I received The Success Principles by Jack Canfield as a Christmas present. The first time I tried to get friendly with this great white book we just didn’t seem to get along. I was very sceptical, had a closed mind and thought that Canfield’s belief that you could achieve almost anything was too lofty an assertion. So I stowed the book away underneath my bed to gather dust and blindly went about life.
The Easy Way to Control Alcohol by Allen Carr was written to help people quit the booze. Despite buying it in an attempt to try to control my drinking I never believed abstaining from alcohol would be possible. After the book had been put to bed, and I had conquered the booze, I was a new man full of potential with an open mind to fill. It was time to see how far I could push things; it was time for Canfield to shine as bright as Carr had done. I picked up the book for the second time and this time my mind was ready.
The great thing about Canfield’s book is the layout. It is written in the style of a roadmap, which begins by learning to Take 100% Responsibility For Your Life and ends by setting you a challenge to go deeper and enroll in a one to one coaching course. Canfield understands that most of the choices we make in our lives are dictated by an illusion created by our own minds. We move from day-to-day in a sleep-like trance. Society hangs off our eyelids and burns all the matchsticks. We have been duped over our lifetime to believe limiting thoughts and to act like we are expected to act. Canfield makes you see that you are a Sleepwalker and his book attempts to provide inspiration and exercises to transform you into a Daydreamer.
As each chapter was locked into my memory bank, I would gradually make small incremental improvements in my life. When I finally saw the finishing line I yearned for it to move further away. I wanted to go further down the rabbit hole and had become addicted to improving my life. In the last few pages there was a phone number to ring if you wanted personal one-to-one coaching by The Success Principles team. Tingling with anticipation, I rang the number and a very skilled marketer started to sell me the package. I was in a terrible financial situation and here was this woman trying to sell me a training course that would just increase my debt. As I dithered she said,
“How can you be serious about changing your life if you are worried about a few thousand dollars?”
I know this woman is smart and says these things to sell but what a fantastic point. I paid the money, started the training course and my life was never the same again.
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The Success Principles really does provide you with a roadmap for personal improvement, and I use that roadmap to try to help other people make the transitions that I have.
I would not only recommend buying his book, but also completing The Success Principles coaching course. It is an investment that will cost a few thousand bucks but the cash is insignificant when you put it into perspective against the changes that you will make in your life.
I just don’t understand why this type of education is not part of our school curriculum.