Soup For Success
In an exclusive interview,Jack Canfield,author of the blockbuster Chicken Soup for the Soul series,reveals the art,science and spirit of success
Time magazine once called him the publishing phenomenon of the decade.J ack Canfield is the originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books,which now has over 225 books in print with a total sales of over 500 million copies worldwide in 47 languages.He is also America’s top success coach and a leading expert in creating peak performance for entrepreneurs,corporate leaders,managers,sales professionals,corporate employees,and educators.In this interview,he speaks to CD about success,failure,goal-setting and his avid interest in commitment to life-long learning.Excerpts:
How critical are our beliefs in terms of manifesting what we want in our lives and becoming successful
The answer is very critical.In fact,it may be the most critical thing in becoming successful other than taking action,because beliefs and the emotions that that are created by them,like self-doubt and fear,are the things that stop people from taking action.Therefore,to be successful one needs to find some methodology for surfacing whatever limiting beliefs might be stopping you and then working to release those.
Can you give us an example
My favorite story about the power of beliefs is about Cliff Young,an Australian potato farmer who had always wanted to run in a long distance race,and in 1983 at the age of 61,decided to enter the Sydney to Melbourne Ultra Marathon,an 875 kilometer (544 mile) race.He was wearing overalls and gum boots,a t-shirt and a baseball cap.While everyone else was wearing Nike,Reebok and Asics running gear.The race organisers,worried about his health,asked if he’d ever run a long distance race before.He said no.They asked if he’d run a short race like a half marathon and he said no and responded the same to a question regarding a 10k.So then they asked him what made him think he could run this race and he said,”I’m a farmer.Once I spent 3 days running nonstop with no sleep rounding up my sheep before a major storm came in,so I think I can do this.”They didn’t want to let him enter,but finally acquiesced,and when everyone took off they were running fast,but Cliff ran rather
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slowly doing what’s now been
dubbed the ‘Young Shuffle’.But here’s the advantage that Cliff had.He didn’t know you were supposed to run for 16
hours and sleep
for 8,and repeat that process to the end,so when everyone went to sleep he was so far behind no one was awake to tell him to go to bed,and they were up and gone before he got there.This went on for two days,but on the third day,while everyone was sleeping,Cliff ran by them again,with no one telling him to sleep.He ran non-stop for 5 days and broke the old record by almost 2 days.What this tells us is that the other people believed they had to get that kind of sleep but Cliff didn’t have that belief,so he continued on,and was extremely successful because of what he didn’t believe as opposed to what everyone else thought was common knowledge.
Any other examples
On a more personal level,when I was in my early twenties and my annual income was $8000,I set a goal to make $100,000 in one year.I had no idea how to do that,but my mentor W.Clement Stone,who was worth $600 million in 1979 said to me,”Right now you make $8000 a year and you don’t believe you can do this;however,if you’ll choose to believe it’s possible,and repeat an affirmation every day like ‘I’m happily and joyfully earning,investing and spending $100,000 a year’and spend five minutes a day with your eyes closed visualising living a $100,000 a year lifestyle,your subconscious mind will begin to believe it and it will start coming up with ideas and strategies for making it happen.So,I started exercising the techniques he taught me,and believed it was possible because he was worth $600 million,and the shift occurred and sure enough,about one month later I started having $100,000 ideas.I began putting those ideas into action and by the end I had made $92,325 and I now believed it was possible to actually achieve these kinds of goals.I immediately set a goal to make a million dollars and created a new affirmation,’I am happily depositing my million dollar royalty check,’because I knew it was going to be through writing that I did that.Sure enough,within a few years I got my first check for $1,130,000.I know from my own experience and the experience of thousands of my students that changing our beliefs is one of the most critical steps in changing our level of success.You have to believe it to achieve it.
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You have also talked about the importance of self esteem in life and being successful.Can you tell our readers a few things about this
I teach something called ‘The Poker Chip Theory of Self Esteem’.It states if two people went to a casino,one with $10 to bet and the other with $100,the person with $10 is going to bet more cautiously because if they lose two bets of $5 they’re out of the game;whereas,the other person can lose $5 twenty times before they’re out of the game.Therefore,they can bet more freely,and self esteem is the same way.If I have low self esteem,I tend not to risk as much.I don’t share my ideas in staff meetings.I don’t risk investing money.I don’t ask people out on dates.I’m afraid to make requests and stand up for myself,because I have such low self esteem that if I lose more by being rejected or losing in the eyes of others,my self esteem level will be zero.Therefore,I do everything I can to protect what little I have.Soon these people become very defensive.They don’t play;they withdraw from life in general or they become braggers to try and overcome their sense of low self esteem.
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