Do you feel trapped? Could you get more out of your life? Do you envy people who pursue their dreams while you’re still struggling with taking the first step?
Many of us are overwhelmed by these questions and concerns, but we are not sure how or where to find answers. Jack Canfield’s Principles of Success can help you move forward and begin to make real progress toward success in your life.
What’s in it for me in this book of Jack Canfield’s Success Principles? In this book, you will discover how to achieve great success, both personally and professionally.
This summary outlines timeless and universal principles to help you achieve unprecedented success both personally and professionally. Next, you will discover ways to apply these principles in your own life and witness the difference they can make.
In this summary you will learn:
- How can you freeze yourself to death by the power of your own thoughts;
- Why are you the only one responsible for your life.
- Why changing the oil in your car is a step towards realizing your dreams.
Stop complaining, no more excuses: You are responsible for your life.
Are you ready to abandon your unsatisfactory daily routine and start living the life of your dreams? Then let’s start!
The first thing you need to understand in your journey to personal and professional success is that you are the director of your own life.
When we fail, we often look for an excuse, blaming the failure of the things that happen to us. But how these events affect us in the long term depends on how we respond to them.
Imagine a circumstance in which you receive $500. You could buy something nice or invest the money in a mutual fund.
If you go with the first choice, you have no money left. If you choose the latter, you have made an investment in which you can build later and earn even more money – a much wiser decision as you can see.
So if you want to start seeing improvements in your life, you need to change the answers to these questions.
It’s too easy to simply complain about your circumstances. But if you pay more attention to how you are living and the decisions you make, you will soon see if you are on the right path to success.
For example, say you are in shape or out of shape. Ask yourself, what are you doing – or not doing – to make your body look like this?
If your goal is to lose weight, you will need to be aware of your daily calorie intake and activity level. Be honest with yourself: do you eat well? Should you cut the sweets or junk food?
Finding your purpose in life will help you better define what success means to you.
What happens if you are not sure what personal success would be like for you? Relax – you’re not alone.
Slow down and take time to contemplate. One of the first steps towards personal success is to examine its reason for being: why are you here on earth? The life purpose exercise can help you discover this.
To find your purpose, identify two of your strongest personality traits; Describe the way he interacts with others, And then imagine your ideal world. Once you have done this, combine these into a life purpose statement.
You could do something like: “My purpose is to use my honesty and passion to inspire others to move forward in their chosen profession, to help contribute to a world where people have their careers fulfilled.”
The next step is to create a vision – a mental image of what your perfect future looks like. What would your perfect job be? How much free time would you have? What kind of friends?
Once you have your vision in mind, divide it into smaller objectives that are clear, specific and tangible. What do you want to achieve and how much time will you give to achieve it?
For example, being more pleasant to your employees may be well-intentioned, but it is not a specific and measurable goal. A clearer goal would be, “I recognize six employees for their help with the last project by the end of this week.” As you can measure your progress, you will know when you have reached your goal.
Defining a goal for each part of your vision will reduce the gap between your current reality and your ultimate success.
When you visualize your dream, you should be able to see it, smell it and feel it, as if it were real at this moment.
How can you get out of your comfort zone to achieve your vision? Two practices you can use: affirmations and visualizations can help you.
The affirmation begins when you write your goal as if it has already been done, in a complete sentence. The most effective affirmations are in the first person, they are positive and to the point.
For example, “I love driving on the road in my new yellow Lamborghini” is much more effective and precise than saying, “I want a new car”. You must specify exactly what your goal will be once you have achieved it.
It is also important to add to your affirmation intent on how you will feel when you have reached your goal. Researchers have found that ideas adhere to our memory better when a thought is combined with strong emotion.
Therefore, “I feel ecstatic when I’m driving on the road in my new yellow Lamborghini” is a great affirmation!
Once you have elaborated your affirmations, connect each one with a living image of your affirmation, this is called visualization.
To do this, close your eyes and imagine your statement in as much detail as possible. If your statement is: “I like to relax on the terrace of my villa in France”, visualize the colors of your house, the furniture on the sunny terrace, etc.
Add sounds, smells and tastes to your mental image. How do you feel physically when you sit on the sofa on your terrace? Can you hear the sounds of passing cars or the birds singing?
