Sending Out Ships

Chellie Campbell

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“The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps—we must step up the stairs.”

—Vance Havner

Thinking positive is your first step to living rich, inside and out.

But it is not enough. You have to take action to achieve your goals. I call this “Sending Out Ships.”

In the nineteenth century, the merchants in London built grand, tall-masted sailing ships. It would take many months, sometimes years, to build them. Then they would hire a crew, outfit the ship and store provisions for the long sea voyage.

One fine day, the ship would weigh anchor, hoist her sails, and sail out of London harbor, on her way to visit foreign ports and trade for gold, jewels, silks, and spices.

The trip would take many months—often years—and there were no communication lines open then: No ship-to-shore radio, no telegraph, no cellular telephones.

Once the ship had sailed, the merchant could do nothing more; only wait for that future day when the ship would return, sailing into London harbor laden with treasure. On that day, the merchant’s fortune was made.

And that’s where the expression “I’m waiting for my ship to come in,” comes from.

But some people are going down to the dock, waiting for their ship to come in—but they didn’t sent any out!

If you want the fortune, your responsibility each day is to send out some ships.

And you had better send out more than one, because stuff happens to ships:

  • There’s “Pirates of the Caribbean”

  • “Mutiny on the Bounty”

  • And we all know what happened to the “Titanic”.

    Once you send the ship out, it’s out of your control.

You are only in charge of sending it out, not when it comes in.

When you get into the habit of sending ships out on a daily basis, even if you know some ships aren’t going to make it back home, you are still confident and optimistic because you know you have a whole fleet sailing out there.

It creates a positive expectation that ships are going to be sailing in, docking at your pier and unloading riches for you any minute. Positive energy shines from you. You feel good about yourself because you’ve been doing what it takes to succeed.

This is what Tony Robbins, in his book, Awaken the Giant Within, calls “massive, positive, constructive action on a daily basis.” (Although that sounds a little too much like hard work to me).

I prefer the image of breaking the champagne bottle and waving goodbye to a proud clipper ship on a beautiful spring day as it sets forth on my behalf.

And then celebrating the ship’s safe arrival with all my wealth.

Send those ships out every day. Then prepare to unload your treasures.

Today’s Affirmation: “Today is a big money day!”

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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

Chellie currently resides in California.