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 corkboard or large piece of paper would work as well. Then glue, tack, or tape your pictures to the paper or corkboard 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.

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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)

Inkwell pen on paper to make a list of lifetime goals, by jack canfield

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)

My 2018 New Year Goals Update: 

2017 has had many successes. I’m adding 3 more goals to my list that are very important to me, my business, and my family. Here’s what I will be focusing on in 2018:

  1. Have 1,000,000 people (teachers, trainers, coaches, and counselors) actively teaching the Success Principles by the year 2030
  2. Enroll 5,000 people into our Train the Trainer Online program
  3. To have at least 100 “Free Days” (24-hour days from midnight to midnight with no activities for work), so I can spend more time with my wife, my family, and my friends 

I’m looking forward to everything that 2017 has to bring. I wish you a wonderful year.

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!

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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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.

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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.

Is the Secret Real?

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Is the Secret real? If you’re familiar with my work you know that I’m a huge believer in the Law of Attraction. I was even featured in the groundbreaking movie and book The Secret, which introduced the world to the Law of Attraction in a massive way. I’ve also written several books about it and the Law of Attraction is featured prominently in the success principles and all the other programs I’ve created.

Over the years I’ve heard many people ask whether or not the Secret is real.

Today I want to answer that question…

The Law of Attraction states that the universe responds to whatever vibration you are offering by giving you more of whatever you are vibrating. It doesn’t care whether it’s good for you or not. It simply responds to your vibration, whether it’s love, joy, abundance, prosperity, or whether it’s fear, anxiety, resentment or anger.

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How I Know the Secret is Real

First, I know the Secret is real because I’ve used it to achieve, and in most cases exceed, all of the goals that I’ve set in finding amazing success with the best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul series, creating a high multimillion dollar net worth, a beautiful home, fulfilling relationships, dream vacations all over the world, and a successful company.

Second, I’ve also seen the graduates from my training use it with great success. Watch this video below where I talk about some success stories of people using the Secret in their lives to achieve wonderful things.

Show Appreciation for All Things

Joe Vitale tells a wonderful story of being dirt poor and living in a rundown apartment.  Joe was reading a book on the Law of Attraction that said, “Write down what you’re grateful for.” He said, “What the hell do I have to be grateful for?” I’m in this crappy apartment. I’ve got a pencil and a piece of paper. He said, “I stopped and said, ‘Okay if I could be grateful what would it be for?'”

Joe thought, “Well I have a piece of paper. I could write down my goals. I have an eraser. I could erase my limiting beliefs. I have my life. I have clothes. I’m in a country where I’m safe. I’ve got water coming out of a faucet.” 

He started writing down all of the things he wanted to have and at the end of the day he had a list of goals he wanted, and within a year he was out of that apartment, he was in a wonderful place, he was making money, he was writing a book. Everything shifted because he hit bottom and he thought, “Okay, even at the bottom I still have something to be grateful for.”

If you have food in the refrigerator, if you have electricity, if you have running water, you’re better off than half the people in the world. Over half the people in the world are living on less than $3 a day. I know people that are making $100,000 a year that feel like they are poor. If you’re making $100,000 a year in the top one-tenth of 1% in the world of the income. Take some time and start inventorying in your life what you do have and focus on doing what I call a rampage of appreciation.

Take time to walk around your environment and make a list of everything you have that you can appreciate. Things like:

  • The carpet that you have
  • The running water
  • The windows that are clean
  • The cat that you love
  • The plants that you have in your house
  • You have toilets that flush
  • You have food in your refrigerator
  • You have a car perhaps
  • You have warm clothes in the winter
  • You’ve got shoes

All of the things that are out there that you have that are gifts that you have that most people don’t have. Whatever it is. Make sure you focus on that.

Do a little show of appreciation every day for a couple of minutes.

How do You Respond to Things in Your Life?

I want to give you a little bit of homework. We’ve talked about inventorying what you currently have and what you’re currently experiencing in your life. This is your current reality.

Also make note of how you respond to things like current events, the news, what the people in the government are doing, how people treat you, what’s happening in the stock market, how you feel when you open up your paycheck or you look at your bank statement, how your children are doing in school, and whether or not your favorite sports team wins.

What is your emotional reaction to all of these things? Is it calm acceptance? Is it unconditional love? Is it joy? Is it peace? Or is it anger, fear, hopelessness, and resignation?

The Secret to the Law of Attraction is that it responds to your negative as well as your positive vibrations when you’re reacting to these external events.

It attracts to you more of what it is you’re vibrating. If you get angry at the news you’re going to attract more things to be angry about. If that is the case you might want to stop watching the news. Instead, engage in activities that bring you joy.

Think Thoughts of Peace and Love

Think about thoughts that bring you peace and love.

One of the most important things you need to focus on in your life is to protect your own positive vibration.

One of the things I often suggest to my students is to go on a 30-day news fast. No newspapers, no news on TV or radio, no magazines, only listen to positive music, only read uplifting books, and only watch uplifting movies. Then notice how you feel. I really strongly encourage you to try that for 30 days.

