How to Overcome the Fears That You Create

Fear is the single biggest thing that holds us back. Overcoming fear is an essential step in achieving our goals and dreams.

“Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s one of most common reasons people procrastinate on taking action toward their goals. We fear failure, or rejection, or being embarrassed, or disappointing or angering other people, or getting hurt. So we play it safe and avoid taking risks or trying new things.

Fear is natural. But where does it come from?

The answer is that it comes from US – from our own minds and imagination. it’s important to remember that, as humans, we’ve evolved to the stage where almost all of our fears are now self-created.

We scare ourselves by imagining negative outcomes to any activities we pursue or experience. But just because we imagine these things happening, that doesn’t mean they WILL happen, or that they will be as painful as we think.

That’s why psychologists like to say that fear stands for “Fantasized Experiences Appearing Real.”

Because fear is all about what MIGHT happen – not what WILL happen.

Overcoming Fear

The good news is, since we are the root source of our fears, that means we have the power to overcome them.

Instead of allowing ourselves to imagine a worst-case scenario and be a victim of our fears, we can take control of our own minds and consciously decide to visualize a best-case scenario instead.

Here’s a simple exercise to help you gain more control over your fears – and show you how unfounded they really are.

Make a List of the Things You Are Afraid to Do

These are not things you are afraid of, such as spiders, but instead, the things you are afraid to do, such as skydiving.

Your list might include things such as: leaving my job, going back to school, talking to my spouse about our relationship, asking for a raise, and so on.

Once you have completed your list, restate each fear in the following format:

I want to ____, and I scare myself by imagining ____.

For example:

I want to start my own business, and I scare myself by imagining that I would go bankrupt and lose my house.

Or:

I want to talk to my husband about our relationship, and I scare myself by imagining that if he knew how I really felt and what I really wanted, he would leave me.

By completing this statement for all of the things we are afraid to do, you can see how you are the one creating your fears by imagining negative outcomes in the future.

Take More Control Over Fears

I want you to take the last part of that statement – the fearful outcome you imagined – and transform it into something positive.

For example:

“Instead of scaring myself by imagining that I will go bankrupt and lose my house, I will work hard to do whatever it takes to make my business a success.”

Or:

“Instead of scaring myself by imagining that my husband will leave me, I will work with him to cultivate greater love and intimacy in our relationship.”

Do you see how each of these statements flips the fear on its head and transforms it into a powerful positive vision?

I encourage you to try this for yourself – and transform all of your fears into empowering visions of success!

7 Strategies to Move Past Fears

After you complete this exercise, you will still experience fear from time to time. It’s part of being human. But to help you in the process of overcoming fear faster, I have seven strategies to share with you today:

1. Become More Aware of Your Thoughts

Thoughts produce emotions – so if you want to change how you feel, change your thoughts. Whenever you feel fear, retrace your mental steps and observe what you were thinking.

What thoughts led to your feelings of fear? Once you identify them, it will be easier to resolve them.

2. Choose More Positive Thoughts

You can’t rid yourself of negative thoughts simply by not thinking them. The Law of Replacement dictates that you can’t replace something with nothing – you have to replace it with something else.

So when you notice yourself experiencing a negative, fear-producing thought, replace it with a positive thought instead – like I did in the exercise I just showed you.

For example, if you want to become a best-selling author, be on the lookout for thoughts like, “What if publishers reject my manuscript?

Instead, visualize what will happen when a publisher DOES accept your manuscript and agrees to bring your book to market.

3. Notice the Physical Effects of Fearful Thoughts

Observe the physical sensations you experience when you think a fearful thought. You may feel fear as a sinking feeling in your stomach, a tightening in your shoulders and chest, or an elevated heart rate.

Notice what you feel and then consciously replace them with sensations you’d rather be experiencing.

Focus on how positive emotions, such as peace and joy, show up your body – as a rush of warmth or a tingle of delight. Imagine yourself experiencing those sensations instead, and your fears will be neutralized.

4. Use Positive Affirmations

Utilize affirmations to create a more positive, success-oriented mindset. Affirmations are powerful statements that describe the reality you want to create – and they are a powerful antidote to fear.

Here’s how they work: Imagine the reality you would like to create then form a positive statement that describes it as already being achieved. For example: “I am so happy and grateful now that I am a New York Times bestselling author.”

By stating it as already being achieved, you create a tension between what you are saying and experiencing physically, and what your mind knows to be true.

Your subconscious doesn’t like this tension and will begin to work overtime to resolve it, prompting you to take more action and become more aware of resources that will help you achieve your goal.

As you practice your daily affirmations, you may find yourself thinking, “What if this doesn’t work?”  If that happens, I encourage you to ask yourself instead,

“What if this does work?”

“Why will this work?”

“How will it work?”

By shifting your questions to focus more on action and solutions, you will find it easier to maintain your forward momentum.

5. Charge Your Visualizations with Powerful Positive Emotions

Take this affirmation for example:

I am so happy and grateful now that I am a New York Times bestselling author.”

When you include a positive emotion in the statement – such as happiness or gratitude – you open yourself to experiencing that emotion in your body, giving your affirmation far more impact.

Just as the emotion of fear can paralyze you, intense positive emotions can motivate you toward greater success.

6. Be Realistic About Risk

A practical – and often overlooked – strategy for overcoming fear is to make sure you’re not risking more than you can afford to lose.

To grow and achieve greater success, you have to risk something. Just make sure that you can bear the loss if you don’t succeed the first time. My advice is to begin by taking on smaller challenges and work your way up.

If you want to start your business but you need a guaranteed income each month to pay your mortgage and stay out of debt, maybe run your business as a side gig until you have enough clients to quit your job for good.

If you’re starting your first job in sales, call on prospects or customers who will be the easiest to sell to. If you’re eager to take on new responsibilities at work, start by asking to do parts of a project you’re interested in.

If you want to run a marathon, start slowly with a simple “couch to 5K” app. Master the skills you need to learn, move through your fears, and then take on bigger challenges.

7. Celebrate Your Successes

You’ve overcome countless fears to become the person you are today, whether it was learning to ride a bike, driving a car, or kissing someone you liked for the first time. Taking risks and opening yourself to new experiences is always a little scary.

But when you face your fears and take action anyway, you build up confidence in your abilities.

The situation you’re facing now and how your fear is manifesting may be different than what you’ve experienced in the past, but you already know how to overcome your fears. You’ve spent a lifetime doing it! So I encourage you to follow Emerson’s advice and do the thing you fear.

It is the best possible way to grow as a person and achieve more success in life. Every successful person I know has been willing to take a leap of faith even though they were afraid. Because they knew that if they didn’t act, the opportunity would pass them by.

Recognize Fear For What It Is: a mental trick your ego uses to protect you from the negative outcomes it imagines. You create your fear and you have the power to dissolve it as well.

Think about something that you’re afraid to do. Now replace that fear with:

 I want to ____, and I scare myself by imagining ____.

Then transform the second part of that statement into a more positive outcome by saying,

“Instead of scaring myself by imagining ____, I will ____.

Repeat that to yourself a few times and see how you feel.

Learn how to reclaim your happiness and reach your goals without feeling stress with my Positive Thinking Guide. Discover how to overcome negative thoughts and feelings with ease.

How are you overcoming fear today? I challenge you to do something that scares you today. Do you have any questions or comments? If so, leave a comment below!

How to Use Tapping Therapy To Eliminate Fear, Anxiety & Achieve Your Goals

Tapping Therapy is an intensely powerful tool that can help you quickly get over your biggest fears and help achieve all of your goals.

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Thirty-four years ago, clinical psychologist Dr. Roger Callahan—the originator of tapping therapy—discovered that you could stimulate the instant release of stored emotions.

The instant release occurs by ty tapping along these meridians in acupressure-like fashion while focusing your mind on the past hurt or current stress (phobia, fear, or anxiety).

He called his method Thought Field Therapy or TFT, and today Dr. Callahan’s institute trains practicing therapists, healthcare professionals, and everyday people in how to use tapping therapy both in clinical settings and at home. Others have brought TFT to the masses as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT Tapping) and Meridian Tapping Therapy.

What Can You Use Tapping Therapy For?

You can use tapping therapy to free yourself from these stored anxieties, stresses, depression, and emotional hurts, and focuses on helping you to better implement positivity and energy into your life.

This can be done by tapping away any limiting beliefs, fears, and internal obstacles that arise when you face obstacles.

