How to Love Yourself & Make the World a Better Place in the Process

Have you ever wondered why we find it so easy to love other people yet find it so difficult learning how to love yourself?

how to love yourself

I think it’s because we have been taught that loving ourselves is selfish or conceited in some way. After all, nobody likes a narcissistic person who walks around saying, “I’m so awesome!” all the time, and never seems to care very much about anyone else.  

But there is a huge difference between loving yourself and being a narcissist!

Loving yourself doesn’t mean you think you’re better than everyone else.

It’s simply a matter of recognizing your own good qualities and acknowledging that you are a loveable person and that you are worthy of love.

Because no matter what you’ve been taught to believe, you ARE worthy of love. I want you to understand that at a bone-deep level.

No matter who you are or where you’re at in life, you deserve all the love in the world.

And the most important person you need to receive that love from, more than anyone else, is yourself.

Benefits of Loving Yourself

Here are three powerful reasons why loving yourself is the key to a good life – and why the world needs you to love yourself more now more than ever.

1. It Makes You Happier

Loving yourself is all about acknowledging your positive qualities and being kind to yourself. You spend less time berating yourself for your mistakes and perceived flaws with negative self-talk and more time celebrating your successes and building on your strengths.

And if you’ve been following me for any length of time, you probably know that what you focus on grows.

So when you focus on your successes and your strengths, the more successful and more capable you’ll become!

And of course, that is going to increase your happiness, your satisfaction, and your enjoyment of life.

2. It Makes You Healthier

Because a big part of loving someone is giving them what they need to thrive – mentally, physically, and spiritually. So when you love yourself, what we’re really talking about is practicing self-care and giving yourself what you need to show up in the world as your best self.

3. It Makes the World a Better Place

Because when you show up in the world as your best self, you encourage others to do the same – and it creates a positive ripple effect that impacts the lives of many others.

Not only that – when we love ourselves, we become so much better at loving others. We’re kinder to each other because we’ve learned how to be kind to ourselves. And I think we can all agree that the world today needs a lot more love and kindness in it.

Learn How to Love Yourself

All right, so exactly HOW do you learn how to love yourself?

Here are some tips:

1. Get More Sleep

Most people are chronically sleep deprived, which is a problem – because when you don’t get enough sleep, you’re more likely to get sick, become obese, suffer from depression, develop cancer, and put yourself at risk of a whole host of other health problems as well.

So one of the nicest things you could ever do for yourself is to get the rest you need. I don’t care how much work you have, schedule several nights a week where you are going to go to bed earlier and get at least 8 hours of sleep.

2. Eat Healthier

When you eat healthy food in the amounts your body needs, you have more energy and feel better about yourself. And you’re less likely to become sick. Eat fewer carbs and more protein and vegetables.

3. Get More Exercise

It doesn’t have to be painful or strenuous – it can be as simple as doing yoga, tai chi, some basic calisthenics or going for a daily walk. Physical activity releases endorphins, boosts your energy and mood, increases your emotional resilience and improves your self-esteem.

There are also a number of exercise videos you can buy, pop into your DVD player or your computer and just follow along. The key is to build it into your calendar at a specific time each day.

4. Celebrate Your Success

Take time every week to celebrate your successes and remind yourself what you’re capable of achieving. Not only will it boost your confidence and self-esteem, but it will also motivate you to achieve more success in life. One way to do this is to keep a Victory Log where you write down your successes at the end of each day.

5. Be Gentle With Yourself

No one is perfect. You’re going to make mistakes. Instead of berating yourself for them, use your mistakes as an opportunity to learn something that will help you get better results in the future.

My sixth tip is to take time for yourself. Make sure to give yourself time every week to do something you love. Take a hot bath, read a book, watch a movie, spend time on your favorite hobby, or do something fun with a friend.

Whatever fills your soul with gladness. Because you deserve it.

And because in doing so, you will encourage others to do so as well. Again, put this into your schedule when you are planning your week, and then don’t let anything violate that space.

