âChellie, an editor is interested in your book!â my agent, Lisa, exclaimed happily. âI sent her a bunch of proposals, and she returned all of them to me except for yours! Now she wants to talk to you.â
My heart was thumping and my breath came fast. This could be the break weâd been waiting for. Lisa and I had been working together to find a publisher for my book, âThe Wealthy Spiritâ for over a year, through endless rounds of interest, rejections, almost-deals, and deals that fell through.
âDeb likes your book, but has some changes to suggest,â Lisa went on. âHereâs her number. Good luck!â
I tried to calm down and dialed Debâs number. We introduced ourselves and chatted pleasantly for a few minutes. Then I asked the fateful question, âWhat about the book do you feel needs to be changed?â
âWell, first of all,â Deb replied, âWeâve got to take all the affirmations out of this book.â
My heart sank like a stone. There was no way I could take the affirmations out of my bookâthey are critical in helping people think more positively about money. I believe that what we focus on expands, and most people focus on money in a negative way. The average person has 60,000 thoughts every day, and most of what theyâre thinking about money is depressing: âThe rich get richer and the poor get poorerâ, âThe love of money is the root of all evilâ, âThereâs never enough moneyâ, and daily doses of âI canât afford itâ. I believe you have to actively change the way you think about money in order to have more abundance flow into your life, and that means repeating positive statements about money every day in order to replace those old, negative thoughts.
So, thinking this deal was never going to happen, I quietly asked Deb, âWhy do you think the affirmations should be taken out?â
âChellie, affirmations are old news,â she stated flatly. âThere are 97 books on affirmations out there. I canât go to my forty salespeople and say weâre doing another affirmation book. This has already been done.â
âSo you think everyone already knows about affirmations?â I asked.
âYes!â she replied.
âThen let me ask you a question,â I said, âare you doing them?â
There was silence on the phone for a minute. I elaborated, âPositive statements, out loud to yourself every morning, about money specificallyâare you doing them?â
âWell, no, Iâm not,â she admitted.
âThatâs my point,â I said, âPeople know about affirmations, but theyâre not doing them. Just knowing about them doesnât do any good. Listen, why donât you test them? Iâll give you my list of favorite affirmations. Say them out loud while looking at yourself in the mirror every day for the next 21 days. Then weâll talk again in three weeks.â
Deb agreed. Three weeks later, she was on the phone saying excitedly, âChellie, this is amazing! Iâm getting unexpected money in the mail, people are paying me back loans I had forgotten they owed me, and Iâm getting bigger and better book deals!â
I asked, âSo can the affirmations stay in the book now?â and she answered, âAbsolutely yes!â
And thatâs why the book was published with the subtitle, âDaily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reductionâ.
Here is the list I gave Deb that day. Why donât you give it the 21-day test yourself and see what happens?
1. People love to give me money!
2. I am rich and wonderful.
3. I am now earning a great big income doing what satisfies me.
4. Something wonderful is happening to me todayâI can feel it!
5. All my bills are paid up in full and I still have all this money.
6. My affirmations work for me, whether I believe they will or not. (This is for the skeptics among you.)
7. A lot more money is coming into my life. I deserve it and will use it for my good and others.
8. All my clients praise me and pay me!
9. I am a money magnet!
10. Money comes to me easily and effortlessly, waking and sleeping.
11. I am now highly pleasing to myself in other peopleâs presence.
12. I walk, talk, look, act, think and am rich!
13. I am a winner--I win often, and I win big!
14. I now receive large sums of money, just for being me!
Wishing you peace, prosperity, happiness, and abundance in all things. You deserve it!
Â©Copyright Chellie Campbell. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Chellie Campbell is the creator of the popular Financial Stress ReductionÂ® Workshops, and the author of The Wealthy Spirit and Zero to Zillionaire, both published by Sourcebooks, Inc. She is one of Marci Shimoff's âHappy 100â in her current NYT bestseller Happy for No Reason and contributed stories to Jack Canfieldâs recent books Youâve Got to Read This Book! and Life Lessons from Chicken Soup for the Soul. She is prominently quoted as a financial expert in The Los Angeles Times, Pink, Good Housekeeping, Lifetime, Essence, Womanâs World and more than 35 popular books. For more information, visit her web site www.Chellie.com or email her at Chellie@Chellie.com.