Catch me on Oprah’s Network this Fall!

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Catch me on Oprah’s Network this Fall!

I am THRILLED to announce that Oprah Winfrey has asked me to be a part of the second season of her SuperSoul Sunday program, which kicks off this Sunday, September 27th.

 If you’ve never watched this two-time Emmy award-winning series, I encourage you to check it out!

SuperSoul Sunday features conversations between Oprah Winfrey and some of the world’s top thinkers, authors, visionaries, and spiritual leaders, and explores topics such as happiness, personal fulfillment, spirituality, conscious living, and what it means to be alive in today’s world.

Its purpose is to help viewers awaken to their best selves and discover a deeper connection to the world around them.

Jack-Oprah-1Oprah and I filmed our episode together back in June at her home in Montecito. The time I was able to spend with her was truly inspirational. I am always moved by her authenticity, her generosity, and her palpable passion to help others in this world.  Her warmth, strength, and compassion for others is beyond inspiring.

I’m deeply honored to be included alongside some incredible guests this season – including the inimitable Jimmy Carter, who will appear in the season opener this Sunday, as well as bestselling author Brené Brown, Malala Yousafzai, the world’s youngest Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and women’s rights activist Gloria Steinem, and many others.

It’s an amazing group of people and I’m humbled to be included in their ranks!

During our conversation together, we discussed my Success Principles, and how to align our vision and goals with the fulfillment of our purpose in order to create a happy, fulfilled, and joyful life.

My episode will air December 20 and it is the final episode of the season.

Here’s a quick look at all of this season’s episodes – I encourage you to watch every one!

Sunday, September 27: President Jimmy Carter

Oprah sits down with international humanitarian, Nobel Peace Prize winner and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter for a conversation about faith and spirituality, issues facing our country today and how his global influence grew after he left the White House. From rural obscurity to world fame, universal respect and contentment, President Carter will take a wise and moving look at what he knows for sure at 91 years old. 

Sunday, October 4: Brené Brown

Oprah sits down for another eye-opening conversation with research professor and New York Times bestselling author Brené Brown, discussing the global conversation she has ignited on courage, vulnerability, shame and worthiness.  They also discuss how to own our stories of struggle, and that rising strong after a fall is how we cultivate wholeheartedness, the process that teaches us the most about who we are. 

Sunday, October 11: MalalaY ousafzai

Oprah sits down with the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai to discuss her mission to educate girls across the world, her spirituality and how she has thrived following the Taliban’s attempt on her life.  Also joining the conversation, Malala’s father Ziauddin, whom she calls her great influence. 

Sunday, October 18: The Dalai Lama

Oprah is joined by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, world-renowned spiritual leader and Tibetan Buddhist monk.  They discuss his core practice, which centers around spreading kindness, and his commitment to promoting peace throughout the world.  They also discuss what it takes to become a nation of kind and compassionate peopleand his work as an international symbol of peace for nearly six decades.

Sunday, October 25: Gloria Steinem

Oprah talks to women’s rights pioneer and living legend Gloria Steinem about her lifetime of travel, her activism and leadership, and her new book, My Life on the Road.  In the conversation, she reminds us that living in an open, observant, and “on the road” state of mind can make a difference in how we learn, what we do, and how we understand others, our times, and ourselves.

Sunday, November 1: Bryan Stevenson

Oprah talks to human rights activist and civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson for a conversation about living your calling, giving a voice to the powerless and how his life changed by meeting people on death row.  Bryan has spent more than three decades fighting poverty and challenging racial discrimination in the criminal justice system, and has won major legal challenges exonerating innocent death row prisoners, and confronting abuse of the incarcerated.

Sunday, November 8: Gretchen Rubin

Oprah speaks with happiness expert and New York Times bestselling author Gretchen Rubin about the year she spent devoted to researching and writing her book, The Happiness Project – and what she learned from test-driving wisdom of the ages, current scientific studies on happiness, lessons from popular culture about how to be happier, and how to identify what may lead to a more fulfilling life. 

Sunday, November 15: Shonda Rhimes

Oprah is joined by Shonda Rhimes, the prolific show runner and mega-talented woman behind ABC hits including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How To Get Away With Murder,” about how her sister challenged her to say “yes” for an entire year to any unexpected invitations that came her way – and the powerful impact this has had on every aspect of her life.