The more you fill your visualization with emotions and sensory details, the more intensely you will feel it, giving you more power and momentum to reach your goal.
To be successful you must be persistent, never stop doing things for a “no” and do not forget to practice, practice, practice.
Now that you know your path to success, you will have to prepare for possible obstacles and, if you depend on others, possible rejection.
Rejection is just one more part of the road to success. If someone says “no”, just keep trying until someone says “yes”, taking into account the next step.
The founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, Harland Sanders, was no stranger to rejection. In fact, he did not hear “no” more than 300 times when proposing his business idea before someone said “yes”. If I had renounced the first rejection, there would be no more than 11,000 KFC restaurants around the world!
On your way to your dream life, you need to excel in what you do. An important principle to focus on is becoming an expert in what you want to do. Do not be afraid to keep trying, and work towards your goal one step at a time.
We are our worst enemies when it comes to believing in ourselves. Think positively!
Face it: you are often your own worst enemy. Most of us harbor negative thoughts about ourselves, the so-called limiting beliefs, where we look at the things we think we can not do. This mentality can be very harmful, as this example shows.
A railway worker was trapped in a refrigerated cargo car while doing some repairs. Scared, he could not stop thinking about the possibility of dying frozen and decided to write one last message to his family.
The next morning he was found dead in the car. And although it showed physical signs of being frozen, the refrigeration system of the car was really out of service, and the temperature inside the car was 13 °. The man had died essentially because of his own negative thinking.
To be successful, it is necessary to divert, if not completely eliminate, your negative thoughts.
However, if you look hard enough, self-love is often under self-criticism. You might think, “I’m fat and lazy,” but if you examine this thought, what you’re really saying is, “I’m scared.”
You are afraid that you get sick because of being overweight and in your self-criticism you are asking yourself to take better care of your body. You’re really saying in: “I care about myself, I want to be healthy and strong and I deserve to feel very good about my body!” This is an expression of self-love.
By transitioning from judgment to admission of fear, to a request for action and then recognizing love, you will begin to change your limiting beliefs into thoughts that are positive and beneficial.
Building a support team full of successful people can help you achieve your goals.
Having personal determination is crucial on your path to success, but you can not walk that road on your own. Very successful people always have others to inspire or mentor along the way.
One thing you can do is create a support group. You can do this by gathering a group or circle of support from people with whom you can share ideas and challenges.
Consider identifying six people with whom you are close, and hold scheduled conferences or Skype calls where each person takes 15 minutes to ask questions. To get the most value out of these sessions, each member of the group must excel in a skill that they want to learn or have achieved a goal they covet.
For example, if you are a small business owner, it could be advantageous to include one or two successful entrepreneurs from your industry in your group. Other professionals such as consultants, lawyers or investment bankers can also be of great help.
Another powerful way to find support is to identify a mentor.
Although it is tempting to ask for advice from friends or co-workers, it is much more useful to ask people who have already achieved what they want to achieve.
It is not necessary to be shy about approaching successful people, as most will be willing to share your recipe for success with you.
For example, when motivational speaker Les Brown began his career, only Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, a well-known motivational guru, had faith in him. When Brown approached Peale, the latter was honored to share his experiences and assured that Brown was well equipped to become a successful coach and speaker.
Being a “rich” person does not just mean having a lot of cash in the bank.
Do you agree that “money is the root of all evil?”
If so, you need to redefine what wealth means to you. Most of us think that wealth is just money, goods or possessions. However, it is much more than that: wealth also contains intellectual, human and civic facets.
In terms of financial assets, you can ask: what goals do I have for my property and what stocks and bonds would I like to own?
Apart from the tangible assets, try to see also how are your relationships, health, morals, and habits to connect with how to create wealth. Also consider your education, your reputation, and your skills.
By having these factors in mind, you can begin to do your work of wealth to your advantage. Many financially successful people consider their human and intellectual assets to be more valuable than their financial assets since health, happiness, and relationships form a foundation for lasting financial success.
To finish and summarize the key of this book:
You can achieve your greatest ambitions, but some knowledge is needed. Following and practicing the principles of success will equip you to achieve your personal and professional goals and live your dream life.
If you are interested in The Success Principles book, you can get it here.