These are only a few of the amazing Law of Attraction success stories that prove that the Secret is indeed real. Leave a comment below on what you think, and I’ll be sure to follow up with you.

If you want to learn how to activate the Law of Attraction in your life, click the button below.

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Visualization Techniques to Affirm Your Desired Outcomes

My Personal Vision Board

A vision board is a perfect tool to help you visualize your goals and activate the Law of Attraction. The best way to achieve your goals is to keep them top of mind so that you’re always looking for ways to move closer to them.

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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.

Vision boards can be bought from our website 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.

The main idea of a vision board is, that it’s a place where you capture images of the goals that you have in your life, the things you want to experience, the things you want to own, and the things you want to do.

The subconscious mind is much more powerful than the conscious mind. We can program the subconscious and the unconscious by putting in images and words and affirmations on a consistent and regular basis.

My Personal Vision Boards

I currently have two vision boards. One is a fold out vision board that I can travel with and close up for privacy and a vision board on the back of my door in my office. So, every time I leave my office, I stop and I look at the images on that board. It’s in my face every day, probably 8 to 10 times a day.  

I’ve been using vision boards in one form or another since the 1970’s. My first “vision board’ was a $100,000 bill that I made myself.

I taped it to the ceiling above my bed so that I would see it every day when I woke up. I set the goal for myself that I wanted to make $100,000 in one year. At that point, I was making $8,000 a year so this was more than 12 times my annual income.

Every morning when I would wake up, I would visualize that. I would close my eyes and visualize my $100,000 lifestyle.

What it would be like…

Where I would live…

The Navajo rugs I was going to buy I put on my walls…

The little lake house I would have…

The car I would own…

And everything else I could think of.

Guess what happened? Within about 30 days, I started having hundred thousand dollar ideas for the first time in my life.

Within a year I had earned $92,000. It was an amazing breakthrough.

At the end of that year, my wife asked me, “Do you think it’ll work for a million dollars?” I said, “I don’t know, It worked for $100,000. So, let’s do it.”

We made a million dollar bill and put that on the ceiling. And within a few years, I received my first $1,000,000 check for a book royalty for the first Chicken Soup For The Soul.

Today, my current vision board has:

  • Pictures of million dollar bills.
  • A picture of a man doing yoga because I want to be more flexible.
  • A picture of a strong back, because I want to have a pain free and flexible back.
  • A resort in Hawaii and Tahiti because I want to spend more time there.
  • A world map, because I want to enroll trainers in my Train the Trainer Online program from every country in the world.
  • A piano, because I’m learning to play the piano, and more.

Make sure you put images and words. You can cut them out of magazines. You can go to Google images and other image sites online. Print them out, cut them out and paste them on your vision board.

The Power of Visualization

Visualization from a vision board has three main benefits.

  1. It activates the creative powers of your subconscious mind to come up with ideas and solutions for achieving your goals.
  2. It programs the perceptual filters in your brain to start noticing the available resources that are present in your environment that were always there but escaped your notice.
  3. Through the law of attraction, visualization also magnetizes and attracts to you the people, the resources, and the opportunities you need to achieve your goal.

By adding visualization practice to your daily routine, you will naturally become more motivated to reach your goals. And you’ll start to notice you are unexpectedly doing things that move you closer to your ideal life. You’re going to feel more motivated and you’re going to be doing things you’re going to be surprised at the outcomes that start to happen.

I’d like to offer you today my 21 Ways To Make Your Vision Board More Powerful. It’s a wonderful checklist that will help you create an actionable vision board and create the success you want in your life.

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5 Leadership Traits of Great Leaders

Whether you’re climbing the corporate ladder, building a network marketing downline, working for social change, or even coaching a Little League team or organizing a civic event, knowing leadership traits of effective leaders will make you more successful in any role.

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Becoming a leader gives you the opportunity to magnify your impact in the world. It allows you to leverage the hearts and actions of others toward the achievement of goals and objectives that you care about. It allows you to produce bigger results faster than you could ever do on your own. And while we’re not all destined to become leaders on a level with John F. Kennedy, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Steve Jobs or Mother Teresa, we can all learn to develop our leadership skills for positive impact in our organizations and our local communities.

Along the way, we can even transform the people we lead.

We can help them grow, expand and improve.

We can help them cope better, think bigger, and become more confident.

Growing people is what transformational leaders do every day. And there are really five key qualities that I think elevate someone to the significance of a great leader.

Great Leaders are Open to Feedback

The first is that a great leader is open to feedback. They aren’t afraid of hearing the truth. In fact, they pro-actively seek out feedback from their team, their peers, the marketplace, and their customers – in whatever form those individuals might be. They don’t argue with the feedback or get angry. They just take it in as information.

Leaders Create a Safe Space

Next, a great leader creates a safe space for people to voice their ideas, concerns, and solutions. Nothing should be off the table.

They Listen Without Prejudice

In fact, listening without prejudice is probably the greatest skill of a leader. It’s how new ideas get heard and gain traction. It’s how new products are invented, new methods are developed, and innovative solutions become mainstream solutions.

