The Balance Sheet


83 – March 24

“All my available funds are completely tied up in ready cash.”—W.C. Fields

The Balance Sheet. This is one of those important financial statements that bankers and accountants love. We need to love it too, because it is a snapshot of how we are doing financially at any one moment in time. It is basically just a list of the value of all the things you own, balanced against the money you owe to other people. This is its basic construction:

Assets (All the stuff you own)

Cash in bank accounts

Other cash

Stocks and bonds

Real estate



Art, Jewelry, etc.

Total $______

Liabilities (All the stuff you owe)

Credit card debt

Real estate mortgages

Car loan

Loans from family, friends, etc.

Total $______

Net Worth (Not as a human being, just financially) Total $______

(What’s left after you subtract what you owe from what you own.)

(Continued on page 83 of The Wealthy Spirit)

Today’s Affirmation:
“I accumulate assets that put more money in my pocket every day!”

When I have people in my classes start adding up their net worth, the tension rises appreciably.

“This isn’t reducing my financial stress!” they grumble.

“Not today, maybe,” I tell them, “but by the time you finish this class you’re going to be happy you’re doing this exercise. You’ll love counting your money when you have more money to count!”

Many people just never even get started on the road to financial health because they dread taking a realistic look at where they are now. But until you’re willing to look at the sum total of what you’ve been up to, you’re not going to know where you’re at. And really, hiding out from the truth just puts you under so much tension and stress. You’re always afraid that you’re seriously in trouble with the money game, and that’s going to affect everything in your life negatively.

Count it up! What if you’re better off than you thought and you’ve been spending all this energy and sleepless nights worrying and fretting for nothing?

I’ve had people come back to class after doing their balance sheet exclaiming that they had no idea they were doing so well – that their net worth was a lot higher than they expected. I’ve had people say their worst suspicions were confirmed.

It doesn’t matter what the number is today. It’s going to change for the better now, because you’re taking charge of it. You’re going to make new and better decisions about your money, because you’re working on it. I know you are because you’re reading this blog. Good job, everyone! Celebrate your richer future!

Hiding out from the truth just puts you under so much tension and stress.

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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