In our 24/7 world, where we move at warp speed, sometimes we let life happen to us instead of taking control of our direction. Other times, we suffer from information overload, and we fail to consciously control our positive thoughts, and we allow negativity to take over. For those who want to rise above, to get unstuck, or to catapult to a new level success, Jack Canfield will show you how positive affirmations can transform your life in extraordinary ways.
Canfield, with the help of esteemed coauthors Kelly Johnson and Ram Ganglani, explains what positive affirmations are (and what they are not), why they are so effective, and how to effortlessly integrate their practice into your life. Pulling the most effective tenets from his bestselling book The Success Principles, Canfield covers all areas of life, from financial prosperity and creative pursuits to your career and positive relationships. Success Affirmations reveals:
And much more!
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About the Author
Hometown:Santa Barbara, California
Date of Birth:August 19, 1944
Place of Birth:Fort Worth, Texas
Education:B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973
Read an Excerpt
Be careful what you wish for. You've probably heard that phrase often. But did you know there's actual science behind that advice? Researchers in the field of neuroscience now know that the brain is a goal-seeking organism. Whatever idea, image, or outcome you think about, talk about, and feel strongly about, you will bring about. Of course, far from being a dark and gloomy prospect, this powerful scientific phenomenon actually has the ability to improve every area of your lifein ways you can't even imagine today.
There's even a tool you can use to focus your thoughts and accelerate the process of achieving your goals. It's called an affirmation: a statement that describes a goal as if it's already been achieved.
What does an affirmation look like?
I'm blissfully watching the sunset from the veranda of my estate in Tuscany is one example. I'm joyfully depositing a $100,000 royalty check from my bestselling book is another. They're statements that stretch your mind with new thoughts and lavish imagesand actually work with the brain's own processes to bring about change in your life. When you bombard your brain with colorful pictures, exciting details, and joyful emotions of what will be, a phenomenon called cognitive dissonance occurs in your mind. Cognitive dissonance is the mental discomfortthe uncomfortable feelingsyou get when you hold two conflicting beliefs or ideas: (1) your life as you're living it today and (2) your life as you would like it to be in the future. When you continue the limiting behaviors that got you to where you are today or believe strongly that somehow you're not capable of getting what you wantthen you suddenly begin using daily affirmations to visualize a better lifeyou create a form of mental tension that your brain will do everything in its power to resolve by actually creating the better, more desirable lifestyle for you!
Psychologist Leon Festinger, author of A Theory of Cognitive Dissonance, compares this process to how your brain reacts when you're hungry: It sends signals to your body to eat. In other words, it causes you to take necessary steps to resolve your hunger. In the same way, when you begin using affirmations to visualize your exciting new future with compelling pictures and emotions, your brain will likewise cause you to take those steps necessary to bring about that exciting new future.
Bombarding your brain with thoughts of a better life through daily visualization and verbalization will actually force your brain to resolve the cognitive dissonance it dislikes. Affirmations are those highly visual and emotionally compelling statements you can use daily to visualize a better life.
Everything great that has ever happened to humanity . . .has begun as a single thought in someone's mind.
Yiannis Chryssomallis. Known professionally as Yanni, the composer, pianist, and music producer
How affirmations can change your life
Since you're reading this book, you've probably decided you want your life to be different in some way. Whether it's a more exciting career, better finances, loving and supportive relationships, world travel, more vibrant health, or just the luxury of a calm and organized life that works for you, there are steps you can take toward getting there.
This book is about those steps.
Not only does it include recommended affirmations to get you started on this powerful daily habit, it introduces you to a set of 52 powerful principles that the world's top achievers have used for decades to excel in business, the arts, sports, philanthropy, politics, and more. These are principles that I have studied, taught, and applied to my own life for nearly 40 yearsand that Ram Ganglani has used for three decades to achieve success in business, philanthropy, and private life. We've also seen these principles work in hundreds of thousands of lives besides our own. Using the framework of these proven principles, Success Affirmations is therefore not just a book of good ideas and positive thoughts, it's also a book of proven steps for creating success and happiness.
These principles always work, if you always work the principles
In fact, if you mastered just one principle a week, as this book will guide you to do, you could literally transform your life in just one year.
But the key is that you must take responsibility for implementing these principles in your life. Creating a daily habit of reciting and internalizing your affirmations is just one of these principleswhich you'll find on page 45 entitled 'Week 10: Use Affirmations to Release the Brakes.' But make no mistake: you alone have to do the work of implementing these principles in your lifeyou can't delegate them or skip over the ones you don't like. In fact, each one is integral to achieving overall success. It's just like writing a book. Before you can even start the process, you have to learn to read and write, you have to learn structure and syntax, you have to learn to put words into a sentence and sentences into paragraphs and paragraphs into chapters. If you leave a step out, the book will make no sense and readers will not benefit from it. Imagine a book with no periods or commas, no paragraphs or chapters! It just doesn't work.