When TFT tapping was first used in the 1970s, TFT tapping theory was based on the energy meridians of acupuncture. It was thought that clearing those energy meridians would clear a disruption in the body’s energy system, and so remove negative emotions. However, we have a new understanding based on recent scientific studies.

It has been discovered that the brain does not become fixed by one’s early adult years, but rather, it can be changed at any age. New neural connections can always be formed.

Unfortunately, this can work against us. When we experience trauma or something that triggers a negative emotion, we create neural pathways that support re-triggering that negative emotion.

As an example, if you have an experience that causes you to believe that people are mean or dangerous, you will look for evidence to support this belief and ignore evidence to the contrary.

We also create pathways that support limiting or disempowering beliefs that we may have created in the moment of trauma.

Conditions like phobias and PTSD (post-traumatic stress syndrome) exist because the brain creates a feedback loop that builds and enhances neural pathways.

Some fears are so strong that they can actually immobilize you. If you have a full-blown phobia, such as fear of flying or fear of being in an elevator, it can seriously inhibit your ability to be successful.

Fortunately, there is a simple solution to most phobias by just doing tapping therapy.

Here’s a video from my YouTube channel of everything in action:



The Process of Tapping Therapy

The process uses a simple but precise pattern of tapping on 9 acupressure points of the body while you simultaneously imagine the object or experience that stimulates your phobic reaction.

It acts in much the same way as a virus in a computer program by permanently interrupting the “program” or sequence of events that occur in the brain between the initial sighting of the thing you are afraid of and the physical response you experience.

Many past hurts get stored in the mind and even in the body—affecting all our future actions and decisions.

For many people in my training, getting past their “past” is difficult, painful, and—until the last decade or so—very difficult, particularly if they have experienced violence, trauma, or abuse early in life.

Tapping therapy helps soldier relieve anxiety from PTSD

The technique is so powerful that it has been used with genocide victims in Rwanda and Bosnia, for disaster victims in Hait and is used by a trainer of the British Special Forces in the Congo and with U.S. soldiers returning with PTSD panic attacks from the battlefield.

Tapping Therapy stimulates the body’s own ability to release stored pain of any kind. The results are nothing short of miraculous.

For thousands of years, Eastern cultures have focused their methods for healing medical conditions on stimulating energy “meridians” or pathways throughout the body.

These energy pathways send electrical impulses throughout the body to keep all systems working, but—in addition to moving and storing energy—it was discovered they also store emotions.

Some healthcare professionals even believe that an illness or chronic pain in a specific area of the body is the result of a specific emotional pain stored in that meridian.

Get this Free Tapping Guide from my friends at The Tapping Solution: 

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How to Use EFT Tapping Therapy

Learn the Tapping Points

There are the eight main tapping points and one point on your hand known as the karate chop spot on the heel of your hand.

The other 8 points are, your eyebrow, side of your eye, under your eye, under your nose, your chin, your collarbone, under your arm, and the top of your head.

There is a single point at the top of the head, but there are two eyebrow points: one at the start of the right eyebrow just above the nose, and the other at the start of the left eyebrow.

Tapping was originally taught one-sided; you tap with either hand, on either side of the body. Most people tap with their dominant hand. You have completed a “round” of tapping when you’ve tapped on each of the points.

Tap lightly, but firmly. This isn’t massage, so tapping with force isn’t necessary. If you can’t tap a particular point due to an injury, just skip that point. Unlike acupuncture, tapping is a very forgiving process.

One reason it is common to tap using both the index finger and the middle finger together is that you’re tapping a fairly large area with both fingers on any particular spot.

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EFT Tapping Sequence Example

The first part of the tapping protocol is to close your eyes, focus on the fear, anxiety, emotion, pain, or belief that you wish to release, and then determine on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being high, how intense the feeling or belief is.

The basic tapping sequence—to eliminate fears and negative beliefs and to neutralize negative events— then starts by tapping the “karate chop” spot on the heel of your hand 10 times, firmly enough to feel it, but not hard enough to bruise your hand.

As you tap your hand, repeat aloud the belief, physical pain, or experience of hurt you are dealing with as you—most important—tune in to the emotion that belief or hurt brings forth. Do this three times.

Follow your statement of the belief or hurt with the affirmation “I deeply and completely love and accept myself.”

For example:

“Even though I’m afraid to ask for a raise, I deeply and completely love and accept myself. Or, Even though I believe I don’t deserve to be successful, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.”

Once you’ve tapped the “karate chop” spot while you repeat that phrase 3 times, begin the tapping sequence below while continuing to focus on the past hurt, limiting belief, emotion, stress, pain, or source of anxiety.

Tap 5 to 7 times firmly at each point. Accompany each tapping point with a statement that keeps you focused on the emotion.

Like this:

Top of the Head: “My fear of asking for a raise.”

Eyebrow: “My fear of asking for a raise.”

Outside of Eye: “I’m afraid he’ll say no, and I’ll be embarrassed.”

Under the Eye: “My fear that I’ll be embarrassed.”

Under the Nose: “I’ll be so embarrassed if he says no.”

Chin: “I’ll be mortified if he says no.” 

Collarbone: “I’m afraid to ask for a raise.”

Under the Arm: “I’ll be so embarrassed.”

The exact words you say aren’t important; what’s important is that you are continually tuned in to your emotion. Additionally, you can tap the eyebrow, under the eye, collarbone, and under the arm spots on either side of your body.

Repeat the sequence repeating your phrase again and again until you feel the intensity has dropped down to a 1 or is totally gone.

If you’re interested in learning more about Tapping Therapy and success, my friends at The Tapping Solution have a great free guide called: 103 Disempowering Beliefs About Money and Success and How to Eliminate Them In Minutes. You’ll be given Step-by-Step instructions on how to use the scientifically proven Tapping Technique to eliminate any negative beliefs you have and install positive ones!

Leave a comment below and let me know if you have you ever tried Tapping Therapy. How did you feel after you did it? To learn more about tapping, get this free guide.

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How to Deal with Fear of Missing Out

Fear of missing out or FOMO affects everyone, harming personal happiness and hampering inspiration. The “fear of missing out” is an uneasy, often all-consuming, feeling of missing important events.

It can arise when a birthday party happens. It can surge when the weekend rolls around. It can pop up when the phone doesn’t ring. FOMO is the fear that results when you think your peers are having more fun than you.

It can stir up beliefs that you are not good enough. It comes from wondering if they’re experiencing life’s best face when your face isn’t around.

Truth be told, FOMO is a widely experienced phenomenon. You’re not alone. The problem is that it can lead to an obsession with social media, create high levels of anxiety and contribute to your happiness. While FOMO is experienced by lots and lots of us, it is totally beatable. If you’re caught in a FOMO cycle, you can break the chain.

Where Does FOMO Come From?

Fear of missing out can be caused by many things: an imbalance between your home and work life, loss of sleep, loss of autonomy or a deep need for more competence. At the end of the day, however, FOMO is derived from the fear of unhappiness. So, really, the fear of missing out is just that: fear.

Our mental and spiritual happiness isn’t derived solely from social happiness, but it’s certainly influenced by it. Being “in the know” feels good. Centuries ago, humans roamed from group to group, finding food sources, entertaining themselves and experiencing life to its fullest.

Understandably, this survival instinct isn’t as useful in modern society. Between work, school and home lifestyles, it can be difficult to consolidate one’s time.

Simultaneously, we’re working to consolidate and enhance communication between our fellow humans, keeping one another up to date on news, events and social interactions. As a result, it’s easy to slip through the cracks. It’s easy to feel a little left out sometimes.

Whether you read a newspaper, watch television, browse Facebook or skim Instagram, you’re likely engaging a slew of social-related information. It’s impossible to be present everywhere at once, but your mind might be attached to its obsolete need to be included and in the know.

How To Overcome Fear of Missing Out

Overcoming FOMO is a beautiful experience. Even in today’s fast-paced, highly digital society, it’s possible to disconnect. To do so, however, you’ll need to return to your body’s natural state.

Disconnecting from the digital world helps. As a result, your mind will revert to its natural state. Where inspiration is concerned, you’ll become less self-destructive due to pervasive—and inaccurate—thoughts about the world’s going-on.

I’m going to tell you how to beat FOMO:

The answer is to practice mindfulness.

Only 20 minutes is needed. Settle in, and let the negative thoughts pass. By practicing mindfulness through meditation or daily affirmations once per day, you can bring your mind’s FOMO urges down.

