Month: May 2011

Choices

Today’s Affirmation: “I choose my favorite treasures from life’s overflowing treasury.” Never before have human beings had as many choices as those presented in our modern society. The train, the steam ship, the automobile, and the airplane have made travel accessible to the masses. With mobility come broader perspectives and new choices: You can live anywhere, choose any career, meet anyone. Today you can pack up and move to New York, Chicago, Orlando, Kansas City, or a farm in Montana. You can learn to sail, write a book, produce a movie, adopt a child. We yearn for the excitement of the new challenge and play with the fantasies of what might be, what could be, if we would just go for it.

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The Son of Jaws Meets the Bride of Tuna

Today’s Affirmation: “I am safe in the lap of luxury.” “Easy money!” The ads seem to scream. “Work at home part-time and make thousands of dollars!” Solicitations arrive in the mail: “You’re already a winner of one of these four fabulous prizes: a new car, a new television, a new stereo, or luggage. Send your check for $39.95 shipping and handling to….” Of course you get the luggage—a plastic little fold-up airline bag worth $1.49. I know because I fell for that one.

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The Chinese Version of Heaven and Hell

Today’s Affirmation: “As I give to others from my abundance, I give to myself as well.” In the Chinese vision of Hell, many people are seated around a large table. The table is laden with fine food, piled high in the middle of the table, looking scrumptious and smelling delicious. At each place setting, there is a set of very long chopsticks with which each person can reach the food in the middle. But the chopsticks are too long for the people to be able to get the food into their mouths. So they are all wailing, angry and starving.

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Tax Advice

“I happily pay my fair share to help my government run efficiently and effectively.” I never had a tax preparer that didn’t save me more money on my taxes than his or her fee cost me. In The Millionaire Next Door, authors Stanley and Danko outline many areas where the typical millionaire saves money, buying second-hand cars, resoling their shoes, etc. “But they are not nearly as price-sensitive when it comes to purchasing investment advice and services, accounting services, tax advice, legal services, medical and dental care for themselves and family members, educational products and homes.”

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Taxes

Today’s Affirmation: “I choose beliefs that make me happy.” Oh, no! I had inadvertently sat next to one of the “Ain’t It Awful” people. I put up my mental shield so that I wouldn’t take in the negative energy, and waited for him to wind down a little. I could tell he was upset and needed to vent, so saying anything but “Hmm” was useless at the moment. Until he was done, he wasn’t going to be able to hear anything I said.

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The Leopard Comforter

Today’s Affirmation: “I buy my perfect treasures at perfect prices!” The saleswoman I had talked to was clearly not interested in helping me. She was one of those people I call “bench warmers”—there to put in the hours required, doing as little as possible while they are there. They don’t care about their work or you. I knew I needed a different kind of salesperson. Did one exist in this store?

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Whose Advice Are You Taking?

Today’s Affirmation: “I am successful and earning more and more money every day!” Jeff said that based on his research, $75 per hour was too high, and he should only charge $50 per hour. He seemed resigned about it. I asked him who he had contacted about pricing—was he talking to people who owned successful recording studios or people who were struggling? I saw a wave of understanding wash over his face as he thought back to the people he had talked to—they were all people he knew who were struggling!

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Pick Your Price

Today’s Affirmation: “I love to ask for money!” Whether you work for yourself and have many clients who pay you, or you have one major client (i.e., you have a full-time job), you have to decide on the price you want to be paid and feel comfortable asking for the money before you can get it.

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Tunas Can Learn

Today’s Affirmation: “I am paid very handsomely because I’m worth it!” Grumbling about the state of my finances, one day I said to her, “I’m not making enough money. I’m going to ask for a raise!” “Is that right?” she said. A chill went through me and I spilled my coffee. You see, Jennifer only said “Is that right?” whenever someone said something particularly stupid.

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You Already Own Your Own Business

Today’s Affirmation: “I run the successful and profitable company of Me, Inc.!” Each night, the little spider at my front gate works busily, weaving his web. But very morning, I break his web apart. I’m sure he whines, “Why does this always happen to me? I work as hard as any other spider I know. I’m so unlucky! It’s not fair!”

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