Plan for success
Leading success coach, author and speaker Dr Jack Canfield shares the principles for success in life.
DOUBLE your income. Enhance your results. Live a healthier lifestyle. Gain spiritual fulfilment. Obtain emotional peace – it is safe to say almost everybody wants at least one of these elements in their lives right now.
At least that’s true for the 300 participants who attended a seminar conducted by Dr Jack Canfield, best known as co-creator of the famous Chicken Soup For The Soul series.
Canfield is widely known for his bestseller The Success Principles: How To Get From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be. It contains 64 principles for success utilised by top achievers from all walks of life and all areas of commerce.
According to Canfield, the book is a culmination of over 30 years of studying and researching various principles and beliefs on success.
Canfield read over 3,000 books, attended about 600 seminars and listened to thousands of hours of audio material looking for common patterns and themes.
“I then narrowed them down to 64 critical and important principles that produce amazing success. I define success as being able to create the results one wants in life and is happy with, be it living in a hut to write poetry or starting a multinational corporation,” said Canfield, 66, founder and chairman of the Canfield Training Group.
He was in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, to conduct a one-day seminar on Achieving Breakthrough Results In Work And Life: The Success Principles And The Law Of Attraction In Action, organised by ITD Group, a human resource development company.
The seminar also saw the launch of Canfield’s latest book Coaching For Breakthrough Success, co-written with Dr Peter Chee, president and CEO of ITD Group.
At the seminar, Canfield shared with participants 21 of these principles and also expounded on the Law of Attraction.
The Law of Attraction stipulates that we attract all events, people and circumstances into our lives through our thoughts and feelings, he said.
“Whatever you think about, talk about, fantasise or give attention to, you will attract more of into your life. It’s a universal law and it works as often as gravity does.
“The universe is made up of energy. Your thoughts are energy and energy flows where attention goes. Your attention focuses energy into manifestation. Every thought you think, and its accompanying feelings, sends out a wave or vibration to the universe (or “Infinite Intelligence”, “God” or “Source”), and attracts back to it experiences that match the vibration of that feeling and thought.”
When we focus on and appreciate what we have in life, we feel happier and that activates the Law of Attraction, he said.
“Focus on what you want, not want you don’t want or don’t have.”
The three basic principles of Law of Attraction are Ask, Believe (plus take action) and Receive.
“You have to decide and be specific about what you want in life. Then believe and take action. Believing is critical. You don’t have to
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know exactly how you are going to achieve something. Just get started and take the next few steps.
“Receiving is the part that most people miss. (The key is) to be able to feel as if you already have achieved or received the desired outcome or results.
“Practise gratitude and appreciation for things we receive and be in a state of joy, celebration and love. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones and focus only on your desired outcomes. And always expect the best.”
From West Virginia, United States, Canfield came from a poor family background. His mother was an alcoholic and his father, a workaholic who earned a small salary at a local florist.
Canfield got through college with a scholarship and by taking on a job serving breakfast in one of the college dormitories.
Today, the Harvard graduate with a master’s degree in psychological education is a multi-millionaire.
He is listed on the Guinness World Records for having seven books simultaneously on the New York Times bestseller list on the same day (May 24, 1998).
He also holds the world record for having the most number of books on the New York Times bestseller list, with 60 bestsellers and 11 that went to number one.
To date, he has written 210 books with over 125 million copies in print in 47 languages.
Canfield is also the founder of The Foundation for Self-Esteem in Westlake Village, California, which provides self-esteem resources and training to social workers, welfare recipients and human resource professionals.
At the recent seminar here, the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation conferred the Brand Laureate Signature Award on Canfield for his success as a transformational leadership guru in the field of coaching and personal development.
Canfield asserted that the things we say and our conscious and subconscious thoughts control our physical reality more than we realise.
So does it all boil down to positive thinking?
“Thinking positive is important but it is much more than that. We have to know how to manage our emotions, take action, learn to forgive, communicate, know your true purpose, and set goals in alignment with the principles of how the universe works.”
Two major stumbling blocks people experience in living and practising success principles and the principles of Law of Attraction are ignorance and fear, said Canfield.
“Ignorance of information and fear of failure, taking risks, rejection and looking foolish. The only way to handle fear (and disbelief) is to replace it with the visual of something else or with what we want.” Another factor is lack of reinforcement. “For anything new you learn, it’s five steps forward and three steps back, but you are still two steps ahead of where you were.
“But I find many people get impatient and expect results instantly. What is important is don’t give up. It took me 20 years to become a multi-millionaire from the time I set the goal,” he said, adding that the first Chicken Soup book was rejected by 144 publishers before it finally got printed.
“It’s a lot about belief and trust in the principles.”