In the same way, each principle and its accompanying affirmations are key components to creating a successful and happy life. Your life. No one else can create your goals, build your dreams, and determine your future. Motivational philosopher Jim Rohn put it this way, 'You can't hire someone else to do your push-ups for you.'
Whether you're exercising, setting goals, meditating, studying, or even sleeping, some things you just have to do for yourself to get any benefit from them. And like the principles I teach in this book and the affirmations you will use to instill those principles and their benefits in your consciousness, if you'll simply make a commitment to applying them week after week and stick with it, you'll reap extraordinary rewards.
40 years of living these principles and affirmations prove that they work
Albert Einstein once said, 'The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.' Affirmations are the tool that, day by day, will slowly change your thinking. Make even greater effort by implementing these principles in your life, and things will begin to happen that you never thought possible.
It happened for meand this is Jack talking.
Growing up in Wheeling, West Virginia, I lived in an average home. My dad was a workaholic and my mom, an alcoholic. I earned cash during summers working in my grandfather's florist business and as a lifeguard at the local pool. I made it through Harvard University on a partial scholarshipserving breakfast at the campus dining commons to pay for books, clothes, and dates. During my last year of graduate school, I got a part-time teaching job that paid $120 every two weeks. That had to cover my rent and other expenses. To say that I was often broke would be an understatement. When money was tight, I survived on what I called my '21¢ dinners'a can of tomato paste, garlic salt, water, and a box of spaghetti noodles.
©2017 Jack Canfield. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Success Affirmations: 52 Weeks for Living a Passionate and Purposeful Life. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.
Table of Contents
Week 1 Take 100% Responsibility for Your Future 9
Week 2 Be Clear Why You're Here 13
Week 3 Decide What You Want to Be, Do, and Have 17
Week 4 Believe It's Possible 21
Week 5 Believe in Yourself 25
Week 6 Leverage The Law of Attraction 29
Week 7 Set Goals That Inspire You 33
Week 8 Take a Goal and Chunk It Down 37
Week 9 Success Leaves Clues 41
Week 10 Use Affirmations to Release the Brakes 45
Week 11 See What You Want, Get What You See 49
Week 12 Act As If 53
Week 13 Take Action, Even If You Don't Know the Whole Path 57
Week 14 Lean into It and See If It Feels Right to You 61
Week 15 Experience Your Fear and Take Action Anyway 65
Week 16 Be Willing to Pay the Price of Success 69
Week 17 You've Gotta Ask 73
Week 18 Don't Let Rejection Stop You 77
Week 19 Listen to Feedback and Use It to Your Advantage 81
Week 20 Practice Constant and Never-Ending Improvement 85
Week 21 What Gets Measured Gets Improved 89
Week 22 Be Persistent 93
Week 23 Learn The Rule of 5 97
Week 24 Exceed Expectations in Everything You Do 101
Week 25 Surround Yourself with Successful People 105
Week 26 Acknowledge Your Positive Past 109
Week 27 Keep Your Eye on the Prize 113
Week 28 Clean Up Your Messes and Your Incompletes 117
Week 29 Complete the Past So You Can Embrace the Future 121
Week 30 If It's Not Working, Face It 125
Week 31 Transform Your Inner Critic into an Inner Coach 129
Week 32 Develop New Success Habits 133
Week 33 99% Is a Bitch, 100% Is a Breeze 137
Week 34 Learn More to Earn More 141
Week 35 Maintain Your Passion and Enthusiasm 145
Week 36 Stay Focused on Your Core Genius 149
Week 37 Reassess Your Time Commitments 153
Week 38 Say "No" to Distractions 157
Week 39 Be a Leader Worthy of Followers 161
Week 40 Create a Network of Mentors, Contacts, and Coaches 165
Week 41 Use the Power of the Master Mind 169
Week 42 Listen to Your Gut Instincts 173
Week 43 Listen to Learn 177
Week 44 Have a Heart Talk 181
Week 45 Tell the Truth Sooner Rather Than Later 185
Week 46 Speak with Impeccability About Others 189
Week 47 Practice Constant Appreciation 193
Week 48 Become Known as a Class Act 197
Week 49 Develop a Positive Money Consciousness 201
Week 50 You Get What You Focus On 205
Week 51 Make More Before You Spend More 209
Week 52 Share More, Serve More 213