Sunday, November 22: Wintley Phipps

Oprah is joined by Pastor Wintley Phipps, education activist and founder of the U.S. Dream Academy, to discuss how faith and character can help to create a life of value, meaning, purpose and fulfillment. He talks about embracing your dreams, finding the sacred in music, and how our greatness shines from the inside out.  He also shares his belief that by working to resemble, reflect and reveal the character of God, we will discover our own supreme, God-given destinies.  

Sunday, November 29: Thomas Moore

Oprah talks to religious scholar Thomas Moore, who believes we all have the power to create our own religion. His 1992 classic, Care of the Soul, redefined spirituality in the modern age, and now he believes we are facing an exhilarating new phase of our spiritual evolution.  His broad message resonates with those who see themselves as spiritual, not necessarily religious, and he shares with Oprah ways to bring the soul and spirituality back into your life.

Sunday, December 6: Zainab Salbi

Oprah talks to international humanitarian Zainab Salbi to discuss her dedication to helping women in war-torn regions rebuild their lives and communities. She also talks to Oprah about growing up in Saddam Hussein’s inner circle, leading a tenuous life of privilege and luxury, but also one of fear and terror. Her new talk show, “Nida’a” is launching in the Middle East and Northern Africa this October and will give Arab women a voice in a way that’s never been done before.

Sunday, December 13: David Brooks

Oprah is joined by New York Times columnist and bestselling author David Brooks for a surprisingly frank conversation about how we can all discover and build a stronger and more meaningful moral character deep within ourselves.  David shares his raw, personal and well-researched journey on the road to discovering his own character and offers practical advice that can help us nourish trust and cultivate character over our own lifetimes. 

Sunday, December 20: Jack Canfield (that’s me!)

Oprah is joined by “Chicken Soup for the Soul” co-creator Jack Canfield who shares his principles for success and fulfilling your soul’s passion.  Based on the lessons in his New York Times bestseller “The Success Principles,” Jack explains how to align our vision and goals with the fulfillment of our purpose, in order to create a happy, fulfilled and joyful life.  Jack also shares why he believes we are all unlimited in our capacity for consciousness and creating impact in our lives.  

… As you can see, that’s quite a line-up of incredible guests and powerful, inspiring discussion topics. I hope you manage to watch them all – I know that I will be!

Once again, I’d like to extend my deepest, heart-felt thanks to Oprah for including me in this ground-breaking series and for all she does to inspire people to become their best selves. It makes my heart sing to know that there are people like her in the world, doing such powerful, life-changing work.

Are you overlooking these critical success clues?

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Are you overlooking these critical success clues?

(Plus: the most powerful intention you can set to overcome roadblocks and achieve incredible results this fall)

Happy September!

If you teach in some capacity – either as a speaker, coach, consultant, or actual teacher – you’re probably gearing up to do some powerful work with your students or clients this fall.

To ensure you do the best possible job of helping your students and clients reach their full potential and achieve great results, I encourage you to set the following intention for yourself:

I WILL RECOGNIZE AND RESPOND TO ALL YELLOW ALERTS.

(NOTE: this is an important intention for EVERYONE seeking self-improvement to set – but in honor of “Back to School” season, I’d like to focus on how powerful this intention can be for teachers and other mentors and trainers whose job it is to inspire people to be their best selves.)

The clues to success are hidden in plain sight

When I say, “yellow alerts,” what I’m talking about are the advance warnings you get in the form of telltale signs, gut instinct, intuition, comments from others that alert you to impending danger and give you time to prevent the unwanted outcome.

You know when you suddenly get a “bad feeling” about something, or you become aware that people are acting differently around you, or you develop a niggling awareness that there’s something you’re ignoring or overlooking?

THOSE are yellow alerts.

For example:

  • Your students don’t pay attention when you speak
  • Your audience looks bored and disengaged
  • Nobody raises their hand to answer your questions
  • People don’t respond to your emails or participate in your online group
  • Students who typically do great work are no longer completing their assignments
  • Organizations who hired you to speak don’t ask you to return
  • People stop grumbling and whispering to each other as soon as you walk in the room
  • People aren’t looking you in the eye
  • You’re sensing a weird undertone in the way people talk to you
  • You no longer feel like you’re “killing it” onstage or in front of the class

The faster you’re able to recognize and respond to yellow alerts such as these, the easier you’ll find it to avoid obstacles, overcome challenges, and reach a higher level of success – both for yourself and your students or clients.

