PICK OF THE DAY:
TIPS FOR TODAY:
#1- An article by The Wealthy Spirit author Chellie Campbell that you may be able to relate to. I know there have been times when I could….
Don’t some inspirational articles just tick you off?
A networking friend of mine named Karen was just chatting online with a fellow member about moving your life forward and the challenges therein, and she told her to avoid articles on following your passions and living life to the fullest.
She said, “I appreciate the sentiment, I really do, but I find I am more depressed after reading them. I do not need an article to tell me I have potential beyond the now. Reading said article just reinforces that I am not beyond my now. Reading about how amazing people are living beyond their yesterdays and doing amazing things in their amazing apartments/houses with their amazing companies in their amazing wardrobes and keeping amazing work/life balances is also not helping. They may as well just sign the article “neener neener neener – you suck!”
I do like articles on how people schedule their time or things they put in their week/day that keep them on track. Like I just read one where a guy gets up at 4:30am just to have a few hours to do things he wants to do in his day and get that one big ugly task out of the way before all the emails start coming in and taking away his focus.
She finished by asking the other members of the group “What do you think, Ladies? Am I internalizing this too much? Do I just need to seize the day and read a stack of Oprah Magazines? Or do you find these as patronizing as I do?”
Karen always makes me laugh – and makes me think, too.
So I chimed in with this:
Thanks for your note about “inspirational articles” – your takes on things like this are always so refreshingly honest and I appreciate that very much!
As an author of “inspirational articles myself, I read a lot of them and have been a reader of self-help books for many years. Like you, I feel that the articles that just talk about someone’s amazing talent, amazing luck, and amazing riches just make me feel bad about myself. “Why aren’t I as rich and famous as Suze Orman??” etc. “Why wasn’t I born beautiful like Elizabeth Taylor?” “Why don’t I have a great singing voice like Carrie Underwood?” Yeah, well, not my path this life I guess, and there isn’t anything in those articles that will get me the goodies that those who have extraordinary talents and abilities have.
But I don’t consider those inspirational articles. They are just public relations notices so that the individual being profiled can sell more products and services.
The articles I really appreciate and consider inspirational are the ones where someone talks about a problem they had and how they overcame it. I love reading the biographies of famous, successful people who talk about their early difficulties getting started, or how they failed several times before they succeeded, or how they overcame an addiction. Because we can learn so much from that – how to keep on trying when it gets hard, how to plan your future success regardless of your current circumstances, how to learn and grow through the rough patches on the road of life.
I like articles and books that not only inspire, but teach me something – how to “Feel the Fear and do it Anyway” (great book by Susan Jeffers), or how “When I Say No I Feel Guilty” (by Manuel Smith) keeps me from being assertive enough to get what I want. When I was trying to find a publisher for “The Wealthy Spirit” and getting rejected over and over again, I got a little book called “Rotten Reviews and Rejections” by Bill Henderson and Andre Bernard filled with wonderfully bad notices and rejections for some incredibly successful books (like this rejection for “The Good Earth” by Pearl S. Buck: “Regret the American public is not interested on anything on China”…!!!) Those stories helped me realize that everyone has their detractors and people who just don’t “get” them. And I’d get up and try again the next day, looking for “My People” who were in alignment with my ideas. Everyone has their supporters, too, and if you just keep searching and never give up, you’ll find them.
I am hungry for motivational articles. I want to read them every day. I want to cry, laugh, and learn. I want to be inspired to dream a dream of what I might accomplish. Reading articles that can help motivate me to get up, get busy, and get to work to turn the dream into reality is part of my daily action plan. That’s why I wrote “The Wealthy Spirit” as a page-a-day book – not just to help others, but to help myself. I need the daily dose of inspiration and constant reminders, or I’ll just go off and watch television or read a book about someone else’s adventures and accomplishments. But if I want to have adventures and accomplishments of my own, I have to get up off the couch, get busy and get into action to create it!
I am happiest when I have a goal and a plan to reach the goal and am in action to make it happen. That’s what gives order and spice to each day. And the good kind of inspirational articles help give me more energy, wisdom and tools to do that.
What do you think? What articles inspire you and which ones just tick you off?
Love and blessings,
Chellie Campbell is the creator of the Financial Stress Reduction® Workshops, and author of The Wealthy Spiritand Zero to Zillionaire. She has been prominently quoted as a financial expert in the Los Angeles Times, Good Housekeeping, Lifetime, Essence, Woman’s World and more than 50 popular books. She can be reached at Chellie@chellie.com
# 2 – It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything giving an update on the radiation situation. It’s certainly not a fun topic, but I feel it’s good to be informed, plus aware that the planet and Mother Nature still very much need our support…
# 3 – And speaking of Mother Nature, here She is expressing Herself as The Maldives. What can we do to insure that we will always have beautiful places like this to enjoy?
# 4 – A good one to post after Tip # 2 because it’s fairly easy to feel anxious or fearful after reading the articles mentioned there….
# 5 – A message from Deva Premal & Mitan, offering a free download of Guru Brahma Mantra…
Hi friends, in the East, the full moon in July (Monday, July 22 this year) is celebrated as Gurupurnima Day, a day to honor the enlightened ones from all traditions, those who support us on the journey from darkness to light. In honor of this auspicious day, we are offering Guru Brahma Mantra (Devotion) from our album “A Deeper Light” as a free download for the next ten days, July 20-30: http://www.devapremalmiten.com/music/downloads/download-free-copy-of-guru-brahma.
Join us in chanting it to honor the Blessed Ones, who, with their great compassion, light our journey home.
Deva & Miten
# 6 – Another good one from honest Abe….
“When you find vibrational alignment with You, you personally thrive. You feel good; you look good; you have stamina; you have energy; you have balance; you have clarity; you have wit; you have abundance of all things that you consider to be good. You thrive in all ways when you come into Energy Balance with You. Vibrational Relativity – that’s what it’s all about.”—Abraham