Expand Your Prosperity Consciousness

building-a-foundation-for-successUnderstanding the relationship among consciousness, action, and prosperity is crucial to your success.

In my seminars I sometimes stand in front of the room and hold up a $100 bill, state that I’m wiling to give it away, and ask if anyone would like to have it.

Usually lots of people raise their hand – and do nothing else. I keep waiving the dollar bill until someone finally jumps out of his or her chair, walks or runs all the way up to the stage and reaches up to take the bill.

There are two lessons here. One is that money goes to the person who takes the necessary action. The other is that a certain state of consciousness makes it possible to take action – or to avoid it.

When I ask people what kept them from walking up to the front of the room to claim the money, I always get the same answers: they felt shy. They worried about what other people would think. They thought it was a trick. Those answers come from a consciousness dominated by fear, scarcity, and cynicism.

The same forces can operate in our daily lives. In each moment we either feed those forces – or replace them with something better. Following are some essential ways to expand your prosperity consciousness and claim the wealth you deserve.

Monitor Your Conversations

We swim in a sea of conversation. Every time you attend a meeting, make a phone call, or send an email, you start up a conversation. Whenever you listen to an audio recording or pick up a book, you start a conversation with an author. And whenever you write in your journal or just a take a few minutes to sit and think, you start a conversation with yourself.

Consider the combined effect of those conversations. My friend Jim Rohn liked to say that we are the average of the five people with whom we spend the most time. The quality of our conversations creates the quality of our lives.

Who are the five people that dominate the “conversation space” in your life? What did you talk about the last time you saw each person? And did that conversation build up your prosperity consciousness or tear it down?

Stay in Prosperity Conversations

Make it a point to drop out of the “aint it awful” club – toxic conversations with people who dwell on resentments or complaints. Instead, get engaged in conversations that support your path to prosperity.

For example, spend more time with the people who are already doing the kind of work you want to do. Ask them how they entered the field and what it takes to succeed.

In addition, read at least one book per week. Focus on uplifting stories and biographies of successful people. Read more and learn ways to build your skills at managing money, raising happy children, creating loving relationships, and maintaining your health. Feed your prosperity consciousness with a constant stream of useful, positive ideas.

Keep Catching Your Dream

Have you ever shared your dream with someone who then doubted your ability to achieve it? This happened to Mark Victor Hansen and me during a conversation with the publisher of Chicken Soup for the Soul. We asked him how many copies of the book we should expect to sell. The publisher said that we’d be lucky to sell 20,000 copies.

Believe me, that was NOT our dream! Our goal was to sell 150,000 copies in six months and 1.5 million in 18 months. Our publisher just laughed out loud and said it was impossible.

We ended up selling 135,000 copies in six months and 1.3 million in 18 months. We didn’t quite meet our initial goals, yet we sold much more than our publisher estimated. That first book went on to sell over eight million copies in America and 10 million copies around the world.

Whenever you have a dream-killing conversation, you have two options. Give up your dream or return to your original intention with even more energy and commitment. Focusing on your original intention sends an urgent message to your mind: I am going to persist until my dream manifests. Starting right now!

Support this deeper level of intention with affirmations, such as:

  • I always attract the perfect people to work with me.
  • No matter what is going on in the economy, I attract people I can help – and who can help me.
  • Our customer base is expanding.
  • Repeat business and referrals keep coming my way.

Then add supporting visualizations. See yourself holding bigger paychecks, rent checks, or royalty checks in your hands. Visualize people handing you cash.

Give Back

Round out these images with visions of sharing the wealth. Many of the world’s wealthiest people are dedicated tithers, meaning they give 10 percent of their income to charitable organizations.

Visualize yourself doing the same thing. Those who give also receive, and service always comes back multiplied.



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How to Create a Daily Appreciation Ritual

There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.
- Mother Teresa, Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

blessingsThe period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is the time when most people tend to express their appreciation and gratitude. But wouldn’t it be nice to experience that level of joy, love and appreciation every day of the year?

Appreciation is one of the highest emotional states you can be in. It is the state of abundance. The Law of Attraction states that like attracts like. If you are grateful for what you have already received, you will attract more for which you can be grateful.

Many people find that it requires great diligence to cultivate an attitude of appreciation. We are culturally conditioned to focus on what we don’t have, rather than appreciating what we’ve already received.

"Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.."
- Oprah Winfrey

Appreciate the Smallest Blessings

Activate your gratitude by acknowledging the gifts most people take for granted.

