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.
“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.”
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!”