Activating the Power of the Subconscious Mind

The untapped power of the subconscious mind can lead you to new success in your personal life and business life. Discovering how to turn your thoughts into positive and implementing the law of attraction into your daily life can take you to new heights. 

power of the subconscious mind

In order to fully understand the power of your unconscious mind, you first need to understand the difference between your unconscious and your conscious mind. Your conscious mind is the awareness you have in the current moment.

Your Conscious Mind:

This is your awareness of your surroundings, your current thoughts and emotions, the physical sensations in your body, whether or not you’re hungry, and so on. Your unconscious mind is any information that is below the threshold of your current awareness.

Your Subconscious Mind:

Examples of your subconscious are memories, beliefs, fears and subjective maps of reality. The thing with your unconscious mind is it’s very powerful and can, without your awareness, direct the course of what you do in your life.

Because of this, you must learn to choose our thoughts effectively, because your thoughts, both conscious and unconscious, due to the Law of Attraction, are what are creating your current experience of reality—including your level of success in every area of your life—work, financial, relationships, health, and happiness.

How I Learned About The Power of the Subconscious Mind

For centuries, most people didn’t know the Law of Attraction existed until, in 2006, a documentary movie and book called The Secret were released, which I was featured in along with many other teachers of this powerful law.

I’ve consciously used the Law of Attraction in my own life to create amazing personal achievements and business success far beyond what most people ever experience. And the good news is, you can too!

Let me give you one example out of my own life:

In the 1970s I was fortunate to be able to meet and work with one of the great pioneers in the teaching of the Law of Attraction—W. Clement Stone. He was a self-made millionaire worth more than $600 million.

I was hired to work in his foundation and teach his principles of success to schoolteachers to incorporate into their classrooms.

After a year of working there, he challenged me to set what I call a Breakthrough goal—a goal that would quantum leap my success and would require me to stretch and grow in order to achieve it.

AT the time I was only receiving an $8,000 a year salary...

That seems like a small amount of money, but in today’s dollars, that was a $51,000 a year salary. For example, a gallon of gas was only 36 cents in 1970.

I set the goal to make $100,000 a year (which would be $640,000 in today’s dollars). I used everything Mr. Stone had taught me including daily affirmations and visualization techniques.

And it worked! That year I made $100,000 dollars.

Because The Law of Attraction has become so much a part of our culture, let’s take a few moments to discover what it is, how it works and—most importantly—how you can use it to create the life and results you want.

Here's a video that explains the power of the subconscious mind a little further:

Controlling Your Subconscious With This Formula

Stated in its most basic form, the Law of Attraction says, What you think about, talk about, believe strongly about and feel intensely about, you will BRING ABOUT in your life.

Our thoughts have power over our lives. And as such, it’s probably a good idea to be intentional about the thoughts you put out there.

If you have specific life or career or financial goals, for instance, why not focus your thoughts on achieving that goal and having that good come into your life.

To focus more easily, I want to share a formula with you that will get The Law of Attraction working in your life.

And the formula, which is discussed in The Secret, is this...

Ask, Believe, Receive

Let's talk about each step:

1. Ask

Let’s begin with asking. The key is to focus on and ask for what you want versus what you don’t want. Remember that what you think about, read about, talk about, and give your attention to, are actually requests that you’re sending out to the Universe.

So you must start being intentional regarding what you think about all day.

Are you immersing yourself in positive, uplifting, joyful thoughts?

Do you meditate and hold pictures in your mind of what you want in your life?

Or do you frequently criticize yourself and others, complain about your life and focus on your lack of abundance?

Feeling excited, enthusiastic, passionate, happy, joyful, loving, appreciative, prosperous and peaceful are thoughts and feelings that give off positive vibrations.

Start intentionally creating your future in your mind, and then let the Universe figure out how to manifest it.

After all, it’s phenomenally good at aligning the people, situations, money, resources, and opportunities necessary to bring about your desired goals.

2. Believe

The next step is to believe you will get what you want, then take action. What does it mean to believe you’ll get what you want?

It means maintaining a positive expectancy, going about your day with certainty—knowing that you’ve put your future in the hands of a power that is greater than yours…and that it will deliver. Always act as if what you want is on its way.

It’s simply a matter of you deciding with conviction that what you want will absolutely happen.

This is not always easy. Many people have limiting beliefs which keep them from allowing abundance and happiness into their lives.

If this describes you, realize that you must first change your limiting beliefs into thoughts that you are deserving, worthy, lovable, desirable and capable—as well as smart enough, strong enough, attractive enough, rich enough, good enough, and “enough” in every other way that matters to you.

Take Action!

Of course, once you believe that you’ll get what you want, the second part of the belief stage is to take action. Taking the actions that would take to create your desired result affirms your belief that what you want is within reach.

After all, you wouldn’t be taking action if you didn’t expect your future situation to show up, would you? So your taking action is a demonstration of your belief.

3. Receive

The final step of this formula is to receive what you want by becoming a vibrational match for it.

What do I mean by vibrational match?

It’s that you, me – everyone on the planet – is like an individual radio station that is broadcasting on a specific frequency.

If you want to listen to jazz, you have to tune your dial to a station that broadcasts jazz, not one that plays hip-hop or country. Likewise, if you want more abundance and prosperity in your life, you have to tune the frequency of your thoughts and feelings to ones of abundance and prosperity.

If you follow this formula you will attract more abundance into your life.

Now that is how you harness the power of your subconscious mind. An important part of this is daily affirmations so click the image below to learn more about them.



How to Lead a Successful Training Workshop

If you want to become a successful thought leader, author, speaker, or simply share your message with the world, you must understand how to lead a successful training workshop.