If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes in your closet and a roof over your head, you are better off than 75 percent of the world’s population.

If you eat three meals a day, you are far better off than the 1 billion people on the planet who eat once a day at most. Celebrate these simple blessings.

Do you have a phone?  Be grateful – millions don’t. How about a car that allows you to travel to work or to explore the country? Is your family healthy? Do you have a computer and Internet access to stay in touch with the world, get access to education, and perform work for which you are paid? Do you have clean water to drink?

These daily conveniences are gifts that most people in the world do not enjoy.

Daily Appreciation Habits

Here are five easy ways to make appreciation part of your daily routine:

  1. Take 7 minutes each morning to write down all you appreciate in life.Starting your day this way primes you to be receptive and grateful for everything your day will bring.
  2. Appreciate at least 3 people every day.Most people enjoy receiving verbal appreciation. But written notes are also nice because they can be saved and re-read. (For ideas on expressing  appreciation, grab your copy of The Success Principles and review Principle 53: Practice Uncommon Appreciation.)
  3. Play the Appreciation Game.As the saying goes, “Every cloud has a silver lining.” Look for the good in all situations. When my wife was in a car accident a few years ago, she could have chosen to berate herself or question her judgment. Instead, she focused on her gratitude for suffering only minor injuries and for the help she received from other drivers.
  4. Carry a physical token of gratitude in your pocket, such as a stone, crystal or some other small item.As you reach into your pocket throughout the day and feel the token, use it as a reminder to stop, breathe and take a moment to fully experience the emotion of gratitude.
  5. Appreciate yourself.We all need acknowledgement, but the most important acknowledgement is what we give ourselves. In addition to celebrating your big successes, acknowledge your small daily successes too.

One of the most powerful ways to acknowledge and appreciate yourself is by doing the Mirror Exercise. This powerful exercise requires you to appreciate yourself for the day’s accomplishments while talking to yourself in a mirror. For detailed instructions and guidance for the Mirror Exercise, see page 199-201 of The Success Principles.

It may not feel natural at first to focus on appreciating what you already have. But by faithfully practicing the Daily Appreciation Habits outlined in this article, you’ll begin to change your conditioning.

Giving thanks should be more than an occasional exercise once year. Let it become a daily discipline that allows you to attract more of what you want from life. I invite you to experiment with this discipline over the next 30 days and watch your blessings multiply!

Ask Jack Canfield Replay

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"How to be a More Effective Trainer, Speaker or Coach"

The following is a 70-minute audio recording from a recent “Ask Jack Canfield” call you won’t want to miss.  I received hundreds of questions about how to be more effective speaker, trainer and coach – and answered as many as humanly possible on the call.

Whether you're "officially" a speaker, trainer, coach or consultant ... or you're just getting started, I encourage you to listen to the recording. But it's really for anyone for parents, leaders, service professionals, and any  manager in a corporate or non-profit setting.

I want to share what I've learned over the years because I know the incredible power that coaches, speakers, trainers and consultants have in helping other achieve their full potential - and the more effective you are, the more people you'll be able to help. To download the audio file and listen from your ipod or other device, right click here.

 

Here are the 10 questions I answered during the call: 

  • I've just made the decision to become a life coach. I have a book in progress and also plan a speaking career. What one key thing should I be doing that will help me be successful in all three related endeavors? 
  • What is the best source of training for someone that wants to be a public speaker but has never done it before (and is scared stiff but wants to overcome the fear) - 
  • What are the key strategies a beginner could employ to be effective in his training sessions?
  • How do I learn how to deliver a clear flowing message with impact so I can truly change people’s lives? How do I learn how to engage an audience and keep their attention to maximize mine and their time? I study everyday and I really enjoy it, however up to this point I could not stand up and deliver a full flowing message that made sense.
  • What tips do you have for someone who is standing in front of a room full of people and suddenly their mind just goes "blank" .... Has this ever happened to you ? and if so , what do you do ?
  • How do I best secure more speaking engagements? What's the best way to market myself as a speaker?
  • Do you have an exercise that can make people 'feel' the power of believing in themselves and their abilities and how that can empower them to reach their full potential and realize their dreams? 'Saying' it is one thing, 'proving' it or 'making people ''feel'' it' is another.
  • How do I avoid overwhelming an audience with too much information?
  • What is the single most important actionable thing to do in a speech to move people to take action?
  • Jack, you often quote a lot of interesting research studies in your workshops. How do you stay on top of all the latest research? Are there specific journals that you check weekly, or is there some other way you find out about these studies?

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