Remember: The digital world isn’t an accurate depiction of life. You—right here and now—are the only accurate observer. Take time to fully experience it!

Every so often, a wonderful, opportunity arises. What if you could make every moment wonderful? Great moments can be stumbled upon, but they can also be generated by your own thoughts, actions, and perceptions.

How You Spend Your Time Matters

Many people are unaware of how little their daily rituals matter. How you spend your hours is how you spend your years. Likewise, how you spend your years is how you spend a lifetime.

We’re comprised of our experiences. Wonderful memories and special moments can be a part of these experiences, too, if you let them in. Spend time with family members. Spend time with your friends. Rather than waiting for a vacation, savor all the small pieces which construct your day.

The fear of missing out can make you feel like you’re not participating in your own world. Fortunately, you can reallocate your attention to become more immersed. Pay attention to your surroundings.

Feel the moment…

If the opportunity for happiness arises, don’t turn it away. Embrace it.

True peace can be obtained when one withdraws their attention from the negative and tends to the positive.

How To Break The FOMO Loop

The FOMO loop might be strong, but it can be broken. Look around. What positive things might you be taking for granted? What would happen if they were taken away? The more you’re inclined to gratitude, the less likely you’ll be to lose inspiration, become anxious or become lonely.

Our world goes by quickly, and life can easily be taken for granted. This is why those who feel secure in their relationships aren’t compelled to feel ever-connected.

Sometimes, insulating yourself from the world’s many possibilities can result in a higher degree of gratification. Loosen your grip, and let things flow. You might be surprised by what happens next.

To learn more about the power of positive thinking, click the button below to download my free positive thinking guide. If you have thoughts or questions about how to overcome the fear of missing out, please comment below!

Activating the Power of the Subconscious Mind

The untapped power of the subconscious mind can lead you to new success in your personal life and business life. Discovering how to turn your thoughts into positive and implementing the law of attraction into your daily life can take you to new heights. 

power of the subconscious mind

In order to fully understand the power of your unconscious mind, you first need to understand the difference between your unconscious and your conscious mind. Your conscious mind is the awareness you have in the current moment.

Your Conscious Mind:

This is your awareness of your surroundings, your current thoughts and emotions, the physical sensations in your body, whether or not you’re hungry, and so on. Your unconscious mind is any information that is below the threshold of your current awareness.

Your Subconscious Mind:

Examples of your subconscious are memories, beliefs, fears and subjective maps of reality. The thing with your unconscious mind is it’s very powerful and can, without your awareness, direct the course of what you do in your life.

Because of this, you must learn to choose our thoughts effectively, because your thoughts, both conscious and unconscious, due to the Law of Attraction, are what are creating your current experience of reality—including your level of success in every area of your life—work, financial, relationships, health, and happiness.

How I Learned About The Power of the Subconscious Mind

For centuries, most people didn’t know the Law of Attraction existed until, in 2006, a documentary movie and book called The Secret were released, which I was featured in along with many other teachers of this powerful law.

I’ve consciously used the Law of Attraction in my own life to create amazing personal achievements and business success far beyond what most people ever experience. And the good news is, you can too!

Let me give you one example out of my own life:

In the 1970s I was fortunate to be able to meet and work with one of the great pioneers in the teaching of the Law of Attraction—W. Clement Stone. He was a self-made millionaire worth more than $600 million.

I was hired to work in his foundation and teach his principles of success to schoolteachers to incorporate into their classrooms.

After a year of working there, he challenged me to set what I call a Breakthrough goal—a goal that would quantum leap my success and would require me to stretch and grow in order to achieve it.

AT the time I was only receiving an $8,000 a year salary…

That seems like a small amount of money, but in today’s dollars, that was a $51,000 a year salary. For example, a gallon of gas was only 36 cents in 1970.

I set the goal to make $100,000 a year (which would be $640,000 in today’s dollars). I used everything Mr. Stone had taught me including daily affirmations and visualization techniques.

And it worked! That year I made $100,000 dollars.

Because The Law of Attraction has become so much a part of our culture, let’s take a few moments to discover what it is, how it works and—most importantly—how you can use it to create the life and results you want.

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Controlling Your Subconscious With This Formula

Stated in its most basic form, the Law of Attraction says, What you think about, talk about, believe strongly about and feel intensely about, you will BRING ABOUT in your life.

Our thoughts have power over our lives. And as such, it’s probably a good idea to be intentional about the thoughts you put out there.

If you have specific life or career or financial goals, for instance, why not focus your thoughts on achieving that goal and having that good come into your life.

To focus more easily, I want to share a formula with you that will get The Law of Attraction working in your life.

And the formula, which is discussed in The Secret, is this…

Ask, Believe, Receive

Let’s talk about each step:

1. Ask

Let’s begin with asking. The key is to focus on and ask for what you want versus what you don’t want. Remember that what you think about, read about, talk about, and give your attention to, are actually requests that you’re sending out to the Universe.

So you must start being intentional regarding what you think about all day.

Are you immersing yourself in positive, uplifting, joyful thoughts?

Do you meditate and hold pictures in your mind of what you want in your life?

Or do you frequently criticize yourself and others, complain about your life and focus on your lack of abundance?

Feeling excited, enthusiastic, passionate, happy, joyful, loving, appreciative, prosperous and peaceful are thoughts and feelings that give off positive vibrations.

Start intentionally creating your future in your mind, and then let the Universe figure out how to manifest it.

After all, it’s phenomenally good at aligning the people, situations, money, resources, and opportunities necessary to bring about your desired goals.

2. Believe

The next step is to believe you will get what you want, then take action. What does it mean to believe you’ll get what you want?

It means maintaining a positive expectancy, going about your day with certainty—knowing that you’ve put your future in the hands of a power that is greater than yours…and that it will deliver. Always act as if what you want is on its way.

It’s simply a matter of you deciding with conviction that what you want will absolutely happen.

This is not always easy. Many people have limiting beliefs which keep them from allowing abundance and happiness into their lives.

If this describes you, realize that you must first change your limiting beliefs into thoughts that you are deserving, worthy, lovable, desirable and capable—as well as smart enough, strong enough, attractive enough, rich enough, good enough, and “enough” in every other way that matters to you.

Take Action!

Of course, once you believe that you’ll get what you want, the second part of the belief stage is to take action. Taking the actions that would take to create your desired result affirms your belief that what you want is within reach.

After all, you wouldn’t be taking action if you didn’t expect your future situation to show up, would you? So your taking action is a demonstration of your belief.

3. Receive

The final step of this formula is to receive what you want by becoming a vibrational match for it.

What do I mean by vibrational match?

It’s that you, me – everyone on the planet – is like an individual radio station that is broadcasting on a specific frequency.

If you want to listen to jazz, you have to tune your dial to a station that broadcasts jazz, not one that plays hip-hop or country. Likewise, if you want more abundance and prosperity in your life, you have to tune the frequency of your thoughts and feelings to ones of abundance and prosperity.

If you follow this formula you will attract more abundance into your life.

Now that is how you harness the power of your subconscious mind. An important part of this is daily affirmations so click the image below to learn more about them.

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How to Lead a Successful Training Workshop

If you want to become a successful thought leader, author, speaker, or simply share your message with the world, you must understand how to lead a successful training workshop.

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I am going to share with you my very own process – what we call The Canfield Training Methodology for leading amazing, transformational workshops.

These are the exact workshop plans that I use every time I speak, whether it is for an hour or a weeklong training seminar.

First, I want you to think like you were building a house…

When you build a house, you have to start with a blueprint. You don’t just keep your vision of what you are going to build in your head right? If you have ever built a house, you know that would be an expensive mistake. You think about all the details, the size, the number of rooms, the layout, the overall feel you want to create and so on.

You need to do this same thing when you are designing the content for your workshop.

Start by determining what is the desired outcome you want for your attendees:

  • Is it to help them find their true purpose?
  • Improve their business?
  • Increase their income?
  • Learn a new skill?
  • Develop a new habit?

Determining the purpose will then help you determine who should attend, how many, and at what kind of location. And of course, it is important to know who your audience is so that you have relevant examples and stories they can relate to.

For example, if you are speaking to a women’s group, you probably don’t want to only use a bunch of sports analogies.

In my work, I use a pre-program questionnaire that is filled out by the workshop planner or the individual attendees, so I am clear on what outcome we are looking to create once the training is over.



