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As the beloved originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, Jack Canfield is known for fostering the emergence of inspirational anthologies as a genre. Now, affectionately known as "America's #1 Success Coach," Jack has studied the fields of success and personal development for over 40 years. His formula for success reached global...
As the beloved originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, Jack Canfield is known for fostering the emergence of inspirational anthologies as a genre. Now, affectionately known as "America's #1 Success Coach," Jack has studied the fields of success and personal development for over 40 years. His formula for success reached global acclaim with his New York Times Bestseller, "The Success Principles", where he teaches readers how to be successful in life and achieve their goals. For more information on Jack, visit www.jackcanfield.com or follow him on Facebook , Twitter , YouTube, or Instagram.


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What is Self Discipline? 7 Ways to Develop It

What is Self Discipline? 7 Ways to Develop It

Do you know what sets highly successful people apart from the people who never achieve their goals in life? 

Successful people are clear on what they want and take unstoppable action toward their dreams. They don’t let setbacks, distractions, or challenges derail their progress. When an obstacle appears on their path, they figure out a way to dissolve it, get around it, and never give up until they reach their intended destination. 

And that, my friend, takes self-discipline. 

Today I’m going to share my top tips on how to build self-discipline and cultivate the unstoppable persistence and resilience you need to achieve ambitious goals. 

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How to Find Your Purpose in Life

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I first embarked on the journey to find my purpose in life back when I was in college. I majored in Chinese history but in my senior year, looking for an “easy A,” I took an elective course called Social Relations 10. 

In that class, we talked about our feelings and got to know each other on a deeper level than I had with anyone else I’d ever known. I discovered that I loved learning about human behavior and realized that this was what I wanted to do with my life.

As I delved deeper into the study of psychology and personal development over the next few decades, my purpose became increasingly clear. I understood that, for me, my purpose in life is to inspire and empower people to live their highest vision in the context of love and joy.

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5 Leadership Styles to Know: What’s Yours?

5 Leadership Styles to Know: What’s Yours? - Jack Canfield

What does the word “leader” mean to you? 

For me, leaders are visionary, big-picture thinkers with the passion and charisma to inspire others to bring their vision to life. I believe that leaders aren’t born, they’re made – and that anyone can become a leader if they put in the time to cultivate the right skills and mindset. 


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How to Grow Your Business in 8 Steps

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Throughout my four-plus decades of working as an internationally renowned leader in personal development, I have connected and collaborated with thousands of business owners who have turned to me for advice on how to take their businesses to the next level. 

Many of these entrepreneurs have been graduates of my popular Train the Trainer program, and are eager to start attracting clients and grow a business as a certified Canfield Success Principles coach. 

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A Complete Guide to SMART Goal Setting

A Complete Guide to SMART Goal Setting

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

But all goals are not created equal. Some goals will give you specific results, while others will give you vague goals with minimal results. 


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Fear of Success: How to Defeat It to Reach Your Dreams

Fear of Success: How to Defeat It to Reach Your Dreams - Jack Canfield

Most of us have big dreams for our lives, but when we think about everything we will have to learn and experience to achieve success and make those dreams a reality, our fears can overwhelm us.

But if you don’t face and overcome your fear of success, you run the risk of experiencing greater negative consequences, such as never getting what you want in life. It’s only by facing your fears and taking action anyway that you can achieve your goals and thrive. 


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A Guide to Create a Professional Development Plan

A Guide to Create a Professional Development Plan - Jack Canfield

If you have big dreams for your career or business — or you’re feeling “stuck” and are looking for a way to find the happiness and fulfillment you desire — then a professional development plan is what you need to make your career or business goals a reality!  

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How to Build Self-Esteem in the New Year

How to Build Self-Esteem in the New Year - Jack Canfield

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford


Your belief in yourself is what determines the amount of success you achieve in life. That’s why it’s so important to cultivate a strong sense of self-confidence and self-worth. 

When you cultivate unshakable belief in your own ability to succeed in life, the setbacks and obstacles you encounter on your journey won’t stop you from achieving your dreams. You KNOW you will be able to overcome them, and your magnetic self-confidence will make it easy for you to attract the resources and people you need to do so.

And there’s no better time than at the beginning of a brand new year to learn how to build self-esteem and confidence – so you can launch into the year equipped with the unstoppable mindset you need to achieve great things in the months ahead!   

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Vision Boards: How to Create One & Reach Your Dreams

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Have you ever heard the phrase, “You get what you see?” 

It means that your thoughts create your reality, so whatever you see in your mind’s eye – in terms of how you view yourself, other people, and the world around you, as well as the vision you have for your life – is what you will experience. 

This gives you incredible power! It means that you can change your reality simply by changing the thoughts and vision you hold in your head. 

And vision boards are a valuable tool for this.

Also known as “dream boards,” or “inspiration boards,” these simple visual tools make it easy for you to clarify your vision for the life you truly want to live – and keep it top of mind so you can make persistent progress toward it no matter what is happening in the world around you.  

I personally have used vision boards for decades to bring my biggest dreams to life. Back when I was first starting out as a success trainer, I set myself the ambitious goal of making $100,000 in a year. 