Leaders Use Sensible Responses to Different Situations

What’s number four? True leaders understand that they have the opportunity and ability to respond differently to every situation. When events arise – good or bad – leaders see these events as neutral. But they see their response to that event as crucial.

Good leaders know that the way they respond can save a situation or make it worse. They can turn a negative event into an opportunity for positive change. They can turn mistakes into teachable moments for their team. And they can use sensible responses as examples that transform their team members into smarter, more innovative and more collaborative participants in reaching the goal.

They Transform Other Team Members into Leaders

Which brings to my fifth quality of great leaders: they transform individual team members into people with leadership qualities who can take on greater responsibilty and begin leading key aspects of a project, business or initiative.

Mary Parker-Follett, who was a pioneer in organizational theory and behavior, once said that, “The most essential work of the leader is to create more leaders.”

The world is getting ever more complicated. As a leader, you’ll face increasing levels of uncertainty and complexity—that’s just how the world works. You can’t possibly know or control everything. So one way to overcome this is to coach your people to take a leadership role in their part of the project.

Growing people is something we in the transformational and human potential field have been doing for decades.

Over the past few years, I’ve worked with a number of emerging leaders to hone their skills and give them the tools and training they need to transform team members into smart, motivated, responsible and forward-thinking people who are focused and driven to achieve goals in their organization.

Learn How to Train Others Great Leadership Traits

For 40 years, I’ve been refining something we call The Canfield Methodology – a combination of personal transformation exercises and success skills that we’ve brought to literally millions of people in 108 countries. I’m now helping to develop the next generation of conscious leaders who are skilled not just at meeting organizational goals, but also at growing the next wave of leaders and innovators for their organization.

How to Build Self-Esteem & Overcome Shyness Using This One Technique

When you have high self-esteem and self-confidence you show the world the best version of yourself. Nothing is more important than the way you think and feel about yourself.

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In the late 1980s, I did a lot of work in the education field helping teachers and administrators bring self-esteem training to the classroom. If students felt more confident about their abilities, we discovered, they stretched more as students – which improved the learning process by making them less afraid of failure. One byproduct of building confidence and self-esteem is that you tend to be less shy about speaking up, offering your ideas, and showing the world your best self.

You might think it’s odd that someone like me who’s been teaching success principles and self-esteem building methods for over 40 years could be shy, but I am – in many situations. It takes a lot of focus and energy for me to interact with businesspeople, legal teams, and advanced-level academics and not feel timid when voicing my thoughts and asking questions.

Build Self-Esteem With The Mirror Exercise

One technique I’ve recommended over the years to help people be more confident and more open to receiving validation and praise—and therefore be more willing to accomplish praiseworthy acts and voice their opinions—is called The Mirror Exercise.  

It’s based on the theory that we all need acknowledgment, but we need acknowledgment from ourselves most importantly.  If you don’t think your successes are worthwhile, why on Earth would you bother to achieve anything worthwhile in the future?

The Mirror Exercise gives your subconscious mind the positive “strokes” it needs to pursue further achievements and it helps change any negative beliefs you have toward praise and accomplishment, which puts you in an achieving frame of mind.

Set aside a couple of minutes toward the end of each day when you’ll have quiet time. Relax and take a few deep breaths, then think through any accomplishments you’ve achieved during the day—big, small…doesn’t matter.

Maybe you met a deadline or got a project done early.  Maybe you saved more money toward your emergency fund or paid off a debt.
When you’re ready, stand or sit in front of your mirror and begin by saying, “Good evening.  I want to appreciate you for the following things today.”  

Then acknowledge yourself for everything you did that was a success.  

If I were doing this tonight, my Mirror Exercise might sound like this:

“Okay, Jack.  You got up on time. You meditated for half an hour. You got that book Foreword written on time. You handled that staff meeting really well. You made that cold call to a potential new distributor. You went to lunch and ate a healthy salad. You worked out before dinner and kept your body in shape. At home, you spent quality time with your wife.  You finished your day by planning your must-do tasks for tomorrow.”  

When you’re done acknowledging your successes, then look yourself in the eye – and this is the hardest part – say,

“One more thing, Jack. I want you to know that I really love you.”

The first time you do this exercise, you’ll feel awkward, weird and maybe a lot of other emotions. You may be thinking, “This is stupid.”

Very few of us know what it’s like to totally acknowledge ourselves. While you may be uncomfortable in the beginning, keep at it. I’ve had grown men—key executives in major companies—tell me how much better they feel about themselves and their confidence after doing this exercise just a week or less.  

Ideally, I want you to do the Mirror Exercise diligently for at least three months.  After 90 days of telling yourself how successful you are, will there be any question that you truly are?  Or that you can go on to succeed even more?

Will there be any question that you have the self-confidence to face any situation?

Join a Mastermind Group

One other way to build your self-confidence and overcome shyness is to get involved in a mastermind group or recruit an accountability partner who can support you when you’re faced with situations where you need to stay strong. They can actually create a safe space where you can build that new muscle.