Avoiding the problem doesn’t make it go away

Unfortunately, many people choose to ignore yellow alerts because they don’t want to feel any soft of discomfort. Acknowledging and responding to yellow alerts usually involves doing things you would rather not do – such as have an awkward conversation with someone or admit something isn’t working.

And so you pretend not to see the yellow alerts – because it’s easier, more convenient, less uncomfortable, and protects you from having to take risks.

Successful people, on the other hand, face problems head on. They’re willing to get uncomfortable, because they know that yellow alerts often develop into problems that fester and grow into huge roadblocks that prevent you from moving forward.

The faster you respond, the easier life becomes

Once you develop the habit of responding quickly and decisively to yellow alerts as they happen, life becomes easier.

You’re able to eliminate problems before they occur and achieve greater levels of success must faster.  

However, learning how to recognize and respond to yellow alerts isn’t always easy. It requires concentrated awareness, dedicated discipline, and a willingness to experiment and take risks.

You have to be prepared to look at your own shortcomings and be willing to hear uncomfortable truths. It’s only when you face what isn’t working that you’re able to explore better options and come up with a better way of getting the results you want.

Here are 6 tips to help you do a better job of recognizing yellow alerts so you can respond to them right away and achieve better results, faster – both for yourself and your students or clients:

1.  Clear your mind and focus on being present in the moment

When you’re working onstage, in front of a classroom, or one-on-one with clients or students, you’ll be much more effective if you’re able to clear your mind of everything else that’s happening in your life and focus on being present in the moment.

This will make it so much easier for you to remain tapped into your intuition and be able to identify yellow alerts right away.

If you find it hard to remain completely present in the moment, I recommend you take up meditation or a meditative practice such as yoga, tai chi, qi gong, or another form of martial art. These practices are great for helping you sharpen your focus and concentrate on what’s happening in the here and now.

2. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable

The only way you can grow – as a person, teacher, parent, businessperson or whatever – is to move beyond your comfort zone into a place where you are very likely to feel awkward, uncomfortable, and vulnerable.

But that’s where the magic happens. It’s where you acquire the understanding and experience you need to start performing at a much higher level.

So instead of worrying about the potential discomfort of responding to yellow alerts, embrace the opportunity to evolve.

3. Learn how to listen to people

To become a transformational teacher, you’ve got to be able to really LISTEN to your students and clients.

Don’t just keep your ears open for the things you expect them to say. Clear your mind of preconceptions, give them your full attention, and listen for the things you AREN’T expecting – because this is the information that’s going to help you radically improve your game.

4. Learn how to read people

It’s not enough to listen to what they’re saying – you also have to be able to read your students and audience and understand what it is they’re NOT saying.

If you learn how to read their physical cues – restlessness, listlessness, flashes of anger or irritation in their expressions, a reluctance to meet you in the eye – you’ll be able to recognize when there’s something they want you to know, even when they’re reluctant to express themselves or aren’t even consciously aware of what they want or need from you.

5. Ask them straight out

The best way to understand how well you’re performing – and what you can do to operate at an even higher level – is to straight-out ask for feedback from your students, clients, audiences, and colleagues.

Be prepared to ask questions such as:

  • “Is what I’m doing working?
  • Could I be doing it better?
  • Is there something more I should be doing that I am not?
  • Is there something I am doing that I should stop doing?
  • How do you see me limiting myself?”

Don’t be afraid to ask – because the information you will receive will be invaluable. You are better off knowing the truth than not knowing it – because once you know, you can DO something about it. You cannot improve your life, your relationships, your game, or your performance without meaningful feedback from the people around you.

“You’re doing great!” might be nice to hear but it doesn’t tell you anything that will help you become a better teacher, speaker, trainer, or person.

6. Process the information and ACT on it

When you respond to a yellow alert and probe deeper to uncover valuable information about your performance – and what you can do to improve it – be sure to process that information and ACT on it!

