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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Success Principles Book Review.

A Review of Jack Canfield (2006) The Success Principles [DVD]
First posted Dec. 20, 2006 at Danny's myspace blog

Speaker: Jack Canfield , Producer: Better Life Media (2006) The Success Principles: Seven Steps to accelerate your life from where you are to where you want to be. [DVD].

The big question to ask yourself is: "If you could do anything you love; what would you do?" Then decide, what would it take to get your life to the next level? (Jack Canfield , 2006)

Success is the combination to a lock. It requires a certain combination to get the right result. It requires a system of doing things a certain way.

You must apply this system to get results and not just read them or listen to them.

The truth of the matter is that you can have, do, or be anything you want if you follow these principles. (Jack Canfield , 2006)

"You can't hire others to do your push-ups for you." Jim R.

You are responsible for your own healthcare, medication, exercises, education, and well-being.

You must take 100% of responsibility for all areas in your life. This requires you to give up: blaming, complaining, excuse-making, and whining. (Jack Canfield , 2006)

Here is the combination you must need to know in order to be successful:

[E + R = O] which means Event plus YOUR response equals Outcome. If you don't like the outcome – then change your response. You can't change the event.

This does not mean that every response that you try will work. Maybe your response will work and maybe it won't. You've got to keep trying responses until you get it right.

If you don't like your current situation – or your current outcome, then change your responses. Do not continue to make the same responses, which have gotten you to where you are today. (Jack Canfield , 2006)

If a response does not work – then throw it out. Many people do not try for success because trying new responses is uncomfortable. They would rather stay comfortable than to change and to do what is requires of them to be successful.

We can't change events. They have already occurred. We can change these personal responses: our behaviors, thoughts, and images that we hold in our minds.

Thoughts are very powerful.

Kinesiology studies have proven that our physiology weakens when we mentally tell ourselves "lies or I can't or if we focus on past failures or if we are surrounded by judgmental, critical people." It is important for all of us to eliminate "I can't, I wish, and I'll try" from our vocabulary.
Instead, we should focus on "I can and I'll find a way, focus on past successes and achievements, view past errors as learning experiences opposed to seeing them as failures, and to surround ourselves with people
who are successful in areas that we want to become more successful.

Henry Ford said "Rather you think you can or think you can't – either way you are right." We must eliminate all excuses. Focus on solutions opposed
to problems. (Jack Canfield , 2006)

One successful man without arms and legs was able to write a 200-page book with his stubs. A paralyzed woman was able to paint pictures for greeting cards by holding a paintbrush with her teeth. A boy without arms was able to pitch for team with a lacrosse stick attached to his stub. His team won the state championship. A man without legs was on the University of Georgia wrestling team.

If these people can be successful in their self-chosen areas, then what are our excuses? We must give all excuses up. "I can't" is a terrible attitude for anybody.

In order to be successful, we must have:

• A clear intention. Goals and a Vision.
• We must fully expect to get what we want to achieve
• We must take action – Take initiative.

We must have faith that the rest of the solution will be revealed to us at the right time. This is like driving a car from Virginia to California. We do not need to see the whole road to get there but just enough distance to see
the horizon. As we approach the horizon – more of the path will be shown to us. We must be persistent and not give-up just because we don't see the results we hoped for right away. We won't see the Golden Gate within minutes after leaving from Virginia on our path to California. It takes
persistence. (Jack Canfield , 2006)

We must hold our thoughts in our mind until it happens.

If you want it bad enough then you will do it.

We must drop out of the ain't it awful club. We must move out of Pity City. Even, we, adults need to remember this important lesson:

We are the average of the five people who we spend most of our time. Are those people positive people or negative people? Are they bankers,writers, doctors, or successful people? Birds of a feather flock together.

(Jack Canfield , 2006)

Decide what you want and your brain will plot the course for you like a GPS system. If you hold a vision of what you want then you will see more opportunities.

Groups of people were asked to read a paragraph and count the number of times they could find an "F" while reading the same paragraph for a second time within 30 seconds.

Most people found 3 of them when in fact there were 7 total Fs in the paragraph. By holding a vision – people tend
to notice more opportunities. A Group of people who were asked to focus on F's before the read the paragraph the first time were more likely to find 6 or 7 of them.

(Jack Canfield , 2006)

Walt Disney said "If you can dream it then you can achieve it."

Here are seven areas to set goals in order to have a well-balanced life:

1. Financial
2. Career
3. Leisure/ Recreation
4. Health / Fitness
5. Relationships
6. Personal Achievements
7. Contribution/ Charity/ Life Legacy

(Jack Canfield , 2006)

Only 10% of Americans write personal goals and objectives and fully carry them out. Also know this, only 10% of American controls 90% of the nation's wealth.

Write your goal on a note card. Read it and visualize it when you first wake-up and before you go to sleep. Keep a copy of it in your wallet. Keep your vision strong. Look at 5-6 years into your future. Your goal must be

Fair goal: I want to lose weight.

Better detailed goal: I want to lose 15 lbs by March 30th at 8 a.m.

Read it and visualize it every day and you will begin to notice
opportunities to make this goal achievable.

Visualization alone is not enough.

A person must Act and take initiative.

Do five small things every day to make your goal a reality. If you were to write a book, write for 15 minutes a day, interview 1 person a day, etc. If one were to lose weight here are five small things to do in one day: walk 15 minutes a day, eat 1600 calorie diet, take the stairs at work, read about losing weight or health eating habits, or other different daily activities.

The law of probability claims that the more different things you try – the more likely that you will find a solution that will work. How far are you willing to go? How committed are you? How bad do you want what you really want? Just don't continue the same actions that do not get you the results you want.

(Jack Canfield , 2006)

Prepare yourself.

Do the work. Don't just dream.

Equally skilled Basketball players were split into 3 equal groups. Group A did not play ball for one month = and they had no improvement. Group B shot foul shouts for 2 hours per day and showed 34% improvement Group C visualized shooting foul shots for 2 hours per day and showed 32%

Visualization is powerful. Imagine a group D that visualized for 2 hours per day and shot foul shots for 2 hours per day. I imagine they would have shown at least a 45% improvement

The 30-day principle claims that it takes 30 days to build a habit. If you stop for just one day after 15, it would still take another 25-30 days to rebuild the habit. This was proven by NASA experiment that had people wear goggles that reverses everything the saw upside down. Those who wore
it for the full 30 days developed new neuron pathways in order to see correctly, which NASA did not expect. The test was used to see how people could handle disillusion in space.

W. Churchill said: "Never, never give up."

We are never too old to start. A Woman won a 10K race at
the age of 83. She started practicing at the age of 55. She ran around her backyard once at age 55. Each day she added one extra lap.

Don't think about it – Just do it.

Remember that the best is still yet to come.

For more information, click this link:

Jack Canfield

I hope this information was helpful.

Danny P.

Recreation Therapy on Myspace

Huntington, West Virginia 25701

United States

P.S. I highly recommend using local, public library to rent a copy of Jack Canfield 's (2006) The Success Principles Book because it is free. If you really want to keep this book, which includes 64 principles on success, then I recommend purchasing it used from Amazon.Com to save money.

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