Everything you need to create your first Mastermind Group here: FREE Mastermind Workbook

They can help you practice specific situations – even role-play with you – creating hypothetical scenarios where you’re not attached to the outcome. I call these high-intention-low-attachment activities – situations where you intend to get the best result possible – and you work hard to do so – but if it doesn’t happen the way you envision, you don’t fall apart over it.

But perhaps the best way to practice high self-esteem and overcome shyness is to build the habit of being confident when it doesn’t really matter. Ask for something where you don’t really need a yes.

Practice getting to yes, but don’t criticize yourself or feel bad if it doesn’t happen.

Today, in addition to the transformational training and coaching that we do to help adults grow in every area of life, we also teach people how to be more confident and overcome shyness.

If you’re interested in starting a mastermind group of your own, click the button below to get my Mastermind Workbook.

Law of Attraction Stories of Success That Will Inspire You

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The Law of Attraction states that you will attract into your life whatever you focus on. Whatever you give your energy and attention to will come back to you. So, if you stay focused on the good and positive things in your life, you will automatically attract more good and positive things into your life.

My mentor was a man named W. Clement Stone, who was worth $600 million when I worked for him.

He coached me about the Law of Attraction when I was a teacher in Chicago making $8,000 a year. He told me, “I want you to set a goal that’s so big that if you achieve it, you’ll know it’s because of the secret I am teaching you.”

I decided that that goal was to make $100,000 that year. I created an image of a $100,000 dollar bill and hung it on the ceiling above my bed. Every morning I’d see the image. I’d visualize what it would be like to have $100,000. Everything I did was to achieve that goal. At the end of the year, I had made $97,000. This would never have been possible without the Law of Attraction, these visualization techniques, and meditation.  

I have since gone beyond that goal by using The Law of Attraction, in my life.

Here are some other Law of Attraction Success Stories:

The Law of Attraction and Kabir

After watching the world’s greatest magician, David Copperfield, perform on television in Malaysia, Kabir found his calling to be a magician at 6 years old. Growing up, his passion grew and he could no longer keep it as a hobby. A copy of The Success Principles found its way to his hands and he was clear more than ever that he wanted to become the Malaysian David Copperfield.

The mind is also a powerful, and some would say magical, thing. A big part of The Law of Attraction is what I like to call, Acting as if. If you act as if you’re already where you want to be, the universe will respond to those vibrations. He asked himself, “If I were already a world-famous magician, how would I act?”

So he started carrying that demeanor and made a vision board.

After attending one of my workshops, he tracked me down and told me of his dreams to study and perform in America.

I told him he was doing great, but instead of saying, “I want to study magic in America,” say, “I am studying magic in America.”

He changed his vision board even more to reflect that, and through his new mindset, persistence, and the vibrations he was putting out, he was able to attract a wealthy Chinese businessman through a mastermind group that was willing to sponsor him to study magic in America.

He then had a friend mock up a newspaper article with the headline: “MALAYSIAN MAGICIAN TO PERFORM IN HOLLYWOOD” to add to his vision board.

I’m sure you can guess what happened after that. After a year of visualizing and taking out-of-the-box actions, he received an invitation to perform at The Magic Castle in Hollywood.

The Law of Attraction and Daniel

Here’s another one:

After seeing the film The Secret, my explanation of the Law of Attraction made Daniel understand the power of his intentions, goals, and focus at a new level. He decided to apply that to the dream home he wanted in Maui. He made the best offer he could make when it went on sale, but it was so low, the bank didn’t even counter.

The highest bidder fell through and the bank lowered the price of the house.

So Daniel got serious about what he truly could afford and what he felt was the right price for his family, and it was still too low.

My words, “everything you want also wants you, but you have to take action to get it” resonated with him and his family.

So as crazy as it sounds to most people, he and his family put a visualization practice in action. Almost every day, they would drive up to the house’s driveway, park, and act as if the house was theirs.

He would wave hello to his family as if he were coming home from work, they would plan where furniture would go, and they would sit on the back deck to look at the horse enclosure and imagine their horse living with them again, instead of being boarded at the stable nearby.

He then read The Success Principles and his conviction level skyrocketed. He felt truly on track for success. After paying to have the house inspected before its second auction, he no longer felt anxious and obsessed. He was calm and at peace, knowing he was doing everything absolutely possible to get the house.

Then what do you know?

The higher bid fell through again and the bank called if he could raise his price by $15,000. Daniel stood by his bid saying that’s the price that’s right for his family. A few days later, he received a call that the bank verbally accepted his offer!

The Law of Attraction and Sharon

And I’d like to share one last story with you:

Sharon immediately became a believer of The Law of Attraction after watching The Secret while eating pizza, and hearing about my story of placing a $100,000 check of the money I wanted to manifest within 12 months above my bed.  

She put out into the universe that the next time she would eat pizza, it would be at 1pm at Venice, Italy on May 1st, her birthday.

She really loved pizza, so you can imagine how much of a big sacrifice that was!  

She started telling everyone about her request, not caring if people thought she was crazy because she knew it was going to happen. She built a vision board of the canals of Venice and printed out a photo from the hotel she wanted to stay at of a window overlooking a terrace and a canal.