To keep my goal top of mind, I created a gigantic picture of a $100,000 bill and taped it to my bedroom ceiling so it would be the first thing I saw when I opened my eyes every morning. 

And you know what? By the end of the year, I had made $97,000. I was three thousand dollars shy of my goal but I didn’t feel like I had failed at all because that was so much more money than I had ever made before and it made me understand that my vision was absolutely within my reach. 

So now I want to teach you how to make a vision board that will allow you to make your most ambitious dreams come true! 

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Goal-Setting Tips to Create an Extraordinary Life

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If you want to create an extraordinary life, first you must know what personal success looks like for you – and what you must do to make your vision a reality. 

That’s where goal setting comes in. Goals give you a clear sense of direction. They allow you to pinpoint your destination and map out the journey you must take to achieve your goals and make your dreams come true. 

When you understand your life purpose, have a clear vision of what you want, convert your desires into achievable goals, and then take unstoppable action toward those goals, you will have the power to accomplish anything you can imagine! 

“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.” – Andrew Carnegie

The purpose of this guide is to give you the goal-setting tips and resources you need to leverage the power of setting and achieving goals in your life.  

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How to Build a Personal Brand & Establish Credibility

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Now is your time to create an impact. Learn what personal branding is and how to build a personal brand in 7 steps.


If you want to make a real impact in the world, people need to know who you are. 

That’s why aspiring leaders and changemakers learn how to build a personal brand so others can easily understand exactly who they are and what they stand for — and what makes them great. 

But if you’ve been busy focusing on honing your skills and figuring out the best ways to share your magic with the world, chances are you haven’t had the time to put much effort into creating a thoughtful, well-considered personal brand for yourself. 

Maybe you’re feeling stuck, uncertain what to do beyond posting inspirational quotes on Facebook and Instagram. Or maybe you’re afraid that putting yourself “out there” will take up too much time and effort without doing much to grow your business.

The good news is, learning how to build a personal brand can be much easier than you think. This guide will show you how to create your own brand that will leave a positive and memorable impression, plus see how to get people excited to work with you in person.   

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How to Change Your Life & Achieve Your Goals

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“That’s just the way it is.” 

It’s the biggest lie we tell ourselves – that the way things are right now is the way they will always be. But just because your life looks a certain way today, doesn’t mean it’s going to be the same tomorrow. 

The good news is, you don’t have to be a helpless victim of change, always scrambling to deal with each new challenge as it arises. You can take charge of your life and steer it in the direction you want, even when the world is in flux around you.

Today I’d like to teach you how to change your life by setting goals that will bring your vision to life – and letting nothing stop you from creating the life of your dreams. 


10 Steps to Change Your Life

Follow these steps to discover how to change your life and make your biggest dreams come true:  

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Leader vs. Manager: Know the Difference & Be Successful

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Are you a manager… or are you a leader? An organization needs both types of people to be successful. 

Leaders are visionary, big picture thinkers with the passion and charisma to inspire others to help them bring their vision to life.

Managers have analytic minds and organizational skills required to keep everything running smoothly and ensure that their team has what they need to succeed.  

When it comes to leaders vs. managers, oftentimes, people are both. 

The best managers tend to have great leadership skills and are able to empower and inspire their team to aim higher, dream bigger, and strive to get better results.

And many great leaders, having climbed the rungs of management to get where they are now, still have an innate sense of how to manage resources, and implement processes to ensure everything runs smoothly and that people have what they need to do their best work. 

You don’t have to be a great leader to be an effective manager – but it certainly helps, especially if you dream of making a bigger impact on the world and on the lives of other people. 

I want to help you develop your leadership skills and grow your understanding of how leadership and management compare and differ from each other. That’s why I’ve written this article! 

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My 101 Personal Goals in Life

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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


I’ve studied the science of success for over four decades now – and if there’s one thing I know for sure to be true, it’s this:

The only way to attain a high level of success in life is to set personal goals for yourself and refuse to let anything stop you from achieving them. 

… Sounds simple, right? 

Yet so few people seem to be able to pull it off.  

Most people in life don’t bother to set personal goals for themselves. They’re too busy reacting to daily chaos and won’t open their eyes toward the horizon to plan for a future. 

Even if they do look ahead and set future goals for themselves, they lack the focus and motivation required to achieve their aspirations in life and give up when the first challenging obstacle appears on their path. 

Or they set personal goals that don’t take them in the direction of the life they want to live. Their personal goals list reflects what they think they should want to achieve in life, rather than what they actually want to experience. 

I don’t want that to happen to you. That’s why today I’m going to teach you how to set personal goals that are guaranteed to lead you in the direction of your dreams.

You’ll also learn how to identify future goals for different areas of your life so that you’re able to experience more balance, harmony, and greater fulfillment in everything you do! 

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Daily Affirmations for Success

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Ask any highly successful person how they maintain their motivation and focus to achieve their ambitious goals, and chances are their answer will be, “daily affirmations!”

I have met countless successful business people, Olympic and professional athletes, NY Times bestselling authors, and visionary changemakers who all use daily positive affirmations to stay energized and focused on their goals, no matter what’s happening in the world around them. They have all told me that their daily affirmations practice has had a game-changing impact on their lives.

