If you were on my Chat with Champions call the other day – you heard my interview with Jack Canfield, one of the worlds leading authors. In fact, he is in the Guinness Book of World Records for having 7 books on the NY Times best-seller list on the same day! As an author, Jack has over 220 published titles worldwide and is most frequently recognized as the Co-Author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series (co-written with Mark Victor Hansen).
In the self-development world, Jack Canfield has spent over 30 years earning the reputation as Americas #1 Success Coach and has recently released the profoundly powerful and inspirational book, The Success Principles, which is being described as the Think and Grow Rich, of the 21st Century. The book covers 64 principles that Jack has applied and experienced himself, as well as researched and confirmed among a large group of other super successful people. This book discusses, How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be (which is actually the subtitle of the book).
As many of you know, I also share in the passion to help others get to where they want to be through my own books, coaching and consulting. Having known of Jack Canfields work, long before the interview, I share many of his beliefs and have the utmost respect for him. Below, I will discuss just a few of the many, many pearls of wisdom he shared during the call. To learn more about these principles in depth, read Jacks book The Success Principles.
Jack truly believes that just about any person with a healthy mind and body can achieve success using his success principles. So, youre probably thinking, Great! What is success according to Jack Canfield? and What are the Success Principles? So, lets jump in and answer those two key questions.
What is Success?
Success is the ability to create the results you want in your life. This can include things like building a thriving business, ending world hunger, sharing love through music, enjoying a healthy body, and endless other personal and professional goals. Success has a personal and different meaning for everyone.
What are the Success Principles that will help me experience success in my own life and create the results I would like to see?
In reality, youll have to read Jacks book to get the whole, in depth answer to that question. But, Jack shared with us that he had done a survey of 2000 businesses owners. He then looked at what separated the business owners that were considered successful from the ones that were not -and three key factors rose to the top.
All of the business owners of the successful companies:
1. Had unusual clarity regarding their business. In North America, only 10% of people set annual goals. But, these folks could recite off the top of their heads the answers regarding their companies values, mission, vision, purpose, goals and objectives. They were completely tuned in to what success meant to them.
2. Took 100% responsibility for their lives and took action to achieve results. Whenever something happened, good or bad, they evaluated how they had contributed to the outcome. Even if it seemed like the result was not one of their control, they still looked at how they could have done things differently to generate a more successful result. Once they determined what these things were, they implemented them for the future.
3. Developed routines for themselves that they used discipline to maintain. The routines are different from individual to individual, but the discipline of sticking to the routine was the common action. These routines were developed to help them stay focused on successfully achieving their goals.
These 3 examples are just a tiny glimpse into the 64 principles shared in The Success Principles. I highly recommend you read Jacks new book! You will find action steps that guide you to experience success in all of the various areas of your professional and personal life.