Jack Canfield is one of the most influential transformational leaders in the world according to SUCCESS Magazine. He’s the #1 “New York Times” best-selling author of “Success Principles” and “Chicken Soup for the Soul” the biggest self-help success story in history. The Chicken Soup for the Soul series sold over 100 million books fostering the emergence of inspirational anthologies as a genre. Time magazine called it the “publishing phenomenon of the decade”.
Jack Canfield is one of the most genuine and generous hearted people in the personal development. He contribution to the Quest for Success special on PBS was invaluable. When I asked him to say something about the Quest, he gave it the most incredible on camera endorsement I’ve ever heard. See video.
You have to get out of blaming, complaining and excuse making, and act as if you’re 100% responsible. And when you take that approach to life, everything switches. You realize it’s my thoughts, it’s my pictures and it’s my behaviours that are producing my reality. Now I am powerful because I can change all that.
If I had to narrow it down to that one most valuable thing you could do in your life it would be to love yourself, accept yourself just as you are because in that is contained everything else. If I love myself that means I’m going to trust my intuition. In that process of loving myself and accepting all the parts of myself I’m going to love my dreams. I’m going to pursue them because I know I deserve it. Then it’s simply discovering where I am blocking that love, and moving through it.
Then I do my daily stuff. I keep my thinking high. I’m constantly monitoring myself in that arena. Most people don’t do that. They’re totally asleep. So for me I’ve just learned to trust me, and most people don’t trust themselves, and by doing that I’ve created huge financial wealth. We’ve sold over 100 million books.
Here’s the deal. If you take responsibility to change your own subconscious mind, your paradigms, it takes work, but you can do it. If you are not getting what you want, look at your behaviour. Like I’ve always had an issue with weight in my life, and I had to work really hard to keep my weight off. So when I started to work on that I realized I felt insubstantial when I wasn’t heavy. I had this part of me that got beat up in high school, so I thought I’ll be someone they don’t want to push. I realized that was the unconscious motivation and drive that was pushing me to eat, and it wasn’t about the food.
So I had to create some affirmations like ‘I am so happy and grateful that I now feel totally strong and powerful even though I weigh 185 pounds as opposed to the 220 I was carrying around.’ And I did this every day, day after day. I would say ‘I’m only eating that which helps maintain my perfect body weight.’ After 30 days of doing this, when I went to reach for some dessert, I heard this little voice going, ‘is that going to help you maintain your body weight?’ We have this 30-day rule, because we discovered that the brain gets rewired and your unconscious starts to change and shift. After 30 days everything changed.
True wealth to me means waking up every morning really excited; not, oh it’s another day. . I love that every morning I get up the first thing I do is a gratitude process. For me it goes, ‘my body is healthy, my wife loves me, my children are growing and individuating, I love my work’. I know I could just go into a cave for a month and know I’d be happy. I know I can do that through meditation, self-appreciation, and self-awareness.