6. Believe in Yourself

You are capable of achieving anything you can imagine. The universe will not give you a vision that you can’t make a reality. All you have to do is take one small action after another and you can create any results you want in life.

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being high, how much do you love yourself, and what are some of the ways you practice self-care? Let me know in the comments below. Check out my free Guide to Positive Thinking.

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How to Communicate Effectively With Others

If everyone was able to understand exactly what you were trying to say each and every time you were communicating, you would certainly encounter less friction in your interactions. Unfortunately, clear, effective communication isn’t always as simple as we take it to be.

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The good news though, is that, like anything else, communication can be improved to help strengthen your relationships, your business partnerships, and your social interactions.

How to Communicate Effectively

Effective communication is one of the cornerstones of a lasting relationship. Without it, you will inevitably find your relationship on troubled waters.

In order to improve the communication that takes place in any relationship, try these following things.

1. Talk Face to Face

Texts, phone calls, and emails are great for convenience and staying in touch when you’re apart, but for serious, useful communication you are going to want to be face-to-face with your partner. Take time to talk with them in-person, and avoid becoming too reliant on technology as a means of communicating.

2. Say “We”

You and your partner are a team, and your word choice needs to convey that. Saying “we” instead of “you” or “I” can also help keep what you say from coming across as critical or aggressive since you are directing it at both of you.

3. Be Honest

A relationship is not the place for purposefully confusing your partner or playing mind games with them. When the goal is to communicate as clearly as possible, you need to be as upfront and honest as possible at all times – even when it is difficult.

Whether you are communicating with your boss or communicating with your employees, good communication is essential in order for a workplace to run smoothly and efficiently.

4. Read Over Your Messages Before You Send Them

Far too often people get in too big of a hurry in the workplace. They will quickly type out and hit send on a message before they have taken the time to read over it carefully. A simple reading, though, might have shown them errors that could cause the message to be misconstrued. Before you send out any email or memo, take the time to analyze it and make sure it is clearly communicating your intended message.

5. Follow Up

Sometimes in business, you are going to have to follow up with people in order to get your message across.

People are busy, and they may not take your message as seriously as they should unless you mention it to them again. If possible, follow up communications should always take place in-person.

Finally, social interactions are often the situations where communications get misunderstood the most. Perhaps it’s the lighthearted nature of these situations where no one is really giving their full focus to the speaker, or perhaps it’s the fact that social interactions often have so many speakers at one time. Here are a few ways you can communicate more clearly in social interactions.

6. Be a Good Listener

One common problem with the communication that takes place in social interactions is that everyone present wants to be the speaker and no one really wants to be the listener. By carefully listening to what others are saying, though, you can ensure that your input is more relevant to the conversation at hand and thus more likely to be well-received.

7. Let it Pass

Have you ever been in a social interaction where you think of something really clever or important to say, but once you actually get the chance to speak the conversation has shifted? It may be tempting to interject your comment anyway in instances such as this, and many people often do.

However, the comment will rarely ever carry the same weight after the conversation has shifted to something else, and it is likely to be misunderstood. It is better to let it pass and keep up with the flow of conversation.

8. Practice Body Language

Body language is important in all communication scenarios, but especially in social interactions. Keep your eyes on the person who is speaking, nod and smile appropriately, and show them that you are engaged lest they get the impression that you aren’t interested in what they have to say.

When it is your turn to speak, don’t be afraid to use body language such as eye contact and gestures to command the attention of your audience. The closer they pay attention to what you say the more likely they are to understand what it is you are trying to get across.

In almost every aspect of life, communicating effectively and clearly is vitally important. Some people are natural communicators, while others struggle to translate their thoughts in a way that those listening will understand.

Most all of us, though, have room for improvement. By putting a little effort into your communication skills, you can improve the quality of both your personal, your social, and your business interactions.

Do you have any tips for effective communication I might have missed? Share them in the comments. Learn your true potential for leadership and communication from this 60-second leadership quiz.


5 Things to Help Spruce Up Your Morning Routine


The way you start your day from the moment you wake up sets the precedence for how the rest of your day, and ultimately how the rest of your life, will go. This is because creating a morning routine is a healthy habit that benefits both the body and mind.

