Plan for suc­cess

Lead­ing suc­cess coach, author and speaker Dr Jack Can­field shares the prin­ci­ples for suc­cess in life.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - PEOPLE - By WONG LI ZA wongliza@thes­tar.com.my

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

»What­ever you think about, talk about, fan­ta­sise or give at­ten­tion to, you will at­tract more of into your life.«

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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.”

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