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Chellie Campbell

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“A person will be called to account on Judgment Day for every permissible thing he might have enjoyed but did not.”

—The Talmud

Financial stress reduction is as much about being relaxed and happy as it is about making a lot of money.

Ideally, you want to be making more money and having more fun on a daily basis. Lack of either one creates stress and unhappiness.

A wealthy young stockbroker named Max, who had inherited money, took my financial workshop years ago. Tense and unhappy when I talked with him on the phone, he seemed hesitant about attending the workshop, but agreed to come to the first class and see how he liked it.

Although I instruct everyone to dress casually, he wore a suit and tie. He had a rather negative attitude, made skeptical comments, and sat in a closed position with his arms tightly crossed.

It was clear to me he had an attitude and needed some help, but I wasn’t sure I could reach him. However, by the end of the first class, he said he wanted to continue with the course.

During the second class, I ask each participant to share three opportunities and three obstacles they see facing them. Then, as a group, we offer each person creative suggestions for taking advantage of their opportunities or for solving their problems.

When it came time for Max to share, a lot of anger came pouring out. Once again wearing a suit and tie, he had no opportunities on his list and about twelve obstacles. As he spoke, I saw that his need for financial stress reduction wasn’t about money. He had that. What he didn’t have was fun.

At that point, I jumped in and asked him, “Where is the fun in your life?”

Totally taken aback, he just stared at me.

I said, “Max, I’m giving you a special assignment for this week. You don’t need to work on money—you have that. What I want is for you to do as many fun things as possible this week.

“Go to the beach for a day and just lie in the sun and swim. Go to a movie in the afternoon. Rent a hotel room for a night and take your wife out on the town.

“Whatever you think is fun, do it. The sky’s the limit. Bring a list next week of all the fun you had to share with us.”

As I spoke, he changed right in front of our eyes. He started smiling. Then he grinned and blushed. He sat back in his chair and relaxed. Everyone applauded and envied his assignment.

He looked like a little kid at Christmas.

The next week, when he came to class with his “fun list,” he was wearing a Hawaiian shirt and flip flops!

He wore a Hawaiian shirt to every class from then on—and a smile.

Make fun your priority today. Take a day off. Get yourself a Hawaiian shirt.

Benjamin Hotel
Benjamin Hotel

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chellie Campbell

Chellie Campbell has been treating Money Disorders [think of it as Spending Bulimia and Income Anorexia] in her Financial Stress Reduction® Workshops for over 30 years.

Author of the books The Wealthy Spirit, Zero to Zillionaire, and From Worry to Wealthy, she’s featured in publications authored by Jack Canfield, Gay Hendricks and Marci Shimoff’s NYT bestseller “Happy for No Reason.”

If you’d like to put the “fun” back in “funds” with daily videos in The Wealthy Spirit Group, visit www.chellie.com

Chellie currently resides in California.