Sometimes it is difficult to have a positive attitude first thing in the morning. Especially when you have a hectic day before you. It is easy to slip into a worried mindset when considering your to-do list. For this reason, I have come up with five tips to help you spruce up your morning routine and cut the negativity.

1. Eliminate Negative Thoughts

The first thing you should do in the morning is absolutely eliminate is your negative thoughts.

You should eliminate them from your life entirely, but again, it’s best to nip this in the bud at the start of your day. They’re not going to get you to where you want to go.

Instead, always look for a better feeling thought.

Become a “Vibrational Match” for the Things You Want

Everything on Earth vibrates at a specific frequency, and you must become a “vibrational match” for the things you want.

Think of yourself as a radio station. If you want to listen to jazz, you have to tune your dial to a jazz station, not a heavy metal one. Likewise, tuning your thoughts and feelings to a positive frequency will bring you positive things.

2. Don’t Think About What Could Go Wrong

Do not immediately think about what could go wrong with the things you have to do for the day.meditation-guide

Don’t dread having to find a parking space or think about being late to your appointment.

Instead, I want you to close your eyes for a few moments every morning. Visualize your day going exactly the way you want it to go.

You’re going to find a parking spot. You’re going to make your appointment. Your meeting is going to go well. You are going to make that sale and you are going to finish that project.

Every single thing is going to go exactly the way you want it to.

This is what I call “intending the day.”

3. Start Your Day With a Purpose

The third thing you shouldn’t do in your morning routine is start without a purpose.

What is your bigger purpose?

Know why you get out of bed in the first place.

So after visualizing your day, visualize your bigger, long-term goals coming true. And take a few moments to say your affirmations, too.

Describe Your Goals in a Completed State

Try statements that describe your goals in their already completed state. Things like, “I am celebrating feeling light and alive at my perfect body weight of 135.”

I keep each of my goals and affirmations handwritten on a 3×5 index card. I read them after I wake up in the morning and before I go to sleep at night. Doing this consistently will activate your subconscious mind’s power to fulfill the achievement of your goals.

Your subconscious will look out for anything — people, opportunities, activities, and events — that can help you achieve your goal.

4. Remember to be Grateful

Next, remember to be grateful.

It’s easy to get up, jump right into working on getting things done, and take for granted the things that brought you to this moment. Take a few minutes to write down what you’re grateful for, that’s what I do every day.

I promise you that this simple technique will work miracles in your life.

A state of appreciation and gratitude puts you in one of the highest emotional states possible.

Remember, the Law of Attraction states like energy attracts like energy.

Our thoughts are made up of energy. If you think that way, you’ll attract more abundance, which will give you more to be thankful for.

5. If You Get Inspiration, Act Immediately

The fifth and final thing you should not do in your morning routine is ignoring your inspired actions.

If you get an inspiration to do something…

Act on it immediately.

As opposed to “obvious actions,” like changing your diet if you want to lose weight, “inspired actions” are more intuitive. Like a hunch or gut feeling.

You know, those random thoughts you have? Things like “I don’t know why, but I have this urge to call my college roommate” or “I have a strong feeling that I should attend that event tonight.

You may be presented with an opportunity you would never have imagined by taking that action.

Listen to Your Gut

Most of the time you won’t see the whole plan, but if you get an inspiration, act on it!

Don’t put it off or let it go. Pick up the phone and make the call, go down to the coffee shop, or go to the event that you thought of.

I remember being at a conference in Connecticut with my wife. I felt attracted to go to a session on doubling your income. My wife questioned my decision because service, not money, had always been my primary motivator in life.

I told her I didn’t know why, but I felt compelled to go it.  When I arrived at the session, I sat down next to a woman and introduced myself. It turned out she was a veterinarian, and she had just discovered a cure for feline leukemia.

My cat had recently been diagnosed with feline leukemia. Because I had followed my inspiration to go that session, my cat went on to live many more years.