Workshop Plans for Leading a Training

I’d like to share my workshop plans and ideas I use that provides me with the structure I need to stay on track and cover all of the key ingredients I have discovered that make a presentation clear, engaging, and memorable for your audience.

1. Engage the Audience

First, start by engaging the audience – Clarify your purpose and your goals for the seminar or talk.

What is the central purpose of your event or presentation? What do you want people to go away from the seminar knowing, experiencing, being or doing?

2. Set the Tone for the Day

Then set the tone for the day: Why this message is important to you – what I refer to is your WHY. What makes you so passionate about the what you are sharing with them. Tell them the story about how you became so committed to sharing this subject.  

The more open and transparent you are with the audience, the more connected and safe they will feel with you.

3. Tell a Funny Story

Tell a funny story, add cartoons into your presentation, or show a funny video.

comic from training workshop

No matter how serious your topic is, using humor is the best way to connect with your audience and get everyone relaxed.

4. Have an Icebreaker Activity

Next, I introduce an icebreaker activity, which is specifically designed to create a safe space and give you and the group a chance to bond quickly and efficiently.

It could be as short as a 90-second exercise, a short 5 to 10-minute game, or an hour filled with several short exercises done in a specific order to create a specific effect.

You can introduce an exercise to complete in small groups or simply have everyone stand up and walk around the room and share two things they are grateful for or why they chose to attend your presentation. Use your imagination and always demonstrate what you are asking them to do before you have them do it.

For example, if you are asking them to share a recent success they have had or to share one thing they hope to take away from the presentation today, tell them how you would answer that question before you have them do it. And again, be totally honest and transparent so the group gets to see you are human too! This builds huge levels of trust.

5. Introduce Your Concept

Now it’s time to give them what they came for. Introduce a concept or principle that will deliver on your promise to them and why it is important.

In my case, I typically start with the first principle in my book The Success Principles, which is Take 100% Responsibility for your Life and Your Results. This is the fundamental principle that everything else I teach stems from.

6. Share Research

After introducing the concept, create credibility by sharing any research, statistics and case studies that validate what you are teaching them.

7. Share a Story

Then drive your message home with a story to illustrate the concept. Stories are a great way to velcro your message or the concept you are teaching their long-term memory and stories keep your audience engaged. Everyone loves a good story. And it’s even better if it’s a story from your own life. That’s not always possible, but personal stories have the deepest impact.

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8. Follow Up With an Interactive Exercise

In order to appeal to all types of learners, I typically follow up with an interactive exercise or demonstration to drive the point home even deeper. I like to ask for a volunteer and invite them to come up on stage with me and do a demonstration for the whole group, which works best for shorter presentations and workshops.

Or I might have them fill out a worksheet and then get into groups and share their answers with each other while I walk around and help them. With some groups, I have them do a total group activity, like a meditation or a guided visualization.

Use Visual Aids When You Can

There are basically 3 types of learners – auditory, visual and kinesthetic. If you follow the formula we have been discussing plus some powerpoint or keynote slides, you will have accommodated all 3 types.

9. Debriefing Session

At the end of a workshop or shorter presentation, I like to rap it up with a debriefing session. You can do this by putting people in pairs, in a small group of three to six, or have a few people share their aha’s and awarenesses in front of the whole group. This also gives the participants the opportunity to ask questions if they are feeling stuck. If one person has a question, there’s almost always someone else who has that same question.

While you’re doing this, honor and celebrate the level of trust that has been established so far. It’s best to be impartial to their feedback in this part of the session. Don’t necessarily evaluate their ideas or contribute more, but definitely encourage their input.

10. Commit to Action

One more step: When everything has been reviewed, get everyone to commit to one action step they can take to get them closer to their goal – based on what they’ve just learned – and have them write it down!.

Lastly and very important – Make sure that you have a clear transition when you are moving from one concept or principle to another one.

11. Repeat for Your Next Concept

Once you have introduced your next principle or topic all you need to do is repeat the same steps again.

12. Leave Them Motivated

When you’ve reached the end of the training workshop, whether it is one hour or a full day have a final closure exercise and wrap it up with a powerful story that will have them leaving motivated and inspired, ready to go from where they started to where they want to be!

That’s how you think like a trainer and lead a compelling and engaging training seminar! If your goal is to become a trainer and you’d like to know how to become a trainer for virtually anything, click the button below to sign up for a free webinar about training others.

Feel free to modify this workshop plan I have provided above to make your training workshop your own.

If you have any questions about running a successful training workshop leave a comment below and I’ll follow up with you. 

 

Start Your Day Off Right With The Hour of Power

The morning is the most important time of the day. If you spend an hour a day to do these three things you will be happier in life, healthier, and more motivated than you’ve ever felt.

hour of powerI call this my hour of power. Every morning I wake up and I spend 60 minutes doing three things. They’ve helped contribute to a lot of my success.

So what is this Hour of Power exactly?

It’s a full hour that is broken up into three 20-minute sessions:

  • 20 minutes of exercise
  • 20 minutes of meditation
  • 20 minutes of reading (positive, uplifting material)

The benefits of doing just these 3 things are great.

The Benefits of the Hour of Power

1. Exercise

Simply by meditating you’ll make better decisions, have better mental health, energy, and focus. Reading something positive every day ensures that you are always learning and growing, along with increasing your focus. Exercise, even if you are taking a walk or stretching for 20 minutes will make a huge difference in your overall health and longevity.

You can switch the order of the 3 activities and you can also choose what hour of the day you’d like to reserve for your personal Hour of Power. I usually schedule my Hour of Power for the first hour I’m awake in the morning.  This really jumpstarts my day and allows me to feel energized, focused, and engaged.

And each day, I change my routine a tiny bit….One day I might exercise by taking a 20-minute walk around my neighborhood. The next day I might jog on the treadmill. Whatever type of exercise you choose to do is fine; what’s most important is that you commit to doing it!

2. Meditation

The same goes for the meditation portion of the hour.  There are so many amazing meditation resources out there for everyone.  I’ve created a free e-book on a 4-step meditation technique that is perfect for beginners. The most important thing is to find one that you feel connected to and spend 20 minutes really grounding yourself.  

And remember, you don’t need to be in a remote cave in India to meditate, although that would be pretty cool!  You can meditate almost anywhere….in your home, at a park, at the beach or a lake.  

Again, go with your internal guidance and find a place that you feel calm and present in, and use those 20 minutes to feed your mind, body, and soul.

Be sure to read this post to learn how to meditate and get familiar with all the benefits!

3. Reading

And last but not least, the third portion of your Hour of Power is 20 minutes of reading.  Get your hands on positive, uplifting material – it could be from an online magazine, a book, journals or articles.  

But again, find something that excites you and that you’ll look forward to reading.  By reading positive material, your subconscious will become emerged in the affirmative, which helps you to remain in that positive state throughout the day.

I want to leave you with some homework after watching this video. I’d suggest test-driving the Hour of Power for 30 days. After 30 days, see what worked well and what didn’t. Try moving your hour to different times of the day.  Did having your Hour of Power in the morning work better for you than having it at night?

Remember, you can always change the terms of your hour. It is YOUR Hour of Power.

But have fun with it.  And know that it’s extremely effective in centering you, uplifting you, and helping you create a powerful, positive day.

Start meditating now with this free 4-Step Meditation Guide:

4 step meditation guide

Related Reading:

Daily Affirmations for Positive Thinking

How to Use Tapping Therapy To Eliminate Fear & Achieve Your Goals

Visualization Techniques to Affirm Your Desired Outcomes

How to Create an Empowering Vision Board


jack canfield shows completed vision board example to inspire ideasVision board ideas and examples are incredibly useful and inspirational when making your own. I’ve designed this post to show you how to make your own vision boards and how to use them to maximize your visualization practice!

Also known as dream boards, these simple devices are one of the most valuable visualization tools available to you. The inspirational collages serve as your image of the future – a tangible example, idea or representation of where you are going. They should represent your dreams, your goals, and your ideal life.

Your brain will work tirelessly to achieve the statements you give your subconscious mind. And when those statements are the affirmations and images of your goals, you are destined to achieve them! – Jack Canfield

By representing your goals with pictures and images you will actually strengthen and stimulate your emotions because your mind responds strongly to visual stimulation…  and your emotions are the vibrational energy that activates the Law of Attraction. The saying “A picture is worth a thousand words,” certainly holds true here.

If you have already defined your dreams, it’s time to illustrate them visually.

What is a Vision Board?

A vision board is a visualization tool which refers to a board of any sort used to build a collage of words and pictures that represent your goals and dreams. 