In January of the year she set out to go to Venice, someone she had met earlier and heard of her request, offered to give her a ticket to Venice with no strings attached. Then after learning the hotel she wanted was booked for a conference, she believed the universe would deliver and called back two weeks later to find a room available. Turns out, it was the room where the exact picture on her vision board was taken.

You Need to Take Action

I hope you feel empowered by these stories. In order to unleash the full power of the Law of Attraction like in these stories, you need to take action.

The Law of Attraction doesn’t work by just sitting there and wishing for these things to come to you. So I want you to just start by creating a detailed list of every step you’ll need to take to achieve your goals. I guarantee this will make it easier to move into action. To hold you more accountable, feel free to share your action plan with me in the comments and I’ll be sure to follow up with you.

If you want to learn how to master your thoughts and emotions to make your dreams and goals come true, click the button below to download my free guide on activating the Law of Attraction in your life.

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10 Life Purpose Tips to Help You Find Your Passion

If you want to be fulfilled, happy, content, and experience inner peace and ultimate fulfillment, it’s critical that you learn how to find your passion and life purpose. Without a life purpose as the compass to guide you, your goals and action plans may not ultimately fulfill you.

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How to Discover Your Life Purpose

After working with more than a million people all over the world, I have come to believe that each of us is born with a unique life purpose.

Identifying, acknowledging, and honoring this purpose is perhaps the most important action successful people take. They take the time to understand what they’re here to do – and then they pursue that with passion and enthusiasm.

For some of us, our purpose and passion in life is obvious and clear. We’re born with a set of talents and through persistent practice, we develop our talents into skills.

My children are prime examples of clear purpose. It was clear from the moment they got on the planet what they were interested in.

One son wanted to draw all the time, and he is now in the art world. Another son was always tapping out rhythms on paint cans and dishes, and he’s now in the music world, along with one of his brothers.

My daughter is in the literary world, and my stepson is definitely in the business world.

My stepdaughter is also in the arts – she began singing and drawing when she was two. And my stepson is in the business world. He was making business plans and selling things to his friends by the time he was in middle school.

They all had natural talents that were clear indicators of what they ended up ultimately being passionate about.

For some people, though, it’s not as easy to identify a passion. You may even have asked yourself at one point or another, “What should I do with my life?”  “What is my passion?” or “What is my life purpose.”

Alternatively, you may enjoy what you do, but on deeper exploration, discover that you’re passionate about something altogether different than what you do.

Below I’d like to give you 10 tips to help you find your life passion and true purpose.

1. Explore the Things You Love To Do & What Comes Easy to You

We are all born with a deep and meaningful purpose that we have to discover. Your purpose is not something you need to make up; it’s already there. You have to uncover it in order to create the life you want. You may ask yourself, “What is my purpose in life?” You can begin to discover your passion or your purpose by exploring two things:

  1. What do you love to do?  
  2. What comes easily to you?

Of course, it takes work to develop your talents- even the most gifted musician still has to practice-but it should feel natural, like rowing downstream rather than upstream. I love to teach, to write, to coach, to facilitate, to train, and to develop transformational seminars, workshops, and courses. I love to bring other leaders together for conferences and to co-create new approaches to our work.

These things come easy for me. Although I invested many years in learning how to master these skills, I loved every minute of it. In other words, work is required, but suffering is not. If you are struggling and suffering, you are probably not living on purpose.

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2. Ask Yourself What Qualities You Enjoy Expressing the Most in the World

First, ask yourself, What are two qualities I most enjoy expressing in the world? Mine are love and joy.

Second, ask yourself, What are two ways I most enjoy expressing these qualities? Mine are inspiring and empowering people.

I inspire people with the moving stories that I tell in my seminars and that I write about in my books, and I empower them by teaching them powerful success strategies that they can apply in their own lives.

3. Create a Life Purpose Statement

Take a few moments and write a description of what the world would look like if it were operating perfectly according to you. In my perfect world, everybody is living their highest vision where they are doing, being, and having everything they want. Finally, combine all three into one statement, and you will have a clear idea of your purpose.

Mine is “Inspiring and empowering people to live their highest vision in a context of love and joy.”

4. Follow Your Inner Guidance (What Is Your Heart Telling You?)

What if I told you that you have your own guidance system within you that can help you get from where you are in life to where you want to go?

It’s called your inner GPS. Your inner GPS is similar to the GPS system you use in your car or on your phone. It tells you how to get from point A to point B.

When you get in your car and are heading to a specific destination, what is the first thing you input into your GPS? First, it finds your current location. Once it’s determined where you are, it gives you directions to where you are heading.

For the system to work, it simply needs to know your beginning location and your end destination. The navigation system figures out the rest by the use of an onboard computer that receives signals from multiple satellites and calculates your exact position. Then it plots a perfect course for you.

All you have to do from that point on is follow the instructions it gives you to reach your destination.

Decide Where You Want to Go

All you have to do is decide where you want to go by clarifying your vision, then lock in your destination through goal setting, affirmations, and visualization, and then start taking the actions that will move you in the right direction.