See a Positive Difference in Your Day and Your Life

I’m going to leave you with a homework assignment. Eliminate at least one of these 5 things from your morning routine and replace them with their opposite. Positive thoughts are greater than negative thoughts.

Remember to visualize your day going well instead of badly. Focus on your larger purpose and your long term goals. Take a few moments to focus on what you are grateful for.  Act on your inspirations.

If you do, I guarantee you’re going to see a dramatic, positive difference in how the rest of your day, and your life, plays out.

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You. Me. Italy. (And a DRAGON)

How would you like to sit down with me one-on-one and get my personal advice on how to make your most ambitious dreams a reality?

Here’s your chance to make it happen – in a 17th-century villa in Italy!

This June, I’m inviting 26 highly motivated individuals to join me and my team of handpicked success mentors on an intimate luxury retreat in the heart of Tuscany’s breathtaking Chianti region.

Over the course of four life-changing days, participants will get the elite one-on-one mentorship and support they need to align their life and business goals with their deepest passions… find more joy and balance in all areas of their lives… create a step-by-step plan to achieve their biggest goals and dreams… and start playing at a much higher level than ever before.

I would love for you to join us!

Meet the Dragon and the Code Breakers

Sean Gallagher, one of Ireland’s top entrepreneurs, will be one of my amazing co-facilitators at the retreat. He’s co-founder of Ireland’s largest home technology company, Smarthomes, and was a popular investor on Dragons’ Den – the UK version of the U.S. television show, Shark Tank. He’s famous for championing start-ups and emerging entrepreneurs and I KNOW he’ll breathe fire into your business.

You’ll also get the chance to work with one-on-one with Sandra and Daniel Biskind, authors of the The Code-Breaker Platinum Series and amazing facilitators of transformational growth. They work with conscious business owners and professionals to master shifting their state instantly and solve seemingly unsolvable problems. They have blown people away at our past retreats!

 What do you *MOST* want to accomplish in your life?

Maybe you’re hoping to reignite passion for your business or career – or looking for a roadmap on how to double your profits in the next year.

Maybe you’re feeling called to steer your life in a completely new direction – but don’t know how to proceed, and aren’t getting the support you need from the people around you.

Maybe you hunger for more freedom, balance, and love in your life – or maybe you’re searching for deeper purpose and meaning.

Whatever it is you’re looking for, my amazing team of success mentors and I will help you find it.

If you’re ready to experience “your own personal renaissance” in the cradle of Italy – and launch yourself to a higher level of personal brilliance – join me in Tuscany this June. I guarantee it will be an experience you will never forget!

You can learn more and apply for your invite here: GET PERSONAL MENTORSHIP WITH JACK IN ITALY.

Here are some photos from our past two Tuscany retreats:






If you would you like to experience the personal transformation of a lifetime in a place like this, apply for your invite today.


Jack Canfield 2016 Fall Tour

Jack Canfield speaking tour

I have some BIG NEWS to share with you today!

I’m going on a four-city tour this fall to share a powerful new one-day training workshop that will change your life – and I would love you to join me.

If you live in or close to Chicago, New York, Dallas or Florida and you have a strong desire to transform your life and reach incredible new levels of personal and professional success, I encourage you to book your seat ASAP.

During One Day to Greatness: Live with Jack Canfield, you will have the rare opportunity to spend a full day with me, learning my proven strategies to unlock your full potential and accomplish GREAT things.

You will be amazed at how much your life can change in a single day!

I will guide you through a series of experiential lessons and interactive exercises that will help you absorb my most powerful success strategies at a deep internal level – so you can manifest immediate results and send your life on a completely different trajectory from the one you’re on now.

I’ve spent over 40 years teaching, writing books, coaching amazing people, and conducting workshops that have helped thousands of people achieve their most ambitious goals. During this time, I’ve learned what strategies work best for people from all walks of life and have refined and perfected these principles so anybody can use them to create the life of their dreams.

I am so excited to share them with you in person!


I expect to enable you to boost your income, experience new levels of happiness, deepen your most important relationships, get clarity on your goals and next steps, connect with your gifts and talents, and reach your full potential.