They can be bought from a professional supplier or made with cork or poster boards. By placing visual representations of your goals into one space, you can easily visualize them frequently. Remembering to look at them daily and imagine them as if they have already come true is one of the best ways to activate the Law of Attraction.

How Do You Use a Vision Board for Goal-Setting?

The best way to achieve your goals is to keep them top of mind, so you’re always looking for ways to move yourself closer to them – and a vision board is the perfect tool to help you do that.

By putting a vision board somewhere you can see it every day, you will prompt yourself to visualize your ideal life on a regular basis. And that’s important because visualization activates the creative powers of your subconscious mind and programs your brain to notice available resources that were always there but escaped your notice. Through the Law of Attraction, visualization also magnetizes and attracts to you the people, resources, and opportunities you need to achieve your goal.

By adding a visualization practice to your daily routine, you will naturally become more motivated to reach your goals. You’ll start to notice you are unexpectedly doing things that move you closer to your ideal life. Suddenly, you find yourself volunteering to take on more responsibility at work, speaking out at staff meetings, asking more directly for what you want, and taking more risks in your personal and professional life – and experiencing bigger pay-offs. 

It’s pretty cool stuff!

How to Create a Vision Board that Depicts the Future You Wish to Create

Find pictures that represent or symbolize the experiences, feelings, and possessions you want to attract into your life, and place them in your board. Have fun with the process! Use photographs, magazine cutouts, pictures from the Internet–whatever inspires you. Be creative. Include not only pictures, but anything that speaks to you.

Consider including a picture of yourself on your board. If you do, choose one that was taken in a happy moment. You will also want to post your affirmations, inspirational words, quotations, and thoughts here. Choose words and images that inspire you and make you feel good.

Unlock the Full Power of Your Vision Board with This Checklist:
21 Ways to Make Your Vision Board More Powerful

You can use your vision board to depict goals and dreams in all areas of your life, or in just one specific area that you are focusing on.  Keep it neat, and be selective about what you place in your vision board. It’s a good idea to avoid creating a cluttered or chaotic board… you don’t want to attract chaos into your life.

Use only the words and images that best represent your purpose, your ideal future, and words that inspire positive emotions in you. There is beauty in simplicity and clarity. Too many images and too much information will be distracting and harder to focus on.

If you are working on visualizing and creating changes in many areas of your life, then you may want to use more than one vision board. You might use one for your personal goals and another for career and financial goals. You might even want to keep your career vision board at the office or on your desk as a means of inspiration and affirmation. Whatever you decide to do, learning how to make a vision board – and using it regularly – is the best way to visualize your ideas and dreams to fruition.

Here’s My Simple 6-Step Process for Making Empowering Vision Boards:

1) Create a list of goals you’d like to achieve in the next year

In order to visualize your goals, first you need to know what they are. Spend some time getting clear on exactly what you want your ideal life to look like, and what you need to accomplish in the next 12 months to launch you closer to your goals.

Chapter 2: “Be Clear Why You’re Here,” and Chapter 3: “Decide What You Want,” in my best-selling book, The Success Principles, can help you with this process.

You can also use this simple 4-step meditation technique to meditate for clarity and intuition.

2) Collect a bundle of old magazines with beautiful pictures

If you’re not a magazine reader or currently don’t have any magazines at home, ask your friends to give you any they no longer want. You should also be able to pick some up for just a dollar or two per magazine at your local thrift store. Or you could check out your local recycling depot. Ours has a “free stuff” corner where you can pick up all the magazines you could ever want at zero cost. Maybe yours does, too?

3) Find pictures that represent your goals and inspire you

Schedule a couple hours one evening or weekend to go through the magazines and cut out pictures that represent your goals and speak to your heart in some meaningful way.  Fun tip: The last time my staff and I made vision boards at my office, we turned up the radio and had a little musical party going on as we cut out our images, which made it a very vibrant, fun setting to visualize our goals!

When looking for images in the magazines, look for those that immediately make you say, “Yes! That is what I want in my life!” They don’t have to be physical objects or literal interpretations of what you want in your life. Instead, focus on how the images make you FEEL.

For example, if you’d like to move to a home with waterfront property, don’t worry if you can’t find a picture of your perfect “dream home.” Perhaps a picture of an idyllic ocean sunset will be enough to inspire you. Or if you’d like to attract a new romantic partner into your life, instead of hunting for a picture of a man or woman who meets your physical ideal, find a picture that represents love to you – an image of two people holding hands, or even a picture of a heart, for example.

4) Make a collage out of your photos

Once you have collected enough photos, it’s time to make your vision board! Go to your local craft or dollar store and buy a large piece of construction or poster paper. A cork board or large piece of paper would work as well. Then glue, tack, or tape your pictures to the paper or cork board in an arrangement that is visually pleasing to you.

5) Add motivational “affirmation words” that represent how you want to FEEL

Your vision of your ideal life shouldn’t be focused on “stuff” so much as on how you want to FEEL. For this reason, I like to add words to my vision board that describe how I want to feel on a daily basis – such as: “joyful,” “abundant,” “powerful,” “fearless,” “loved,” “strong,” “healthy,” “loving,” and “financially free.”

Take some time to create a list of words that describe how YOU want to feel. You can either search for these words in your magazines or write them yourself. Then add them to your vision board in a visually attractive way.

6) Take a few moments to contemplate your vision board every day

To get the full benefit from your vision board, it’s important for you to place it somewhere you can see it every day. I recommend you take a few minutes to look over your vision board at least once or twice a day. I like to review my vision board right before I do a guided visualization, so my goals are top of mind as I train my mind to attract what I truly want into my life. I also like to review it every night before I go to sleep, in order to prompt my sub-conscious mind to come up with new ideas while I’m sleeping on how to achieve my goals. That way, I wake up in the morning bursting with motivation to succeed – and am far more likely to notice and act on opportunities that will bring me closer to my goals.

How to Use Your Dream Board

21 ways to make your vision board powerful, by jack canfieldTry keeping your vision board on the nightstand next to your bed. Leave it standing in an open position as often as you are comfortable with, and spend time each morning and evening visualizing, affirming, believing, and internalizing your goals.

The time you spend visualizing in the evening just before bed is especially powerful. The thoughts and images that are present in your mind during the last forty-five minutes before going to sleep are the ones that will replay themselves repeatedly in your subconscious mind through¬out the night, and the thoughts and images that you begin each day with will help you to create a vibrational match for the future you desire.

As some time goes by, and your dreams begin to manifest, look at those images that represent your achievements, and feel gratitude for how well the Law of Attraction is working in your life. Acknowledge that it is working. Don’t remove the pictures or images that represent the goals you’ve already achieved.  Achievement of the goals in your vision board are powerful visual reminders of what you have already consciously and deliberately attracted into your life.

I recommend you write down the date you created your dream board. The universe loves speed, and you will be amazed at just how quickly the Law of Attraction responds to your energy, commitment, and desires. Much like a time capsule, this board will document your personal journey, your dreams, and your achievements for that particular year. It will become a record of your growth, awareness, and expansion that you will want to keep and reflect back upon in years to come.

It’s a good idea to create a new inspiration board each year.  As you continue to grow, evolve and expand, your dreams will too. Your vision board is meant to be kept and cherished. They chronicle not only your dreams, but your growth and achievements.

Completed Vision Board Example:

Here is an example of what my personal vision board looks like in my office on the back of my door.

jack canfield's personal vision board example

You can use this as a template to create your own inspiration board. 

Final thoughts on using your completed vision board:

  • Look at your dream board often and feel the inspiration it provides.
  • Hold it in your hands and really internalize the future it represents.
  • Read your daily affirmations and inspirational words aloud.
  • See yourself living in that manner.
  • Feel yourself in the future you have designed.
  • Believe it is already yours.
  • Be grateful for the good that is already present in your life.
  • Acknowledge any goals you have already achieved.
  • Acknowledge the changes you have seen and felt.
  • Acknowledge the presence of God in your life.
  • Acknowledge the Law of Attraction at work in your life.
  • Look at it just before going to bed and first thing upon rising.

I hope I’ve inspired you to create your own vision board. Your ability to visualize your dreams will serve as a catalyst in their creation.

Where Can I Buy a Vision Board Online?

If you would like to use a high-quality vision board that can be folded, I have a really nice one available in my shop. It’s part of my Law of Attraction System, which includes audio and video programs along with 2 of my favorite books to help you harness the power of visualization and stay focused on achieving your vision board goals.

