit of recognizing that no provision has ever reached us without it first being a quality of divine Love. As we ponder this idea, we can see that this is the way to reset ourselves back to the idea of just One, present now and always giving.

    Let the consciousness of constant provision guide you as to what action to take. Follow the still quiet voice that leads away from the projected future and back to the solid foundation of now.

    This will take care of what we perceive as the future in glorious ways we cannot yet imagine, and will only be able to see as we reset ourselves back to consciousness and awareness of the  constant, eternal, unlimited Principle of provision provided by divine Love, to everyone unconditionally and at all times.

    © Beca Lewis 9/20/2011

    http://www.theshift.com/theshiftblog/

    Short Bio For Beca Lewis

    As an author, coach, and speaker, Beca Lewis is dedicated to bringing Universal Spiritual Principles and Laws into clear focus. She has been teaching how to do this in her system called The Shift® for over 35 years. More about this system can be found at The Shift.com. She is the author of numerous Ecourses, articles, and books including A Woman’s ABC’s of Life: Lessons in Love, Life and Career from Those Who Learned The Hard Way.  Her book Living in Grace: The Shift to Spiritual Perception outlines her complete system of The Shift®.  Her latest book is called: The Four Essential Questions:  For Choosing Spiritually Healthy Habits.

     

    Ten Stupid Things People Do to Mess up Their Money

    Posted on September 20th, 2014 in The Wealthy Spirit by chellie

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

    263-September 20

    “Money in the bank is like toothpaste in the tube. Easy to take out, hard to put back.”—Earl Wilson

    “Chellie, call this producer right now!” Felicia said. A producer named Lori was looking for a “money expert” for the Dr. Laura Show, and Felicia had told them about me.

    I thanked her profusely, called Lori, and faxed her my information. An hour later, Lori called me back and said yes, they wanted to have me on the show. Great! Then she said, “Think up something fun to do with Dr. Laura for six minutes. Call me back at six o’clock tonight.”

    It was noon, and I was leaving for Las Vegas at two o’clock with four friends for our annual Super Bowl weekend trip. This was a short-notice request, but at least I had more than the thirty-second elevator opportunity! I did some quick research on Dr. Laura Schlessinger on the Internet, and discovered she had written two best-selling books, Ten Stupid Things Women Do To Mess Up Their Lives, followed by Ten Stupid Things Men Do To Mess Up Their Lives. So I thought I could do a take-off on that: “Ten Stupid Things People Do To Mess Up Their Money.” I started writing on the plane. After I checked into the Mirage Hotel and joined a game in the poker room, I asked for contributions from my friends and the other players. Here’s what we came up with:

    1. Buy clothes that are too small because their diet is really going to work this time.
    2. Spend two hours driving forty miles to use a ten-cent coupon.
    3. Spend $100 to get a $30 tax deduction.
    4. Forget to notice when the 3.9 percent credit card goes up to 23.9 percent.
    5. Get a second mortgage to pay off the credit cards—then charge the credit cards up again, too.
    6. Believe they can make millions just working a few hours a week in their spare time.
    7. Spend $200 on something they don’t need but think they saved $30 because it was on sale.
    8. Marry someone without asking the amount of their credit card debt, school loans, alimony, or child support.
    9. Work twenty years at a job they hate just to get the retirement benefits.
    10. Buy the two-gallon drink at the movies so they can get the free refill—then spend the whole movie in the rest room.

    I called Lori on time, told her my idea and read her the list. She laughed, Dr. Laura approved it, and I was scheduled to make my national television talk show debut.

    I reached several conclusions from this adventure: first, you never know when your ship is going to come in, so it pays to stay flexible; second, it’s not who you know, it’s who knows you, so be sure you’re networking; and finally, help is available all around you, wherever you happen to be. All you have to do is ask.

    Today’s Affirmation: “I have control and power over my life and my money!”

    I have to sheepishly admit that whenFelicia first suggested I call the Dr. Laura producer, I “yeah, butted” her. “Oh, I’m not ready for that yet,” I said. “My book isn’t going to come out until next year.” Felicia was a little impatient with me and bottom-lined me with, “And being on television would be bad for you because…?”

    Well, I had no answer for that, so I made the call, even though it felt outside my comfort zone. Don’t we all do that? Drag our feet and “yeah, but” and find reasons NOT to act? I guess it’s just that hard for human beings to break from their routine…

    Not only did I have fun doing the show, got great experience, a good credit for my resume, and a wonderful clip for my video reel, but I got to write this page for inclusion in the book. And that paid off down the line when my book did come out, and the producer of the Dr. Laura radio show contacted me about having my book selected as one of Dr. Laura’s Book-of-the-Week selections.

    Dr. Laura had been bemoaning the fact that several of the books she selected as her choices hadn’t quoted her, and that gave Michelle the ability to open the door for my book, “Here’s a fabulous book that devotes two pages to you.”

    Dr. Laura enjoyed these pages and the book, and “The Wealthy Spirit” was chosen as a Book-of-the-Week and gave me a 2-minute testimonial on her show that has 10 million listeners!