Isn’t that what life is all about? You deserve to have and be exactly what you want, so let me help you get there!


I challenged my team to make this event more affordable than ever for members of my community. I think they have definitely delivered on this challenge.

You can attend my full-day workshop, live and in person, for only $149!

That’s it. Yes, the regular ticket price is a bit higher at $299, but use promo code: GREATNESS and you’ll save 50% off the regular price as long as seats are available.

This discount is also available for VIP tickets, which will sell out quickly. So if you’d like to enjoy one of the best seats in the house and join me for a private luncheon and Q&A session, grab your VIP ticket today.

(But be warned, the last time I held this workshop in Los Angeles this past June, the room completely sold out)

I’ve set aside this day to invest in you. Will you do the same? Will you invest one day in yourself and join me for an unforgettable experience of unleashing your full potential and enabling a new level of success?


I look forward to partnering in your success – and the achievement of your wildest dreams.


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70 Million Americans Limit Their Success by Doing This. Are You One of Them?

30 Day Sobriety Solution: How to Cut Back or Quit Drinking

As you know, I’m an avid student of brain science and the psychology of success. But recently, I learned that over 70 million Americans are affecting their brain and its ability to support their success.


By drinking alcohol excessively. 

Whether it’s a working mom who drinks a “heart-healthy” bottle of red wine for dinner…

or an executive who relies on Scotch to unwind at the end of the day…

or a weekend warrior who “only” drinks during game time with friends…

excessive drinking can take a toll on your relationships, finances, career, health and family — not to mention the guilt, shame and stigma that often goes along with this self-defeating habit. 

Did you know?

  • According to WebMD, heavy drinking shrinks key regions of the brain, contributing to memory loss and dementia.
  • Even more debilitating to your success path, however, are the subtle effects of excessive alcohol use such as difficulty with planning, judgment, problem-solving and higher intellectual functions that we need to live a successful life. 
  • Researchers have also linked alcohol consumption to more than 60 diseases including cancer, stroke, depression, gout, high blood pressure, nerve damage…and of course, heart disease.

Today, I’m writing to suggest an alternative to excessive drinking: cutting down or quitting in the privacy of your own home.

30 Day Sobriety Solution: How to Cut back or quit drinkingMy new book The 30-Day Sobriety Solution, written with sobriety coach Dave Andrews and in bookstores now, provides a way to replace drinking with healthy new success habits that will create the exciting and vibrant life you want. It’s a uniquely liberating approach to releasing yourself (or a loved one) from the bonds of alcohol in your life. And if you’re already in recovery, it will support your lifelong goal of staying alcohol-free.

What could your life look like in just 30 days — free of excessive drinking?

  • “Brain fog” significantly decreases, helping you make better, more forward-thinking decisions. Plus, those generalized “aches and pains” start lessening, as does that sense of feeling lousy. “Brain fog” significantly decreases, helping you make better, more forward-thinking decisions.
  • You’ll also begin to regain the respect of loved ones, colleagues, friends and even yourself. You’ll no longer have to hide the evidence of your excessive drinking or waste valuable time on your “habit.”
  • You’ll even look better, feel better, wake up more refreshed, be more passionate with your mate, and begin to live life more richly with all your five senses operating at optimum levels.

After all, isn’t a more rich and rewarding life what we all want — instead of excessive drinking?

The 30-Day Sobriety Solution will help you cut back or quit drinking — in the privacy of your own home and without the cost or stigma of rehab. In fact, with rehab costing up to $30,000 a month, this $28 book is a tremendous bargain — costing you less than $1 a day.


Also Available as an AudioBook!

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When you order The 30-Day Sobriety Solution, I’ll help you over the next 30 days with a unique digital companion course I’ve prepared along with the book to keep you focused on your sobriety goal.

(Instructions for how to access this companion course can be found on page 27 in the book.) 

It’s yours free when you order The 30-Day Sobriety Solution today.

Don’t wait to quit drinking or cut back.