If you find out that your audience or students aren’t captivated by your teaching style, do some research to find some resources that will help you become a more compelling, engaging teacher – and then put their advice into action.

If you find that your clients aren’t completing the assignments you give them because they’re unclear on the instructions or don’t see the value of them, reassess those assignments and how you’re presenting them to your clients. Maybe you need to make the instructions clearer, or do a better job of pointing out the benefits your clients will experience once they finish the assignment. Or maybe you should consider replacing that assignment with one that’s more effective.

If you find that organizations that have hired you to speak in the past aren’t asking you back, send them a letter asking for honest feedback on what you could have done better in your last speaking engagement – then use their feedback to improve your presentation content and style before you book your next gig.

It’s only when you act on this valuable information that you’re able to create meaningful change.

Simple isn’t always easy

Recognizing and responding to yellow alerts is relatively simple in principle – but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to implement. You have to pay attention to what you’re doing and the results you’re producing – and willing to adapt on the fly.

If this is something you struggle with, I can help!

My new online Success Principles training program teaches you everything you need to know to become a powerful teacher and trainer and help others create profound change in their lives.

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Pay attention… your results don’t lie

The easiest, fastest, and best way to find out what is or isn’t working is to pay attention to the results you are currently producing. Your audiences and students either love you or they don’t. They’re either experiencing major breakthroughs or they aren’t. You either command respect or you don’t. Organizations are either hiring you to speak for them or they aren’t.

It’s that simple. Results don’t lie!

So if you want to do the best possible job of helping your students and clients this fall, set the intention of recognizing and responding to yellow alerts. It’s the only way to ensure that you keep improving as a teacher – and are able to help your students and clients reach their full potential and achieve incredible results.

Have you been noticing any yellow alerts in your life lately? If so, share them with me on my Facebook page – and let me know how you plan to respond to them!

You can find me on Facebook here: JACK’S FACEBOOK PAGE

 


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I dreamed of creating a team of people who could bring my powerful Success Principles to people from all walks of life and in every corner of the globe – so that everyone could have the opportunity to become their best self and live their true purpose. (Just imagine the impact that would have on the world!)

Since then, I’ve trained over 1,200 people to teach my proven success strategies to others. It’s so exciting to see them go back to places where I’ll never visit – and teach people how to create lives of greater joy, abundance, and meaning.

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5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Intimate Relationships With This Overlooked Success Principle

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5 simple ways to improve your intimate relationships with this overlooked Success Principle

Intimate relationships are one of the greatest – if not THE greatest – sources of joy in life.

But creating and maintaining a successful relationship takes time and energy – and growing it to the point of true intimacy takes courage and a willingness to be vulnerable.

With so many different things competing for our attention these days, it’s all too easy to find excuses not to put in the effort needed to grow and maintain the relationships we need to thrive.

And so we find ourselves in a world where too many relationships fall apart before they’ve reached their true potential.

Lovers drift apart because they’ve never developed the deep sense of connection required to overcome the stumbling blocks that occur in every relationship. Partners share a bed but not a life. Spouses sit side by side on the sofa but never share their deepest thoughts and feelings with each other – then wake up one day to discover that the person sleeping beside them is a stranger.

The good news is, it doesn’t have to be this way.

You can easily grow and maintain healthy intimate relationships using one of my simplest yet most effective Success Principles: goal-setting.

Planning and foresight are sexy

Goal-setting is one of the most powerful Success Principles – yet I see few people using it within the context of creating healthy intimate relationships. Which is crazy, because if you set a concrete, achievable goal for yourself, you are far more likely to achieve it – no matter what that goal happens to be.

A study conducted by David Kohl, professor emeritus at Virginia Tech, showed that Americans who write down their goals and reviewed them regularly earned nine times more over the course of their lifetimes than those who didn’t set goals.

This particular study focused on financial achievement, but the power of goal setting can be applied in every area of your life, including your intimate relationships.

Here are my top 5 tips on how to use the power of goal-setting to enjoy deeper, more authentic relationships with your loved ones:

1. Get specific about what you want

Vague goals produce vague results. It’s not enough to say that you want to “spend more quality time together.”

To achieve real results, you want to be specific and state your goal in a way that you and anybody else could measure it. Get clear on what you’re going to do – how much or many actions – and by when.