Today I’d like to teach you how daily affirmations for success actually work and show you how to write affirmations that will make it so much easier for you to achieve your life goals.

I’ll also answer common questions such as:

“What is a daily affirmation?”
“Are morning affirmations better than evening affirmations?”
“How to write affirmations that work?”

… and so much more!

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11 Books to Help You Grow in Life

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If you want to be successful, reading books to help you grow in life is a very important discipline. I’ve been reading for a minimum of one hour a day over the past 53 years.

As a result, I’ve read more than 3,000 books in the fields of personal development, psychology, motivation, creativity, financial literacy, economics, relationships, communication skills, parenting, spiritual growth, health and fitness, leadership, marketing, social media, sales skills, social change, and environmental sustainability.

Today I want to talk to you about the importance of reading every day as part of your daily disciplines for success. I’ll share with you 11 books I highly recommend that have also helped me.

The Way I Choose Books to Help You Grow

As you probably know, I divide my life into seven specific areas:

  • Job and career
  • Financial
  • Relationships
  • Health and fitness
  • Fun and recreation
  • Personal
  • Contribution

The personal area of my life includes education, spiritual development, and any possessions I want to own or experiences I want to face. Contribution means making a difference, such as through philanthropy and leaving a legacy.

As you’ll see from the 11 books I share with you today, they cover most of these areas.

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How to Find Your Purpose in Life

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When I was in college, I began to find my purpose in life. I was actually a Chinese history major, but in my senior year, I took an elective course for an “easy A” called Social Relations 10.

In that class, we talked about our feelings and got to know each other on a deeper level than anyone I had ever talked to in college. I realized I loved human behavior — how people interact with each other, how they set goals, what human psychology is all about. I knew this is what I wanted to do with my life.

Over the next several years, one opportunity led to another, and I discovered that my true purpose in life was inspiring and empowering people to live their highest vision in the context of love and joy.

Since then, my whole life has been developed around that purpose. Once I was clear with that, I could align every single behavior and goal with my purpose.

So today I want to talk to you about one of the most important, yet challenging things you must do: how to find your purpose in life.

Determine What’s Keeping You From Finding Your Passion

One of the biggest challenges we face is figuring out exactly what we want to do with our lives.

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How to Fail Forward

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When you encounter a setback in life, how do you react?

Do you complain about it or succumb to frustration and anger and allow it to derail your progress?

Do you see it as a sign from the universe to quit or use it as an excuse to give up on your goals?

Or do you treat it like the valuable learning opportunity it is?

Today I’d like to teach you how to “fail forward” in life and transform every failure you experience into a powerful launchpad that catapults you even closer to your dreams.

The Truth About Failure

See, this is the thing about failures.

All our lives, we’ve been told that they’re bad and something to avoid or be ashamed of.

The idea of failure has been built up to be so catastrophically terrible that most people choose not to take any risks at all, rather than risk even a small chance of failure.

And that is a huge problem — because if you don’t take risks, you can’t grow as a person.

You see, growth only happens when you leave your comfort zone. It requires you to venture into unknown territory and try something different. That’s how we learn the new skills and knowledge we need to become the kind of person who is capable of taking our lives to the next level.

Growth requires risk. And if you’re so scared of failure that you refuse to take risks, then you’ll always remain right where you are.

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Accountability vs. Responsibility

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How would you like to learn a success strategy that will double your chances of achieving your goals? 

I’m talking about the power of accountability, and today I’d like to give you some tips on how to put it to work in your life so that you do a better job of achieving the goals you’ve set for yourself this year. 

We’ll also talk about accountability vs. responsibility and the differences between the two so you can better understand how each strategy will empower you to accomplish more, faster, in the months ahead. 

Accountability vs. Responsibility: What’s the Difference?

Stephen R. Covey says that “accountability breeds response-ability.” 

He’s the author of the bestselling book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, in case you don’t know him. 

I like this saying because it suggests that accountability and responsibility are different from each other — and it highlights the fact that being held accountable increases your ability to respond, which means taking action. 

When you are responsible for something, it is your duty to respond and take action. 

When you are accountable, you are responsible for reporting the actions you have taken and providing an account of the results. 

Responsibility is task-oriented. You are responsible for accomplishing the tasks required to achieve your goals. 

Accountability, on the other hand, is results-oriented. When you are being held accountable for something, it is your duty to take stock of what you’ve done and report on the outcomes of your actions. 

Both of these duties are key to your success. 

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Why Gratitude Affirmations Are More Important Than Ever

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What are you thankful for? Have you used gratitude affirmations lately?

In a year like the one we’ve just had, these might be hard questions to answer. 

But here’s the thing: When you’re going through challenging or uncertain times, that’s when practicing gratitude matters more than ever! 

Gratitude allows you to completely transform your mindset and experience in an instant — no matter what is happening in your life or in the world around you. 

So today I’d like to share some gratitude affirmations that will help you change your perspective and stay focused on the positive, so you can attract more of what you want into your life and less of what you don’t. 

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