Order The 30-Day Sobriety Solution today
and start creating a more sober and successful 2016 now. 


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10 Ways I’ll Help You Succeed This Year

reach your goals in 2016

I hope your heart is filled with excitement for the year ahead!

The New Year is bursting with countless opportunities for you to create a life that fulfills your soul’s purpose and your heart’s deepest desires.

THIS can be the year when you dream bigger dreams… plan bigger outcomes… take action in a much bigger way… and experience a ton of joy, professional fulfillment, and personal accomplishment! 

All you have to do is say YES – and commit to taking the actions that will make your biggest ambitions a reality!

If you’re ready to make the leap from where you are now to where you want to be, I’m here to help you every step of the way.

Here are the top 10 ways I can support you in the pursuit of your dreams and achieve your goals in the new year:

1. Looking for daily inspiration and motivation?

Follow me on  Facebook. I post inspirational sayings and links to articles that contain valuable advice on practical steps you can take to experience more success in all areas of your life.

2. Want to overcome the biggest obstacles that are holding you back?

Start off the New Year right by taking my FREE Success Principles 10-Day Transformation Challenge. Every day you’ll receive a new lesson and activity that will help you get clear on what you really want from life – and what you need to do to make it a reality.

3. Longing for a personal Success Principles cheerleader to keep you on track?

Get a Canfield Personal Coach in your corner and have a trained Success Principles expert work with you one on one to help you transform any area of life and accomplish your most ambitious goals. Sign up for a free introduction to coaching here.

4. Want to radically transform your life in five days?

Join me at Breakthrough to Success 2016 this February or August – and create a detailed roadmap that will help you fulfill your soul’s purpose and create the ideal life you’ve always wanted,while overcoming any obstacles with grace and ease.

5. Dreaming of becoming a leader worth following?

Join my friend and colleague Kathleen Seeley for our ground-breaking leadership training program, Leadership Worth Following: How to Build Cultures That Inspire, Motivate, & Thrive this February in Newport Beach, CA. You’ll learn how to become a leader who inspires people to come together as a highly motivated team and accomplish more than they ever thought possible.

6. Searching for ways to re-energize your life and business – and bring more success and fulfillment into your life?

If you’re a successful entrepreneur looking for ways to take your life and business to the next level, join me at my next Private Client Luxury Retreat at the beautiful Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara – and work one-on-one with me and my top business advisors to create a detailed plan to create a life of deeper joy, abundance, and purpose. (Application only – call my team for info: 805-881-5192)

7. Want to fulfill your dreams of success while helping others and making the world a better place?

If you’re a speaker, trainer, coach, consultant or up-and-coming author (or simply dream of becoming one), work with me in person and become and Advanced Certified Canfield Trainer during my 2016 Train the Trainer Live program. You’ll learn how to have a profound transformative effect on the people you work with so you can make a bigger positive impact on their lives – and your career. (Application only) 

8. Want to teach the Success Principles to others – but can’t afford the travel and expense of Train the Trainer Live?

If traveling to the US for my Train the Trainer live program doesn’t fit your schedule or budget, you can receive the exact same training and become a Certified Canfield Trainer at a fraction of the cost with my new Train the Trainer Online program. If you work with people in any capacity, this training will teach you how to make a bigger impact on others and inspire them to become their best selves. It’s the best possible decision you can make to advance your speaking, teaching, coaching, consulting or management career!

9. Searching for fun and affordable ways to create your own vision of success – in the comfort of your own home?

Master the Success Principles and learn how to create the life of your dreams with any of these popular home-study programs available on my website. You’ll discover how to feed your mind, open your heart, and visualize your way to achieving higher levels of success in all areas of your life.

10. Looking for permission to just go for it?

You’ve got it! You have my permission – and the permission of the Universe and whatever Higher Power governs it – to pursue your biggest dreams.

I truly believe that we are not given dreams that we lack the capacity to achieve. So if you are capable of dreaming it, then YOU CAN ACHIEVE it.

All you have to do is say YES and take action to make those dreams come true!

You have all of the talent and the resources you need to start right now and create anything you want. 

