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Wisdom from Jack Canfield

Wisdom from Jack Canfield

In order to get what you want, you must first decide what you want.

Most people really foul up at this crucial first step because they simply can’t see how it’s possible to get what they want, so they don’t even let themselves want it.

Don’t sabotage yourself that way! Don’t for a second think you have to figure out every step of the way when you’re standing at the starting gate to a certain goal. First lock in your desires and have faith that your mind and the universe will work in synch to guide you toward them.

For those who need structure for actually doing this, I’ve developed five simple steps.

Step 1: Decide to Think Big and Dream Big Dreams

Don’t let your inner devil’s advocate (or that incessant but unimportant To Do list) inhibit you from dreaming big. As soon as you commit to a big dream and really go after it, your subconscious creative mind will come up with big ideas to make it happen. You’ll start attracting the people, resources, and opportunities you need into your life to make your dream come true. Big dreams not only inspire you, but they also compel others to want to play big, too….Continue reading at

Jack is the co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and is known as “America’s #1 Success Coach.”

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8:04PM PDT on Aug 25, 2012

I have no interest in 'haveing ' the symbols of success [fancy car, big house, $1000,000 bank acount, high end travel, bla bla bla ] What I do want is to see our government fund a safety net that pays a stipend to everybody of a liveing wage for a 40 hour week by printing money and giving it directly to the people of this country so that they can take care of themselves and not lose everything every time the jobs go away. I don't know what this non-loaned by the banks to be paid-back-with interest system would do to the Wall street economy, but it would for sure help the mainstreet economy thrive. "Printing more money will only cause inflation" is propaganda perpetuated by the status quo economic system.

5:00AM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

Thank you.

4:39PM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

Rebecca T. I read what you had to say. When we are young we focus on what is immediately important to us...I wanted more than anything a beautiful home. After I got it, I walked out five years later, "A house is not a home." Without love in a house, it is empty. I told my husband to keep was no longer important. Life is for growth and learning. we can't condemn anyone for their wants...they are on the path too.
The first step to achieving any knowing what you want and aiming for it. Jack Canfield is right about knowing what you want in order to make it happen. . When people get wiser, they do consider the world as a whole and what would be good for everyone. Every soul needs to think collectively and add to the lifting of the consciousness...but every journey starts with the first step...and that is knowing what you want - and it would be great if it was wanting a more loving world. .

11:39AM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

Thank you Jack, for sharing.

11:04AM PDT on Aug 18, 2012


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6:19PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012


some tips by Yogananda

"Some people think that by visualizing a Rolls Royce or mentally picturing Henry Ford, they can acquire a Rolls Royce or become like Henry Ford. This viewpoint ignores the karmic law of cause and effect which governs the destinies of every person. No matter how clearly or powerfully all the people in the world visualized Henry Ford, not all of them would become like him.

Visualizations or affirmations of success can encourage and strengthen your conscious mind, but the conscious mind alone can not achieve success if it is hindered by karmic law. Only by contacting God in meditation, and tapping into His unlimited power, can a person overcome a strong poverty tendency from the past.

Success and divine abundance follow the law of service and generosity. Those who seek prosperity only for themselves are either bound to be poor for some time, or to suffer from mental inharmony. But those who think of others and work for group prosperity find that cosmic forces support and guide them in their efforts to achieve success. The law of magnetism works in their favor."

(i.e lots of selfless service without expectation of reward really is important)

4:50PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

This verges on brainwashing as far as I'm concerned.

3:55PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

When I saw the title and picture, I thought it was a Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy moment.

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