Public Speaking without Fear

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 184-July 3 "Courage is fear that has said its prayers.”—American Proverb Most people are terrified of speaking in public. Their hearts race, adrenaline pumps through their systems, their hands shake, voices quaver. They’re afraid people won’t like them, that they’ll look or do something foolish, that they will be ridiculed and hence outcast. These fears flow through their minds and their bodies mirror their thoughts. At the networking meetings I attend, the worst part of the meeting for many people is when they have to stand up for thirty seconds and say who they are and what they do. I was no … [Read more...]

You Are Fabulous!

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 183-July 2 “People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and they pass themselves by without wondering.”—St. Augustine When you were growing up, were you ever told not to brag? Perhaps you were put down for talking positively about yourself. You might have been taught to cover your pride with a patina of false modesty because that was considered appropriate behavior. Unfortunately, that habit of “being nice” makes it really difficult to ask for a raise, ask for a … [Read more...]

The Leopard Slippers

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 180-June 29 “It takes two flints to make a fire.”—Louisa May Alcott Betty, a retail seller of miscellaneous goods, approached me at the networking meeting. Knowing I like animal prints, she was always on the lookout for the next leopard-zebra-furry gizmo to sell me. “I just got in these great leopard slippers—they’d look perfect on you!” she sang. “I’ll take them!” I sang back. Great transaction so far. Betty knew what I liked and looked out for me—I felt special and very well served as a customer. Then it went downhill. “Can you come over and pick them up?” she said. Well, she lived on the other … [Read more...]

Spend Money with Joy

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 179-June 28 “He threw his money about like a man with no arms.”—William McIlvanney When you spend money, spend it with joy. Spend a little extra on service personnel. Tip above the usual amount. You will create a lot of happiness for them, and you’ll feel good about it, too. Some people resent tipping, complain about it and are always cheap about it. I hope they aren’t surprised when they don’t get good service. It’s one of those self-fulfilling prophesies. Spending a little extra money—especially when you aren’t required to do it—can actually increase your income. I used to attend a weekly breakfast … [Read more...]

Going Shopping vs. Going Spending

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 178-June 27 “To pretend to satisfy one’s desire by possession is like using straw to put out a fire.”—Chinese Proverb A major “Money Malady” is “spending bulimia,” which is a habit pattern of buying things out of impulse, without regard to chosen spending priorities. For some, the buying habit is a quick fix to emotionally lift their spirits—it’s fun to buy a new outfit, a new golf club, or a new car and then have the satisfaction of the complimentary “oohs” and “ahhs” from other people. Some buy presents for others as a way of buying love, the emotional high is seeing someone else excited over a new … [Read more...]