We also have a great vision board for kids so your whole family can set goals together. You can check it out here.

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I’ve also created a FREE checklist pdf to make your vision board more powerful. It contains a 21 point list of tips to create an actionable vision board that will help activate the Law of Attraction and multiply its empowering efforts. Remember, the best way to achieve your goals is to keep them top of mind, so you’re always looking for ways to move yourself closer to them – and a vision board is the perfect tool to help you do that.

Image collage depicts visualized goals on vision board checklist, click to learn more


 

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My “101 Lifetime Goals” List (And Why You Should Have One, Too)

If you are bored with life, if you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough goals. –Lou Holtz

Personal Goals: My “101 Lifetime Goals” list (and why you should have one, too)

Experts on the science of success know that the brain is a goal-seeking organism.  Whatever personal goals you give to your subconscious mind, it will work night and day to achieve them.

However, one goal isn’t good enough. Some goals take longer to achieve than others – and if you spend years working toward only one objective, you’re likely to get discouraged when it doesn’t happen right away.

But when you have a long list of goals you’d like to achieve, you have more to strive for, and more opportunities to check those goals off your list. And the rush you feel every time you check one of those goals off the list will inspire you to accomplish even more of them.

As my friend Brian Tracy says, SMART goals are essential to motivating yourself and others to achieve success. I absolutely agree with him and – as many of you can attest – I encourage everyone to start with a list!



What goals do YOU want to achieve in your lifetime?

Make a list of 101 goals you’d like to achieve in your life. Be as specific as possible. Include details such as when they will happen, where they will happen, how much you’ll make, what model you’ll buy, what size it will be, and so on.

Keep your goals somewhere you can review them often. You might want to put them on a deck of 3”x5” cards you shuffle through every morning, on a poster or piece of paper you hang on the wall beside your computer, or in a book you read each night before you fall asleep. By keeping them top of mind, you’ll be more likely to make them a reality.

And every time you achieve one of your goals, check it off the list and celebrate what you’ve managed to accomplish in your life!

Here’s my list – and examples of the goals I’ve achieved so far are in bold font.

For inspiration, check out the list of goals that I committed to achieving before I die:

Travel
I will travel to the following places:

  1. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  2. Rome, Italy
  3. Paris, France
  4. London, England
  5. New Zealand
  6. India
  7. Bali
  8. Tahiti
  9. Nepal
  10. Tibet
  11. Turkey
  12. Africa (Morocco and Cameroon so far)
  13. Israel
  14. Russia
  15. Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia
  16. Vacation on a Greek Isle

(I have now traveled to more than 50 countries, and conducted seminars or given speeches in 47 of them.)

 I will visit and see the following sights:

  1. Disneyworld
  2. Epcott Center
  3. The Eiffel Tower
  4. The Vatican
  5. The Great Wall of China
  6. The Taj Mahal
  7. The Great Pyramids
  8. Machu Pichu
  9. The Terracotta Soldiers of Xian, China

Adventure
I will:

  1. Go fishing in the Northwest Territories
  2. Climb on a glacier in Alaska
  3. Go on a safari in Africa
  4. Become a certified scuba diver
  5. Snorkel in Hawaii
  6. Learn to sail
  7. Skydive
  8. Ride in a hot air balloon
  9. Go on a river-rafting trip
  10. Go kayaking
  11. Attend Vic Braden’s tennis camp (Deleted due to ruptured disc)
  12. Fly in a glider
  13. Dive in a submarine
  14. Learn to windsurf
  15. Learn to ski
  16. Ski black diamond level (Deleted due to ruptured disc)
  17. Ski Vail, Aspen, Beaver Creek, Sun Valley & Jackson Hole
  18. Ski in Europe (Deleted due to ruptured disc)
  19. Explore all 5 of Hawaii’s islands
  20. Swim with the dolphins
  21. Go to the Super Bowl
  22. Go to the Rose Bowl
  23. Go to the Final Four College Basketball Championships
  24. Go to the Olympics
  25. Take one of my sons to the Olympics

Personal Achievements

  1. Appear on the Phil Donahue Show (deleted because it is no longer airing, but I have appeared on the Larry King Show, Fox and Friends, The Today Show and Good Morning America, as well as more than 100 other television shows and more than 700 radio shows)
  2. Appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show (I also appeared on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday this past year.)
  3. Write a best selling book (61 best-sellers so far)
  4. Make one million dollars in one year ($20 million best year so far, plus $20 million one year when we sold one of my companies)
  5. Golf 18 holes under 90 (Deleted due to ruptured disc)
  6. Run a 10k race
  7. Run 14 miles in less than 3 hours
  8. Meet a U.S. president while he/she is still in office (I had lunch at the White House but President Bush was traveling in Texas; I also met Bill Clinton but after he left office.)
  9. Build or buy my dream house
  10. Own a vacation home in Hawaii
  11. Own my own pool table
  12. Assemble a good art collection
  13. Own a Mercedes or Lexus (I have owned 6 Lexus cars so far)
  14. Speak in 30 or more countries (47 so far)
  15. Give a university commencement address (3 so far)
  16. Attend my 50th Harvard reunion in 2016
  17. Publish 100 books (225 so far)
  18. Speak at the Million Dollar Roundtable
  19. Produce a TV infomercial
  20. Write a children’s book
  21. Complete NLP training
  22. Produce a PBS program
  23. See my sons Christopher, Oran and Kyle graduate college (No longer important – they took alternative education paths, although Christopher, now age 26, was just accepted into the degree program at the Berklee College of Music in Boston)
  24. Have $3,000,000 net worth when I retire (I have much more than that already)
  25. Sell $20,000 worth of books and tapes at a live event in one day (I have sold $160,000 in one day)
  26. Have 1,000,000 people graduate from the GOALS Program (Over 600,000 so far)
  27. Have 500,000 people graduate from the STAR Program
  28. Sell 1,000,000,000 books (500 million so far)
  29. Sell 1,000,000 audio albums
  30. Learn to speak Spanish fluently
  31. Appear in a movie (The Secret, 2006; The Opus, 2009; The Tapping Solution, 2009; Beyond Belief, 2009; The Truth, 2010; The Gift, 2010; The Keeper of the Keys, 2012).
  32. Learn to paint with oils
  33. Publish a poem
  34. Master 5 magic tricks
  35. Learn to sing and play 10 popular songs on the guitar
  36. Give a speech or conduct a seminar in all 50 states
  37. Appear on the cover of a magazine (over 20 so far)
  38. Get paid $10,000 for a single talk ($70,000 highest fee to date for a single talk)
  39. Keynote an NSA conference
  40. Win over a $1000 in a casino ($3000 at the New Orleans Hilton Casino)
  41. Give a talk to an audience of 10,000 people (12,000 people the largest so far)
  42. See one of my books piled high in the window of a bookstore
  43. Learn how to take world-class photographs (I just bought a Canon Mark III D5 Camera.)
  44. Type 50 words a minute
  45. Weigh 175 pounds (I’ve lost as much as 35 pounds and gotten down to as low as 185)
  46. Bench press 200 pounds
  47. Run a mile under 6 minutes (Deleted due to ruptured disc)
  48. Do a fire-walk
  49. Have a personal gym in my home
  50. Conduct a training for a professional athletic team
  51. Write a book for couples with my wife
  52. Write a book for teenagers
  53. Write a children’s book
  54. Have a syndicated newspaper column
  55. Take more guitar lessons
  56. Have an incredible 50th birthday party
  57. Convene Two Beautiful People Conferences (TLC)
  58. Meet the Following People:
    Garth Brooks
    Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton
    Jimmy Carter
    The Dalai Lama
    Arnold Schwarzenegger
    George Lucas
    Kenny Rogers
  1. Attend the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee

In 2006, I added the following goals to my list:

  1. Attend the National Championship College Football Game
  2. Attend the Country Music Awards
  3. Take the Landmark Forum Training
  4. Create a dynamic coaching and training community with 500 or more members
  5. Sell one billion books by the year 2020 (500 million so far)
  6. Visit Buenos Aires, Argentina
  7. Attend the Oscar Awards ceremony
  8. Attend the Radio Music Awards in Los Vegas, Nevada
  9. Retire with a $30 million net worth
  10. Live to be 100+ years old
  11. Receive the CPAE designation from the National Speakers Association **
  12. Create a curriculum guide for a college course based on The Success Principles
  13. Create a high school curriculum guide based on The Success Principles
  14. Create a Curriculum Guide for teachers based on the Chicken Soup for the Soul stories
  15. Visit Japan
  16. Visit the Achawara tribe and work with a shaman in the rainforest with Lynn Twist
  17. Learn to play “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Bach on the piano
  18. Take a formal training in EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) (I’ve even written a book on it.)
  19. Develop a leadership training
  20. Go to Dubai
  21. Obtain a $1,000,000 advance for a book (The 30-Day Sobriety Solution)

I wrote this list back in 1989 at the age of 45 – and I’m proud to say that I’ve crossed more than a few goals off the list – 80 to be exact!