You just have to make the decision to ACT.

I know you can do it.  And I think that deep down, you know you can do it too.

So don’t let fear or uncertainty hold you back!  Get clear on what you want – and what you need to do to make it happen. And then take one small step after another to get from where you are to where you want to be. That’s how success happens.

If you decide to enroll in any my programs, I can guarantee that you will reach your goals faster.  But even if you don’t, you still have the capacity to make your dreams come true.

So this January, once the New Year celebrations are over, I challenge you to roll up your sleeves and make it happen!

I'm here for you!And please don’t forget that I’m here for you, and eager to support you in any way I can.  

In fact, my team is standing by to answer your questions about the above programs. Contact us at:  805-881-5191

P.S. What do you want to create for yourself or your business this year?  I’d love to hear what your ambitions are for the year ahead!  Declaring your goals publicly is an important first action step.

Post your goals below and let’s create an avalanche of momentum together!

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How to Use a Vision Board to Make Your Ideal Life a Reality

Vision Board

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!

So, how do you create a vision board to help you with your visualization practice?

Here’s my simple 6-step process:

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.

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.


My team and I created a complete FREE vision board checklist that allows you to take your current vision board and multiply its effectiveness.  Complete with inspirational words, affirmations, motivational quotes, and assorted blank templates that allow you to add your own personal messages to your vision board.

Remember, 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. Click the button below to get my 21 point checklist!


Ask Jack Canfield Replay

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“How to be a More Effective Trainer, Speaker or Coach”

The following is a 70-minute audio recording from a recent “Ask Jack Canfield” call you won’t want to miss.  I received hundreds of questions about how to be more effective speaker, trainer and coach – and answered as many as humanly possible on the call.

Whether you’re “officially” a speaker, trainer, coach or consultant … or you’re just getting started, I encourage you to listen to the recording. But it’s really for anyone for parents, leaders, service professionals, and any  manager in a corporate or non-profit setting.

I want to share what I’ve learned over the years because I know the incredible power that coaches, speakers, trainers and consultants have in helping other achieve their full potential – and the more effective you are, the more people you’ll be able to help. To download the audio file and listen from your ipod or other device, right click here.


Here are the 10 questions I answered during the call: 

  • I’ve just made the decision to become a life coach. I have a book in progress and also plan a speaking career. What one key thing should I be doing that will help me be successful in all three related endeavors? 
  • What is the best source of training for someone that wants to be a public speaker but has never done it before (and is scared stiff but wants to overcome the fear) – 
  • What are the key strategies a beginner could employ to be effective in his training sessions?
  • How do I learn how to deliver a clear flowing message with impact so I can truly change people’s lives? How do I learn how to engage an audience and keep their attention to maximize mine and their time? I study everyday and I really enjoy it, however up to this point I could not stand up and deliver a full flowing message that made sense.
  • What tips do you have for someone who is standing in front of a room full of people and suddenly their mind just goes “blank” …. Has this ever happened to you ? and if so , what do you do ?
  • How do I best secure more speaking engagements? What’s the best way to market myself as a speaker?
  • Do you have an exercise that can make people ‘feel’ the power of believing in themselves and their abilities and how that can empower them to reach their full potential and realize their dreams? ‘Saying’ it is one thing, ‘proving’ it or ‘making people ”feel” it’ is another.
  • How do I avoid overwhelming an audience with too much information?
  • What is the single most important actionable thing to do in a speech to move people to take action?
  • Jack, you often quote a lot of interesting research studies in your workshops. How do you stay on top of all the latest research? Are there specific journals that you check weekly, or is there some other way you find out about these studies?


Develop a Positive Money Consciousness

Woman lying on the floorMoney is an area in which most people believe that their success in blocked in some way. An overwhelming number feel that they don’t have enough money, and many also experience emotional distress related to money.

If you want to have more money – and most people do – improving your money consciousness is an important first step in attracting the abundance of financial wealth you deserve. In this article, I’ll reveal powerful ways to raise your money consciousness.

