“Chellie, an editor is interested in your book!” my agent, Lisa, exclaimed happily. “I sent her a bunch of proposals, and she returned all of them to me except for yours! Now she wants to talk to you.”
My heart was thumping and my breath came fast. This could be the break we’d been waiting for. Lisa and I had been working together to find a publisher for my book, “The Wealthy Spirit” for over a year, through endless rounds of interest, rejections, almost-deals, and deals that fell through.
“Deb likes your book, but has some changes to suggest,” Lisa went on. “Here’s her number. Good luck!”
I tried to calm down and dialed Deb’s number. We introduced ourselves and chatted pleasantly for a few minutes. Then I asked the fateful question, “What about the book do you feel needs to be changed?”
“Well, first of all,” Deb replied, “We’ve got to take all the affirmations out of this book.”
My heart sank like a stone. There was no way I could take the affirmations out of my book—they 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 they’re thinking about money is depressing: “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer”, “The love of money is the root of all evil”, “There’s never enough money”, and daily doses of “I can’t afford it”. 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, “Why do you think the affirmations should be taken out?”
“Chellie, affirmations are old news,” she stated flatly. “There are 97 books on affirmations out there. I can’t go to my forty salespeople and say we’re doing another affirmation book. This has already been done.”
“So you think everyone already knows about affirmations?” I asked.
“Yes!” she replied.
“Then let me ask you a question,” I said, “are you doing them?”
There was silence on the phone for a minute. I elaborated, “Positive statements, out loud to yourself every morning, about money specifically—are you doing them?”
“Well, no, I’m not,” she admitted.
“That’s my point,” I said, “People know about affirmations, but they’re not doing them. Just knowing about them doesn’t do any good. Listen, why don’t you test them? I’ll 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 we’ll talk again in three weeks.”
Deb agreed. Three weeks later, she was on the phone saying excitedly, “Chellie, this is amazing! I’m getting unexpected money in the mail, people are paying me back loans I had forgotten they owed me, and I’m getting bigger and better book deals!”
I asked, “So can the affirmations stay in the book now?” and she answered, “Absolutely yes!”
And that’s why the book was published with the subtitle, “Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction”.
Here is the list I gave Deb that day. Why don’t 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 today—I 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 people’s 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!
©Copyright Chellie Campbell. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Chellie Campbell is the creator of the popular Financial Stress Reduction® Workshops, and the author of The Wealthy Spirit and Zero to Zillionaire, both published by Sourcebooks, Inc. She is one of Marci Shimoff's “Happy 100” in her current NYT bestseller Happy for No Reason and contributed stories to Jack Canfield’s recent books You’ve 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, Woman’s World and more than 35 popular books. For more information, visit her web site www.Chellie.com or email her at Chellie@Chellie.com.