My 2019 New Year Goals Update: 

2018 has had many successes. These are goals I’ve set for 2019 that are very important to me, my business, and my family. Here’s what I will be focusing on in 2019:

My Financial goals for 2019 are:

  • To increase the Canfield Training Group gross income $5 million
  • To double my personal income
  • To earn $600,000 in personal speaking fees
  • To enroll 1000 people into our online Train the Trainer program
  • To enroll 50 people into our 2020 Train the Trainer program
  • To have a minimum of 200 people in our Caribbean Cruise in March

My Professional Goals for 2019 are:

  • To complete and publish the following 6 books Living the Success Principles, The Success Principles Workbook with Brandon Hall, The Success Principles for Women, The Power of Wow with Raymond Aaron, Unstuck book with Lyse Janelle, The Big, Bad Bully (a children’s book) with Miriam Laundry
  • To complete and publish to Tree of Life Meditation CDs with Deirdre Hade
  • To complete the strategic planning for a major podcast membership program
  • To complete and implement a membership and support program for our Canfield Train the Trainer graduates
  • To complete a thorough de-cluttering of my office
  • To hire a new part-time personal assistant for myself
  • To create a new more efficient system for handling my emails
  • To be complete 48 interviews or podcasts where others interview me—and
  • To develop a TEDx talk on the topic of Rejection is a Myth

My 2019 Relationship goals are:

  • To have a date night with my wife Inga every week that I am home and not on the road.
  • To have 100 or more Free days at home or on vacation with my wife
  • To spend a minimum of two weeks with my grandson Ozzie, who lives in Brooklyn, NY

My Health and Fitness Goals for 2019 are:       

  • To weigh 195 pounds or less
  • To work out using High-Intensity Interval Training and weightlifting for at least 30 minutes a day a minimum of 3 days a week.
  • To take two 20-minute walks a day
  • To drink two and a half liters of water a day
  • To get a minimum of 26 massages

My Fun and Recreation goals for 2019 are:

  • To take a 30-day vacation in Hawaii with my wife
  • To take a one-week vacation with my wife and six friends in a villa on the beach in the Bahamas

My Personal goals for 2019 are:

  • To read books on personal, spiritual or professional development for a minimum of 30 minutes a day.
  • To watch two TED or TEDx talks every week.
  • To read 36 or more books
  • To complete the new landscaping around the swimming pool area of the property

My Contribution Goals for 2019 are:

  • To give 4 free talks for the local community educational and nonprofit organizations in Santa Barbara
  • To tithe 10% of my after-tax income to nonprofit organizations including The Unstoppable Foundation, Child Abuse Learning and Mediation, The Bodhi Path Meditation Center, The Pachamama Alliance, UNICEF Children’s Fund, Doctors Without Borders, and Direct Relief.     
  • To provide one free online Train the Trainer program to someone in a third world country for every one we sell.

Once you’ve completed your list, please share some of your own personal development goals and professional goals in the comments below.

I’d love to read them!

Learn How to Transform Your Life and Career

Most of us have big dreams for our lives.

We yearn to create joyous, abundant, and meaningful existences for ourselves. We want to experience deep love and friendship. We want to feel mentally and physically strong, completely healthy, and financially secure. And we want to know that we’re great at what we do – and that we’re making a positive impact on the world. I’ve created a webinar called the 7 Pillars of True Life Transformation that will help you learn exactly how to live the life that you’re meant to live.

 

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How to Make 2019 Your Best Year Ever

Regardless of how you ring in the New Year (with lively parties and fireworks or cozy celebrations at home), there is a recurring theme at every New Year’s celebration: to the make this year the best year ever.

“If you get clear on the what, the how will be taken care of.” – Jack Canfield

Here are a few things you can do to make 2019 your best year yet.

1. Review Last Year

First, take inventory of last year. By reviewing last year and all the ups and downs of 2018, we are provided with the map to moving forward into 2019. Reflecting deeply on last year can highlight your successes and – more importantly – the areas most in need of improvement.

Find a quiet room in your house and carve out a bit of meditation time. Don’t be afraid to ask yourself the hard questions; the answers to the hardest of questions will only help you grow. Use a journal to collect your thoughts so that you can refer back to your answers.

  • What were the biggest accomplishments of 2018?
  • Why were those accomplishments meaningful for you? What did they signify?
  • Did you have any regrets? What were they?
  • What obstacles did you face?
  • What goals did you reach?
  • What goals did you not meet?
  • What are you not happy with in your life right now? This could be personal, professional, spiritual. Identify the areas that you want to improve, and be as specific as you can be.
  • And finally, what was the overall recurring theme of 2018?

By taking the time to review the events of the previous year, you not only have the opportunity to be grateful for all the good moments, but you also gain the knowledge of where and what to improve.

It is only when you know which areas truly need improving (and why), that you can work towards creating the best year ever.

Make 2019 Your Best Year Ever By Creating Your Extraordinary Life Plan.

2.  Try This Instead of Making New Year’s Resolutions

Next, don’t make New Year’s resolutions. On the outside, making New Year’s resolutions seems like a festive way to bolster optimism and prepare for the upcoming year.

However, there is a reason for so many jokes about resolutions fizzling out before Valentine’s Day: many individuals simply do not follow through on their resolutions – despite their best intentions.

Instead of setting resolutions, set New Year’s goals.

Although those words may seem interchangeable, understanding the difference can help you make the best out of 2019.

While a resolution is intended to be a promise you keep indefinitely, a goal refers to a specific achievement by a specific date.

An example of a resolution is something like, “I will go the gym every day.”

You intend to keep this promise, but because it is unrealistic, you lose momentum once you miss a few days and you realize you cannot keep this promise.

A goal is:

“I will run a 5K by April 30th, 2019.”

Unlike the resolution which has no end in sight, this goal has a very specific and measurable achievement (run a 5K) and deadline (April 30th). Because of these characteristics, goals are much easier to keep. And yes, it might entail going to the gym a lot, but you are not committing to more than you can realistically handle.

When you make your New Year’s goals, be sure to be as specific as you can. That is one of the keys to your success.

3. Create a Breakthrough Goal for the Year

A well-formed goal is both powerful and measurable. Specifically, a goal must quantify something, and it must list a specific date for completion. Going back to the goal versus resolution example from above, a good goal is:

“I will participate in the charity 5K on April 21st, and I will complete it in 30 minutes or less.”

As admirable of a goal as that is, your year has even greater chances of success if you set a breakthrough goal. A breakthrough goal is a goal that will quantum leap your success, a large goal that could dramatically changes your life dramatically.

Carefully consider possible breakthrough goals for yourself. What would dramatically change your life?

Instead of just running a 5K, set a breakthrough goal such as losing 35 pounds or totally eliminating the need for a certain medication.

Instead of just volunteering at the polls, set a breakthrough goal to run for a local office.

Or set a breakthrough goal to write a book, earn your Master’s degree or get your real estate license.

Because a breakthrough goal has the power to transform your life, it also has the power to make 2019 your best year ever. This fact alone makes setting a breakthrough goal one of the most powerful things you can do for your future success and future happiness. Follow these tips to make 2019 your best year ever. 

Make 2019 Your Best Year Ever, One Breakthrough Goal at a Time

If you are looking for a roadmap to achieve any goal and create the life you want, look no further than my Your Extraordinary Life Plan Program. 

This powerful video course is my ultimate training program in setting and achieving your biggest goals. I’ll walk you through the steps needed to create a crystal clear vision of what you want, choosing a BIG, ambitious goal, and putting together a complete plan of action and achievement. Make 2019 your best year yet.yelp-launch-bottom-blog-post-650x300

7 Tips to Help You Cheer Up In Less Than 60 Seconds

Every once in a while we find ourselves in a bad mood in need of a cheer up. Maybe you got a flat tire on the way to work, or the coffee shop messed up your drink order, but either way, you need a pick-me-up. You need to change your mood to happy.

a dog to change your mood and cheer up

Did this puppy help cheer you up?