2 Key Processes to Use

I recommend using two processes to help cultivate a positive money consciousness. The first is identifying any limiting beliefs you have about money. Start by writing down all beliefs you have about money. Then identify the beliefs that do not support your conscious dreams and desires.

The second process is to identify any incidents from your past that caused you to make a decision – and take on additional limiting beliefs – about money. Negative emotions from past events often can hinder our efforts to earn, receive and keep more money. Releasing these negative emotions also will help to cultivate a positive money consciousness.

Types of Money Beliefs

After more than 4 decades of helping individuals achieve greater success, I’ve discovered that there are 4 common types of limiting money beliefs:

  • Money and Your Identity. Many people have an identity that is linked to a certain income. If your family was poor or working class, you may have difficulty identifying yourself as wealthy.

 “I’m just a ‘jeans and T-shirt’ kind of person” or “I can’t imagine myself doing what wealthy people do” are some of the beliefs that might feel true to you if your identity is linked with a lower income than you’re consciously trying to achieve.

  •  Money Beliefs About Others. Most people grow up with attitudes about people who have money – and often, these beliefs are not positive. For example, you might belief that “rich people are greedy” or “rich people care only about themselves.”

You may notice that you believe statements like these consciously. You might also know intellectually that these statements are false, but still have an emotional belief that they are true. Either way, if you have negative emotions about rich people, you’re unlikely to become one.

  • Money and Spirituality. Many people believe that money is not spiritual. It’s not surprising, because many societal and religious messages link spirituality with poverty.

If this is the case for you, you may find that statements like “It’s not spiritual to want money,” “If I focus too much on money, I’ll lose my spiritual focus,” or “It’s wrong to ask for more than I need” to feel true.

However, remember that everything is simply energy, which means that money is just another form of energy. One thing I’ve found to be true is that money is a magnifier. If you’re greedy and mean-spirited, money will make you more so. Likewise, if you’re generous, spiritual and compassionate, money will make you more so.

  • Money and Worthiness. If you have low self-esteem, you may not feel that you deserve to make or receive more money. You may feel that there are people who need the money more and if you get it, you’ll be taking from them. Or you may feel that if you’ve lost money in the past, you don’t deserve to get more because you’ll waste it.

Common limiting beliefs that show up in this area include “I don’t deserve to make more money” and “I’m not worthy of being wealthy.” One way to work with this type of belief is to make a list of what you’ll do when you have a specific amount of money. When you plan for more money, you’ll naturally attract it to you.

When you identify limiting beliefs around money, take time to identify how the belief has served you in the past.

The subconscious mind’s job is to keep us safe. Limiting beliefs arise as a way to protect us. For example, if you have a belief that “rich people are greedy,” you’ll unconsciously avoid doing things that will increase your wealth. After all, you don’t want to become greedy or be judged by others as being greedy. By clearing these additional beliefs, you’ll pave the way to install new beliefs that are more supportive of your efforts to increase wealth.

Creating Your Big “Why”

In addition to clearing the limiting beliefs that are keeping you at a lower level of wealth than you deserve, I recommend finding what I call “your big ‘why.’” When you have a compelling reason behind an action you’re taking or goal you’re pursuing, you’re much more motivated to take action.

Create a list of reasons why you want to have the amount of money you’ve set as your goal. Is it so that you can afford a certain type of home in a certain area? Is it because you want to contribute money to good causes? Is it because you want to create a certain type of lifestyle?

Create a list of what you’d like to do with your money. Notice what thoughts or emotions come up for you. If you’re shying away from things you want because of feelings of guilt, unworthiness or inability to receive them, you will sabotage your success. Use these negative emotions as important clues about additional limiting money beliefs that you’ll want to clear.

Although it may seem odd that anyone would have a negative predisposition toward wealth, we often hold these negative beliefs in our subconscious mind from childhood. To become wealthy, you’ll need to surface, identify, root out and replace any negative or limiting beliefs you have about money. Use the suggestions outlined here to uncover the beliefs that are keeping you stuck, so that you can change your results and finally enjoy the wealth you deserve.



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