While attending a women's conference in Ontario, California, I had the luxury, yes, the luxury, of meeting Chellie Campbell. Here is a woman who has provided financial stress reduction workshops for over 20 years to business owners. She is also the author of two books and is wildly successful. This woman is in my industry, yet there she stood before me looking ever so professional, but wearing gold tennis shoes and gold fingernails. Immediately I was attracted to her just by her boldness to wear what she wanted. As you know in our industry the standard uniform is a black or blue suit and a pair of black heels. She didn't look anything like that. She had a smile on her face. I could feel her positive energy. That's what I want to talk to you about today.

While listening to the presentation, it became very clear to me that we were two peas in a pod. Her attitude is one of joy, prosperity, and peace. This woman didn't appear to have a care in the world. She continued to explain herself. Her life was filled with challenges, as many of ours are. She had a thriving business that nearly failed. She came face to face with addiction and beat that. Her relationships failed; she had to find new ones. She even had to file bankruptcy at one point,(the bane of all financial planners), but yet she stood before me, glowing, and was a huge success.
How was she able to overcome all these financial and personal disasters and still be so positive? Here's how she did it then and continues to do it now... she intentionally guards her positive attitude through positive affirmations and choosing to hint around “her people.”

Jack Canfield says, "The power of positive thinking... takes you to where you want to be." The icon of positive thinking, Norman Vincent Peale, opens his remarkable book, The Power of Positive Thinking, with the following, "Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. But with sound self-confidence you can succeed. A sense of inferiority and in adequacy interferes with the attainment of your goals, but self-confidence leads to self realization and successful achievement. Because of the importance of this mental attitude, this book will help you believe in yourself and release your inner powers." Mr. Peale has sold more than 5 million copies of his book around the globe. Apparently Chellie isn’t the only one who bought into the power of positive thinking.

Check your attitude towards your finances today. Don't waste another minute. Sweep out any negative messages you’re currently telling yourself. Replace them with positive messages like, “Money just flows to me.” “I live in abundance.” Check your current relationships and choose to spend time with folks who are positive and supportive of you. They will help reinforce the new, confident you.

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Author's Bio: 

Renée E. Cabourne, CFP, is an entrepreneur, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM Professional, international speaker, and author. She has been serving clients since March 2000 and is dedicated to their financial literacy and success. Her independence enables her to put their needs before her own, and her passion to educate empowers them with knowledge, understanding, and confidence in their own ability to make financial decisions. Financial Solutions When You Need Them!

As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM Professional, Renée possesses a wealth of experience and a proven ability to deliver successful financial solutions including investment and insurance advice. She is accomplished in educating and motivating clients to become active members of their own financial team, enabling their comprehension and self-confidence. Renée is an Adjunct Professor at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, teaching "Introduction to Personal Financial Planning" and "Introduction to Investments." She is actively involved in NAWBO, the Financial Planning Association, and the Pomona Valley Estate Planning Council.