With every picture you visualize, you’re “inputting” the destination you want to get to.

Every time you express a preference for something, you are expressing an intention.

A table by the window, front row seats at a conference, first-class tickets, a room with an ocean view, or a loving relationship.

All these images and thoughts are sending requests to the universe.

If you stay out of its way—meaning you don’t interrupt the process with a stream of negative thoughts, doubts, and fears, your inner GPS will keep unfolding the next steps along your route as you continue to move forward.

In other words, once you clarify and then stay focused on your vision (you can do this with a vision board or meditation), the exact steps will keep appearing along the way in the form of internal guidance, creating ideas, and new opportunities.

act as if you are already where you want to be, quote by jack canfield, man standing on a mountain at sunset

5. Be Clear About Your Life Purpose

Once you are clear about what you want and keep your mind constantly focused on it, the how will keep showing up—sometimes just when you need it and not a moment earlier.

You were born with an inner guidance that tells you when you are on or off course by the amount of joy you are experiencing. The things that bring you the greatest joy are in alignment with your purpose and will get you to where you want to go.

When you present your goals to the universe with all its powerful technology, you will be surprised and dazzled by what it delivers. This is where the magic and miracles truly happen.

Take some time to think honestly and openly about where you currently are in your life and what you want to do with your life.

What is your financial status? How are your relationships going? How is your health? And so on…

Next, think about where you would like to be.

If your life were perfect right now, what would it look like? What kind of job would you have and where would you be living? By continually doing this exercise, you’ll send powerful triggers to your subconscious mind to help you get there.

6. Conduct a Passion Test

Developed by Chris and Janet Attwood, The Passion Test is a simple, yet elegant, process. You start by filling in the blank 15 times for the following statement: “When my life is ideal, I am ___.” The word(s) you choose to fill in the blank must be a verb.

When Janet took me through the process, my statements looked like this:

  • My life is ideal when I’m being of service to massive numbers of people.
  • My life is ideal when I’m helping people with their vision.
  • My life is ideal when I’m speaking to large groups.
  • My life is ideal when I’m being part of a spiritual leaders network.
  • My life is ideal when I’m creating a core group of ongoing trainers who feel identified with my organization.

Once you’ve created 15 statements, you identify the top 5 choices. To do this, you compare statements #1 and #2 to identify which is most important. Take the winner of that comparison and decide whether it’s more or less important than statement #3.

Then take the winner of that comparison, and decide whether it’s more or less important than statement #4, and so on until you’ve identified the passion that is most meaningful to you.

Repeat the process with the remaining 14 statements to identify your second choice. Then repeat the process until you’ve pinpointed your top 5 passions in life.

Next, create markers for each of your top five passions, so that you can look at your life and easily tell whether you are living that passion.

For me, a life goal would be, “When I’m helping people live their vision I’m giving at least 20 workshops a year for at least 10,000 people total, and at each event, people are coming up afterward and saying, ‘You’ve really empowered me to live my vision.”

Once you know what your passions are and how your life will look when you are living it, you can create action plans to turn your dreams into reality.

7. Think About The Times You’ve Experienced the Greatest Joy In Your Life

Another technique you can use to help you identify your purpose is to conduct a joy review. Simply set aside about 30 minutes and make a list of all the times you’ve felt the greatest joy in your life.

(When I did this it was when I was a patrol leader in the Boy-scouts, when I was an officer in my military high school, when I was a summer camp counselor at a camp in Maine, my years as a leader in my college fraternity, my years as a high school teacher, when I was conducting workshops and training, when I was telling jokes, telling stories and when I was travelling.)

Then look for a pattern among all these times.

In my case, it was when I was teaching, and when I was inspiring and empowering people to go for their dreams and to have more love, joy, and abundance in their lives.

Since we know that joy is part of your internal guidance system telling you when you are on course, you can determine a lot about your life purpose from completing this joy review.

8. Follow This Example of Finding Purpose

One of my coaching students, a successful cardiologist, was struggling to identify his purpose. I suggested another exercise, and asked him to look back over his life and answer the question, When have I felt most fulfilled?

He shared three periods in which he felt the happiest and most fulfilled.

First, he told me about a time with his grandfather when he was growing up in India.

The second was his experience of playing with his own grandchildren.

The third was a time he spent vacationing on a sailboat.

When I asked him what was common to all three of these experiences, he told me that it was the sense of freedom that he felt.

Noticing that none of his three experiences related to his profession in medicine, I asked him to tell me about his most fulfilling experiences as a doctor.

The incidences he reported were when he had donated his services for free or for a lesser fee than his partners thought he should have charged. He shared about a time when he took a much longer time than usual during an office visit to support and encourage a family who were in fear of losing their father during an impending heart surgery.

Take Time for Yourself

As we examined his life further, it became apparent that he took very little time for himself. He was always on call, always working late, always over-scheduled with little or no free time for self-care. I asked him why this was so. He answered that people could die if he didn’t attend to them.

The problem became clear: By attending only to patients and never to himself, he was in a sense- dying.

