Facts or Excuses?

208 – July 27

“You can make money or you can make excuses—you can’t make both.”—Unknown

Sometimes the excuses are stated subtly, as though they were facts. This makes it difficult to tell that it’s really an excuse used to justify someone’s behavior. One summer afternoon, I was talking to a seminar leader, Mary, who had a successful business. She told me she was doing a lot of traveling and writing at the time, because everyone knew that the seminar business was dead in the summer.

I looked at her, shocked: “I didn’t know that!” I exclaimed.

She looked at me quizzically. “You mean your business doesn’t slow down in the summer?” she asked.

“No,” I replied. “It’s a good thing, too, because I have to eat in the summertime!”

“What about during the holidays?” she asked. “Surely you don’t get enrollments between Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day?”

“Now that I difficulty I recognize,” I acknowledged. “People tend to use the holidays as an excuse to cut back on their activities and wait until next year to do anything new. So I tried to think if there were any reasons why someone might want to take a money management class during the holiday season.

“I ask them if their work is slower during the holidays. If the answer is yes, then I ask if this slow period might be a good time to do a course, since they’ll have extra time on their hands. I ask if they often overspend at Christmas, and if that answer is yes, I suggest that this might be a perfect time to take a workshop that could coach you not to do that, pay off your debts, and start the New Year off right with a new attitude about attracting wealth and money. I’ve found that if you get the specific problems of the season working for you instead of against you, you’ll make a lot of money during a time when your competition thinks you can’t make any!

“But I never heard that the seminar business was slow during the summer, so I never experienced it. Who told you that?”

She didn’t remember who it was—probably the anonymous “They.” Be careful of buying into beliefs because“They say.” “They say” doesn’t pay.

Today’s Affirmation:
“All the time is a great time for me to succeed!”

The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction
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I once had a magnificent, magical session with a wonderful Transformational Coach/Consultant, Georgina Lindsey during which I was able to lay down a suitcase of sorrows I had been lugging around for oh, so many years. What a relief to let go of that ton-of-bricks burden! Oh, perhaps I still have some spider-web strands of attachment to it, but they are breaking one by one as I write this…

Have you experienced this kind of breakthrough knowing and change? Since you’re a dolphin on my list, I’ll bet you have. It is through these understandings of the world we have created for ourselves that we see that our journey is our choice and that at any time we can choose to choose again.

The entire journey to her was Spirit-led. I got home from a family dinner on a Sunday night and stood in my front garden gazing at the moon, when a handsome neighbor on a walk passed by and said hello. I smiled and chatted with him a short while, and he introduced himself, “I’m Peter,” and I said, “I’m Chellie.”

He cocked his head and said, “Chellie?” and spelled it correctly – “C-h-e-l-l-i-e?”

“Why, yes!” I said, surprised that he knew the spelling.

“Is your last name Campbell?”

I gaped at him. “How did you know that?”

“You wrote ‘The Wealthy Spirit’, he said, smiling. “Your book is on my dining table right now. My coach, Georgina, gave it to me to read.”

We met for coffee later and he told me that he had been asking God for a sign about a problem when he went for that walk and just by chance ran into me that night. He’s lived down the street from me for 17 years and we had never run into each other before.

He introduced me to Georgina and that led to my working with her, because I, too, had been looking for answers to a problem.

How amazing is that?

Teachers are all around us. Ask God for a sign. Listen and learn and life will get better for you on the road to happy destiny.

Perhaps this email today is a sign for someone. If any of you are ready to explore the ideas and beliefs you hold about prosperity and abundance, life and money and how changing them might lead you to a richer and happier life, I am here for you.

For all of you reading this, I hold a vision for your prosperity in all things.

Love and blessings,

It is through these understandings of the world we have created for ourselves that we see that our journey is our choice and that at any time we can choose to choose again.

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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