For example:

“I will take my spouse out for dinner once a month and schedule one evening a week to hang out together without any TV or screens, so we can spend more time talking and enjoying each other’s company.”

“We will set aside two hours for a heart talk next Saturday so we can discuss the things that have been bothering us and gain a deeper, more sympathetic understanding of how the other person feels. At the end of the talk we will each commit to taking 3 actions to make our life together more enjoyable for both of us.”

By saying what you’re going to do – and when you’re going to do it by – you make it possible to determine how well you’ve managed to reach your goal.

2. Write it down in detail

Once you’ve gotten clear on what actions you’d like to take to improve your intimate relationship, write them down in detail. Be sure to include the outcome you hope to achieve through your actions, so you can visualize what your life will be like once you accomplish your goal.

For example:

“I will take my spouse out for dinner once a month and schedule one evening a week to hang out together without any TV or screens, so we can spend more time talking and enjoying each other’s company. We will share deep, soul-baring conversations that help us create a united vision of what our dream future will look like – and our increased intimacy and sense of partnership will greatly enrich all areas of our life together.”

The better able you’re able to identify what you truly want, the easier it will be for you to work toward it – and achieve it. The universe will conspire to help you!

3. Set goals that make you uncomfortable

It’s good to have a goal that makes you feel a little uncomfortable. Why? Because your ultimate goal (beyond your relationship goals) should be to grow as a person and become a master at life. To do this, you need to stretch your horizons – and learn new skills, expand your vision of what’s possible, and overcome whatever fears and roadblocks are standing in your way.

In the process, you’ll build the confidence, wisdom, and self-esteem you need to open yourself more fully to your significant other and achieve a deeper level of intimacy that will enrich your life.

4. Reread your goals 2-3 times a day

Once you’ve written down your relationship goals, review your list two or three times every day.

Take the time to really focus on each goal. Read the list (out loud with passion and enthusiasm if you are in an appropriate place) one goal at a time. Close your eyes and picture each goal as if it were already accomplished – then take a few more seconds to feel what you would feel if you had already accomplished each goal.

By following this daily discipline of success, you’ll activate the creative power of your subconscious mind. Your brain will want to close the gap between your current reality and the vision of your goal – and that will increase your motivation, stimulate your creativity, and heighten your awareness of opportunities that will help you achieve your goal.

5. Get ready to confront some fears and roadblocks

When you set your relationship goals, you’ll probably find yourself confronting some long-standing fears and roadblocks.

For example, maybe you set the goal of spending more quality time with your spouse. Then you realize that means saying “no” to your boss when he asks you to work overtime on the evenings and weekends – and you worry about the impact this will have on your career.

Maybe you worry that opening yourself up to your spouse or partner will leave you vulnerable to rejection – or that if you ask for the truth, you’re not going to like what you get.

It’s important to remember that there is always a solution to any obstacle – you just have to look for it.

If you want to spend more time with your family but still need to put in a certain amount of hours at the office, ask your boss if you can come in a couple of hours early on weekdays so you can make sure to get your evenings and weekends off.

If your attempts to connect at a deeper level are met with initial rejection, be patient – your spouse or partner may need time to face their own fears or roadblocks before being able to meet you halfway. Even if you discover that all your worst fears about the relationship are real, at least now you have the opportunity to move forward in truth and integrity to solve the problem together or let each other go – and open yourself to the opportunity of entering into a relationship with someone else who better meets your needs.

And don’t forget, all these potential setbacks are part of the goal-setting process – both in your relationships and in all other areas of your life. If these challenges don’t appear, it means you haven’t set a goal that’s big enough to stretch you and grow you – and there’s no real potential for self-development.

The effort and risk are more than worth it

Cultivating an authentic intimate connection with another person is one of the most profoundly enriching experiences life has to offer. But you can’t expect such relationships to just fall into your lap. You have to take action and make them happen.

Goal-setting is one of the best possible ways to do that. With just a bit of planning and foresight, you can enjoy deeper, more fulfilling intimate relationships that will make all areas of your life so much sweeter.

Have you ever used goal-setting as a relationship tool? Or is there another Success Principle you’ve used to improve your intimate relationships? Tell us about it in the comments!

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