To drive this point home, I asked him what he would do in the following situation: “A patient comes to you for an operation. If you operate on this patient, you will die. If you don’t operate on him, he will die. It’s him or you. What would you do?” He reflected quietly on this scenario for a long time, and then finally, he said, “I would choose to live, rather than die myself. It doesn’t make sense to kill myself to save others.”

This was a turning point in his life. He later told me that while he still wants to serve people, he now knows he has a right to take care of himself, his mind, his body, and his needs.

This cardiologist now places a higher value on doing what truly comes from his heart, not someone else’s.

you have the power to achieve greatness, take action, quote by jack canfield with rocky ocean waves

9. Align Your Goals With Your Life Purpose and Passions

We’re all gifted with a set of talents and interests that tell us what we’re supposed to be doing. Once you know what your life purpose is, organize all of your activities around it. Everything you do should be an expression of your purpose. If an activity or goal doesn’t fit that formula, don’t work on it.

Aligning with your purpose is most critical when setting professional goals. When it comes to personal goals, you have more flexibility.

If you want to learn how to paint or water ski, go ahead and do so. If your goal is to get fit and lose weight, move ahead with confidence. Nurturing yourself emotionally, physically and spiritually will make you more energized, resilient and motivated to live your purpose on the professional front.

However, don’t ignore the signs that your job or career is not right for you. If you dread Monday mornings and live for the weekends, it may be a sign that it’s time to follow your heart and pursue the work you long to do.

10. Lean Into Your True Life Purpose

Once you have gained more clarity about your purpose, you don’t need to completely overhaul your life completely all at once. Instead, just lean into it, bit by bit.

Start living your purpose a little more fully every day, and pay attention to the feedback you’re receiving from others and in terms of the results you are producing, and also to how you are feeling.

Breakthrough to YOUR Success with this Formula

You’ve got big dreams and ambitions. Now, it’s time to start acting on them while taking your life to a whole new level. I’d like to invite you to sign up for my free webcast called the Success Formula.

I continually ask my students the same exact questions I’m about to ask you:

  • Are you where you want to be?
  • Have you accomplished all you thought you would by now?
  • Are you enjoying the lifestyle, travel, weekends and leisure pursuits you’ve always dreamed of?
  • Do you want a more fulfilling career or business?
  • Could your relationships be deeper, more rewarding, and more meaningful?

If not, I’d like to challenge you to up-level every single aspect of your life, career, and lifestyle, STARTING NOW. I believe with the right tools, everyone can cultivate a mindset of success, and discover their greatest life purpose.

If you feel like you’re stuck, or you’re in need of a breakthrough, click the button below to sign up today for my free webcast, The Success Formula.

success formula webcast with jack canfield and lewis howes

Why You Need a Mastermind Group & How to Create Your Own

One of the most powerful tools ever used by successful people is the mastermind group. Napoleon Hill first talked about mastermind groups in his classic book Think and Grow Rich. And it’s the one concept people most reference when they credit any one thing with helping them become a millionaire.

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Here is my story about my mastermind and a few tips on how to create your own.

What is a Mastermind Group?

Andrew Carnegie had a mastermind group. So did Henry Ford.

In fact, Ford would mastermind with brilliant thinkers like Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone, and others in a group they held at their winter mansions in Coral Gables, Florida.

You might be asking, why start a mastermind group?

Hill, Carnegie, Ford, and Edison all knew, as millions of others have discovered since, that a mastermind group can focus special energy on your effort—in the form of knowledge, resources and spiritual energy, too.

Everything you need to create your first Mastermind Group here: FREE Mastermind Workbook

Napoleon Hill Mastermind

While you must always do the work of becoming a great success, a mastermind group can harness and maximize the spiritual focus behind your success.

It’s this spiritual aspect that Napoleon Hill wrote about extensively.

In fact, he said that if we are in tune with THE Mastermind—that is, God, the Universal Power or whatever term you use for the all-powerful life force, we have significantly more positive energy available to us—power that can be focused on our success.

Mastermind Definition

The definition of a Mastermind Group is simple. A mastermind group is made up of people (usually 6 to 8) who come together on a regular basis—weekly, biweekly, or monthly—to share ideas, thoughts, information, feedback, contacts, and resources.

By getting the perspective, knowledge, experience, and resources of others in the group, not only can you greatly expand your own limited view of the world, you can also advance your own goals and projects more quickly. 

They’ve been used by some of the most successful people throughout history. 

We all know that two heads are better than one when it comes to solving a problem or creating a result.

So, imagine having a permanent group of five to six people who meet regularly for the purpose of problem-solving, brainstorming, networking, encouraging and motivating each other, and holding each other accountable to taking action to achieve their goals.

A mastermind group can be composed of people from your own industry or profession—or people from different walks of life.

It can focus on business issues, personal issues or both. But for a mastermind group to be powerfully effective, people must be comfortable enough with each other to tell the truth.

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A picture of my Mastermind in Maui.

