Ballet Lessons

“I write only when I’m inspired. Fortunately, I’m inspired at 9 o’clock every morning.”—William Faulkner

“I’m sorry I haven’t paid you yet,” my former student wailed, “but the job I told you about fell through. I don’t know why it’s so hard to find the right position!”

I calmed her down and let her tell me her sad story of lost opportunities. “Just one more thing,” I said as we were about to hang up the phone, “Are you still doing your affirmations?”

“Well, no,” she said. “I’ve just been too depressed.”

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had similar conversations with past participants of my workshops. Things are going along great, they’re practicing their affirmations, sending out ships and counting the money as it rolls in. Then somewhere, somehow, they get busy and skip a day’s affirmations. Then two. Then two weeks. By that time they’re out of the habit and the old negative voice pipes up once more. A ship sinks in the harbor and the bad news broadcasts loudly in their minds. Fear and anxiety gather like a boa constrictors around their throats. Everything starts going wrong. The car breaks down; the baby sitter quits; the company downsizes their paycheck or their job.

It reminds me of the dancer’s life. No matter how famous, successful, brilliant, and accomplished, great dancers take class and practice every day. Baryshnikov, Nureyev, Fonteyn—all the great stars, stood at the barre with beginners and performed their dancer’s ritual. Their rule was that if you missed class one day, you could tell. If you missed two days, the other dancers could tell. But if you missed three days, the audience could tell.

In the same way, daily practice of your prosperity affirmations is required for abundance maintenance. It must be developed as a habit as necessary as brushing your teeth. If you miss a day, you will be able to tell. If you miss two days, your bank account can tell. And if you miss three days, your ships can tell and they sail into someone else’s harbor. Let your affirmations shine the way home to guide your ships to your shore.

Today’s Affirmation:
“My net worth and my self worth are rising every day!”


I was delighted when I walked into the networking meeting and saw one of my old students, Eric, an attorney, who I hadn’t seen for a couple of years.

“Eric, darling,” I exclaimed, “It’s great to see you!”

“Good to see you, too, Chellie,” he replied wanly. I could tell something was wrong.

“How are you doing these days?” I asked in a low voice. We were standing apart from the crowd so I thought we might talk truthfully.

“Honestly, I’m not doing so well,” he said. “Business is slower than usual, and my collections are down. I just don’t know what to do.”

“Are you still doing your affirmations? I asked. That’s always my first question.

He hesitated, then admitted, “Well, no, I’m not.”

“That would be my first suggestion, Eric,” I said gently. “You’ve got to get yourself back in a positive frame of mind. It will change your energy, your posture, your expression, and your expectation of good things happening for you. Watch and see.”

“You’re right,” he agreed. “I guess I just got out of the habit. I will start again today.”

He called me one week later, completely energized and happy.

“Chellie, the affirmations are truly amazing. I received $6,000 this week and $4,000 of it was completely unexpected! You’ve got to tell everyone these affirmations really work!”

Yes, Eric, I keep doing that everywhere I go…he who has ears let him hear.

No matter how famous, successful, brilliant, and accomplished, great dancers take class and practice every day.

Prosperity is a habit. You have to practice it every day.

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Chellie Campbell is a Financial Stress Reduction® Coach and the author of The Wealthy Spirit, Zero to Zillionaire, and From Worry to Wealthy. She is one of Marci Shimoff's “Happy 100” in her NYT bestseller Happy for No Reason and contributed stories to Jack Canfield’s books You’ve Got to Read This Book! and Life Lessons from Chicken Soup for the Soul. Past president of the LA Chapter NAWBO, she was "Most Inspirational Speaker" by Women in Management and "Speaker of the Year" by the Association of Women Entrepreneurs. She does daily inspirational videos in The Wealthy Spirit Group on Facebook.

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