There are a lot of strategies a person can use to change their mood and outlook over the long term, however, not nearly as much attention is given to how a person can bust their bad mood fast.

Still, your attitude in the moment can have a big impact on your day and your life-at-large.

The good news is that if you find yourself slipping into a negative or self-defeating mood, there are ways to quickly right the ship.

How To Change Your Mood in 60 Seconds

The next time you feel your emotions veering toward a place you’d rather they didn’t go, try one of the following methods for changing your mood in 60 seconds or less.

1. Smile

Studies have shown that putting on a smile – even if it is forced – can lead to an almost immediate flood of endorphins. This endorphin release is actually triggered by the movement of muscles in your face, meaning that smiling carries this benefit even when your heart really isn’t in it.

Endorphins released by smiling serve to improve your overall happiness and reduce stress by triggering the stress-reducing hormone cortisol. Simply put, endorphins are feel-good neurotransmitters, and smiling can give you an extra boost when you need them most.

2. Express Gratitude for Everything

Second, you can do what is called a “Rampage of Gratitude”. Rampages are typically associated with being over-the-top expressions of negative emotions, but that doesn’t have to be the case – they can be over-the-top expressions of gratitude and positive emotions as well.

If you find yourself slipping into a negative mood, spend the next minute going on a gratitude rampage.

Identify everything that exists in your life that you have reason to be thankful for, and spend a moment reflecting on each thing that comes to mind. Be thankful for the existence of those things, and be thankful for your own existence. It’s even more powerful if you express each thing you are grateful for out loud.

The truth is, everyone has countless reasons to be thankful, and spending a few moments focusing on those reasons can do a world of good for your mood.

What I like to do is just stand up and walk around for a few minutes and appreciate everything I see.

For example:

I appreciate the carpet on the floor. It makes everything much quieter and more beautiful.

I am grateful for the people who made the carpet and the people who installed it.

I am grateful for my computer and the internet that lets me interact with all my students around the world.

I am grateful for my cell phone.

I am grateful for my Amazon Echo and Alexa, whom I can ask anything of, and she always has an immediate answer.

I am grateful for Pandora, especially the James Taylor and Paul Simon channels.

I am grateful for the weather in Santa Barbara.

 I am grateful for my stapler and my scotch tape dispenser that allows me to keep everything in order.

Even the little things matter. 

3. Meditate for a Minute

Research has shown that as little as 3 minutes can begin to alter your state of mind. The short-term benefits of meditation are just as beneficial as the long-term benefits of meditation.

If you’re in need of a relaxing pick-me-up, take a couple minutes to meditate or perform a few deep-breathing exercises.

Even just a few minutes of meditation can serve as sort of a mental reset button, reducing stress, calming worry and anger, and leaving you in a noticeably better mood.

4. Use Positive Affirmations

The power of a few minutes of repeating positive affirmations is something that should be used.

Positive affirmations are a proven technique to improve your mood, reduce stress, and boost your confidence.

The trick is that your subconscious tends to believe what you repeatedly tell it. This is why people with a negative outlook tend to end up affirming their negative views as truth in what amounts to a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Thankfully, the reverse is also true, and positive affirmations can be used to convince yourself that the positive things you tell yourself really are true.

Your positive affirmations will vary depending on your own goals, interest, and current situation, but choose affirmations that will uplift and inspire you, then spend a minute repeating them to yourself.

Here are a few examples of uplifting affirmations:

I am courageous and I stand up for myself.

I am brimming with energy and overflowing with joy.

I have everything I need to do anything I want.

I am becoming more calm and centered with every breath I take.

I am joyfully and peacefully completing everything I need to do.

I am using my limitless gifts and talents to accomplish all of my dreams and goals.

I always find solutions to any challenges and roadblocks and easily move quickly past them.

5. Listen to Uplifting Music

Music affects your mind, your emotions, and your soul in a number of ways.

It’s no small wonder then, that music in some form or another has been around almost since the dawn of man.

A study published by the University of Missouri in 2013 concluded that participants who listened to upbeat music even for just a brief period of time reported improved mood and increased happiness. Just note that word “upbeat” is key; sad, slow songs won’t have the desired result.

Create a personal playlist of upbeat songs for yourself that you can always access when you need it.

My playlist includes songs like Eye of the Tiger by Survivor, You Make Loving Fun by Fleetwood Mac, Celebration by the Pointer Sisters, Beat It by Michael Jackson, Brave Faith by Jana Stanfield, It’s a Great Day to Be Alive by Travis Tritt, Hands by Jewel, and All You Need Is Love by the Beatles.

6. Get Some Sun

The next tip is to simply go outside and get a little sun.

There’s a reason that depression rates soar in the winter time when the sunshine is less frequent. In fact, some studies have shown that people who get more sunlight exposure during the day sleep better at night, are more alert and productive, and are less likely to suffer from conditions such as depression.

Sunshine can be just as beneficial for a quick mood boost, too. If the weather and your location permit it, step outside, take a few breaths of fresh air, and soak up a little sunlight. It shouldn’t take long before you begin to notice the benefits.

7. Hug Someone

The last tip is to give someone a hug. Physical contact is one of the all-time best mood improvers.

Like smiling, giving someone a hug releases a flood of feel-good hormones and neurotransmitters that are great for reducing stress.

These include cortisol and oxytocin – both of which are powerful mood improvers.

If there’s no one around you that you feel comfortable hugging, try giving yourself a self-massage.

Rubbing your temples, forehead, hands, and neck is a decent stand-in for physical contact and has been shown to have many of the same benefits.

Working on improving your mood in the long-term can certainly boost the quality of your life. Changing your mood fast, though, can go a long way to improving your current day. In addition, quick, short-term improvements eventually add up to long-term results.

Try one of the tactics we just covered for changing your mood in 60 seconds or less the next time you need it. You should be able to curb your bad mood and quickly cheer up back into a beneficial state of mind.

Let me know which tip you used to cheer up and how it affected you in the comments. Discover the power of positivity with your FREE guide for everyday positive thinking by clicking the button below.

Dinner With Oprah & Thoughts on Her New Book “The Wisdom of Sundays”

Jack Canfield and Oprah Winfrey

Guess who came to dinner last week? Oprah Winfrey.

When I was at Oprah’s estate in Montecito to film my Super Soul Sunday show, I told Oprah that I wanted to introduce her to some other people who lived in the Santa Barbara area.

She gave me her phone number and said, “Great. Invite me to dinner.”

Some time went by, and I had not yet done it, and then in October, she invited me, along with 300 others to the Sunday Gospel Brunch she put on to launch her newest book, The Wisdom of Sundays, which is a beautiful collection of the best aha moments of inspiration and soul-expanding insight from her three-time Emmy Award-winning Super Soul Sunday television show interviews.

At brunch, Oprah reminded me that I had not yet put together that dinner. So last week, I did. Oprah, my wife Inga and I, Dawa Tarchin Phillips (a local Buddhist meditation teacher) and his wife Aranza, and Barnet Bain (the director of Milton’s Secret, the film version of Eckhart Tolle’s children’s book) and his wife Sandi Stuart.

We had an amazing evening discussing a number of topics, including Oprah’s Leadership Academy for Girls, which she opened near Johannesburg, South Africa. I offered to gift all the teachers and the counselors in the school our Train the Trainer Online program, and Oprah accepted the offer, and we are also discussing my going to South Africa with her to conduct a live training for the teachers.

Here is a picture we took at the end of the evening.

Group picture at Oprah's house with jack canfield

I also want to encourage you to purchase a copy of The Wisdom of Sundays. It is a beautiful, cherishable, deeply-affecting book. 

Organized into ten chapters―each one representing a powerful step in Oprah’s own spiritual journey and introduced with an intimate, personal essay by Oprah herself.

The book features selections from the most meaningful conversations between Oprah and some of today’s most-admired thought-leaders, including myself, Tony Robbins, Arianna Huffington, Shonda Rhimes, Eckhart Tolle, Thich Nhat Hahn, Marianne Williamson and Wayne Dyer, Cheryl Strayed, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Elizabeth Lesser.

Illustrated with beautiful photographs, many taken on her Montecito estate, The Wisdom of Sundays is a beautiful book, a great read, and will make a great gift book for the coming holidays. Here’s a link to the book on Amazon.com.