Some of the most valuable feedback I have ever received has come from members of my mastermind group confronting me about over-committing, selling my services too cheaply, focusing on the trivial, not delegating enough, thinking too small, and playing it safe.

How Does A Mastermind Group Work?

What’s an example of how this works?

You’ve probably seen bumper cars at a local theme park or carnival.

This life force is similar to the web of overhead cables that link those bumper cars to their energy source.

While you may be a single bumper car, you have a cable going up that connects you to that greater source of energy which provides the power you need to move forward.

Here’s the deal:

In the same way, “mastermind” is both that power coming to us from above, but also that power which comes to us from each other.

Together, we know more and can focus more energy than any one of us can alone.

The Importance of a Networking & Mastermind Groups

The more time I have spent consciously building and nurturing my business network of advisers, colleagues, clients, students, and fans, the more successful I have become.

Businesses and careers are built on relationships. Relationships form when people meet and interact with each other in an authentic and caring way.

Developing genuine relationships takes work. Here’s a video about masterminds and the importance. 

How Do I Start a Mastermind Group?

Assembling a mastermind group is easy.

Choose people who are already where you’d like to be in your life—or who are at least a level above you.

If your goal is to become a millionaire, you won’t get much help if everyone in your mastermind group is making $60,000 a year.

Of course, approaching successful people can be scary.

In fact, you might be thinking, “Why would anyone want to be in a mastermind group with me if I’m only making $60,000 a year?

So, why would they want to mastermind with you?

The answer is that many people at a higher level will want to become involved simply because they then get to play at a game they might never organize for themselves.

The other people you’re going to invite are people they would like to be around, too. But you won’t know until you ask.

Start by making a list and working your way down.

Running a Mastermind Group

Start by meeting together and then adding other selected, unanimously agreed-upon individuals who will work in total harmony for the good of each other and for the good of the group.

1. 4-8 People: Your Dream Team should consist of 4-8 people. Most people find that 6 is the ideal number.

2. Meet Weekly: Meet weekly, if possible, for an hour to an hour and a half. This meeting must be held sacred as a life-enhancing priority. The meetings should be upbeat, enriching, encouraging and beneficial to each individual and the group’s purposes. I always start our meetings with a prayer or an invocation. You could also start with an inspiring story.

3. Play All Out: Each member must agree to play all out — to openly share ideas, support, contacts, information, feedback, and anything else that will help advance the individual and group goals.

4. Start With Positive: Start by having each member share something positive and good that happened since the last meeting.

5. Share Problems or Opportunities: Next, have each member share an opportunity or problem they have experienced since the last meeting and ask for whatever support they would like on it. Appoint a time-keeper to make sure that everyone gets the same amount of time. This is important if you want your group to last. Everyone must get value at each meeting.

6. Share Appreciations: End by sharing appreciations and acknowledgments.

Mastermind Template

I’ve created a How to Create a Mastermind Group PDF that you can download here to get you started. From using it, maybe you’ll end up with a local columnist instead of the publisher — someone who might be a lot more helpful to you in the long-run.

If your goals are centered around a specific subject like starting a new business or investing money, you might start a mastermind group centered around entrepreneurship or investments.

Of course, the ideal mastermind group brings together people from different professional arenas — people that are “above” you and who can introduce you to a network of people you normally wouldn’t have access to.

Business Mastermind Topics: Template Questions to Ask Your Group

Ideally, a mastermind should be conducted weekly or every other week. Try to keep each meeting to a specific format to make sure everyone stays involved.

There are plenty of discussion topics you can ask in a mastermind group. The questions you will ask will ultimately depend on what your group focuses on.

Here are some basic questions and discussion topics to get your mastermind talking:

  1. Ask for spiritual guidance or help with a problem Ask for assistance and what you plan to get out of the meeting.
  2. Share what’s new and what good things have happened since your previous mastermind.
  3. Negotiate the time you need. If you need more time to solve your problem, or solve someone else’s, ask for it.
  4. Listen to others and brainstorm solutions. Ask questions after the person is finished.
  5. Commit to something that you wouldn’t normally do if it weren’t for the group. Ask yourself what goal would really push you and help you get the most out of the mastermind group.
  6. Show others gratitude. Express gratitude to others, ask others how to improve.

Start Your Mastermind Today!

While the benefits of a mastermind group with people outside your field may not seem obvious now, the truth is we all tend to get “stuck” in our own field of expertise, doing things the same way everyone else in our industry does.

But, when you assemble people from different industries and professions, you get lots of different perspectives on the same subject.

The ideal size of a mastermind group is 5-6 people. If it’s smaller, it loses its dynamics.

If it’s bigger, it gets unwieldy—meetings take longer, some needs go unmet and personal sharing is minimized.

Going through the process of participating in a mastermind group, you, too, might find yourself in a whole new role as a teacher or advocate or coach of sorts – leading people in the group to resources, ideas and new thoughts that can help them.

That’s what professional trainers do every day like those in my Train the Trainer Program.

Use the steps I’ve outlined for you to think about how you can benefit from a mastermind.

I’ve created a FREE Mastermind Guide that details how to start a mastermind group and run your own.  

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