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I am going to share with you my very own process – what we call The Canfield Training Methodology for leading amazing, transformational workshops.

These are the exact workshop plans that I use every time I speak, whether it is for an hour or a weeklong training seminar.

First, I want you to think like you were building a house...

When you build a house, you have to start with a blueprint. You don’t just keep your vision of what you are going to build in your head right? If you have ever built a house, you know that would be an expensive mistake. You think about all the details, the size, the number of rooms, the layout, the overall feel you want to create and so on.

You need to do this same thing when you are designing the content for your workshop.

Start by determining what is the desired outcome you want for your attendees:

  • Is it to help them find their true purpose?
  • Improve their business?
  • Increase their income?
  • Learn a new skill?
  • Develop a new habit?

Determining the purpose will then help you determine who should attend, how many, and at what kind of location. And of course, it is important to know who your audience is so that you have relevant examples and stories they can relate to.

For example, if you are speaking to a women’s group, you probably don’t want to only use a bunch of sports analogies.

In my work, I use a pre-program questionnaire that is filled out by the workshop planner or the individual attendees, so I am clear on what outcome we are looking to create once the training is over.

Workshop Plans for Leading a Training

I’d like to share my workshop plans and ideas I use that provides me with the structure I need to stay on track and cover all of the key ingredients I have discovered that make a presentation clear, engaging, and memorable for your audience.

1. Engage the Audience

First, start by engaging the audience - Clarify your purpose and your goals for the seminar or talk.

What is the central purpose of your event or presentation? What do you want people to go away from the seminar knowing, experiencing, being or doing?

2. Set the Tone for the Day

Then set the tone for the day: Why this message is important to you – what I refer to is your WHY. What makes you so passionate about the what you are sharing with them. Tell them the story about how you became so committed to sharing this subject.  

The more open and transparent you are with the audience, the more connected and safe they will feel with you.

3. Tell a Funny Story

Tell a funny story, add cartoons into your presentation, or show a funny video.

comic from training workshop

No matter how serious your topic is, using humor is the best way to connect with your audience and get everyone relaxed.

4. Have an Icebreaker Activity

Next, I introduce an icebreaker activity, which is specifically designed to create a safe space and give you and the group a chance to bond quickly and efficiently.

It could be as short as a 90-second exercise, a short 5 to 10-minute game, or an hour filled with several short exercises done in a specific order to create a specific effect.

You can introduce an exercise to complete in small groups or simply have everyone stand up and walk around the room and share two things they are grateful for or why they chose to attend your presentation. Use your imagination and always demonstrate what you are asking them to do before you have them do it.

For example, if you are asking them to share a recent success they have had or to share one thing they hope to take away from the presentation today, tell them how you would answer that question before you have them do it. And again, be totally honest and transparent so the group gets to see you are human too! This builds huge levels of trust.

5. Introduce Your Concept

Now it’s time to give them what they came for. Introduce a concept or principle that will deliver on your promise to them and why it is important.

In my case, I typically start with the first principle in my book The Success Principles, which is Take 100% Responsibility for your Life and Your Results. This is the fundamental principle that everything else I teach stems from.

6. Share Research

After introducing the concept, create credibility by sharing any research, statistics and case studies that validate what you are teaching them.

7. Share a Story

Then drive your message home with a story to illustrate the concept. Stories are a great way to velcro your message or the concept you are teaching their long-term memory and stories keep your audience engaged. Everyone loves a good story. And it’s even better if it’s a story from your own life. That’s not always possible, but personal stories have the deepest impact.

jack canfield training workshop

8. Follow Up With an Interactive Exercise

In order to appeal to all types of learners, I typically follow up with an interactive exercise or demonstration to drive the point home even deeper. I like to ask for a volunteer and invite them to come up on stage with me and do a demonstration for the whole group, which works best for shorter presentations and workshops.

Or I might have them fill out a worksheet and then get into groups and share their answers with each other while I walk around and help them. With some groups, I have them do a total group activity, like a meditation or a guided visualization.

Use Visual Aids When You Can

There are basically 3 types of learners – auditory, visual and kinesthetic. If you follow the formula we have been discussing plus some powerpoint or keynote slides, you will have accommodated all 3 types.

9. Debriefing Session

At the end of a workshop or shorter presentation, I like to rap it up with a debriefing session. You can do this by putting people in pairs, in a small group of three to six, or have a few people share their aha’s and awarenesses in front of the whole group. This also gives the participants the opportunity to ask questions if they are feeling stuck. If one person has a question, there’s almost always someone else who has that same question.

While you’re doing this, honor and celebrate the level of trust that has been established so far. It’s best to be impartial to their feedback in this part of the session. Don’t necessarily evaluate their ideas or contribute more, but definitely encourage their input.

10. Commit to Action

One more step: When everything has been reviewed, get everyone to commit to one action step they can take to get them closer to their goal – based on what they’ve just learned - and have them write it down!.

Lastly and very important – Make sure that you have a clear transition when you are moving from one concept or principle to another one.

11. Repeat for Your Next Concept

Once you have introduced your next principle or topic all you need to do is repeat the same steps again.

12. Leave Them Motivated

When you’ve reached the end of the training workshop, whether it is one hour or a full day have a final closure exercise and wrap it up with a powerful story that will have them leaving motivated and inspired, ready to go from where they started to where they want to be!

That’s how you think like a trainer and lead a compelling and engaging training seminar! If your goal is to become a trainer and you'd like to know how to become a trainer for virtually anything, click the button below to sign up for a free webinar about training others.

Feel free to modify this workshop plan I have provided above to make your training workshop your own.

If you have any questions about running a successful training workshop leave a comment below and I'll follow up with you. 


Start Your Day Off Right With The Hour of Power

The morning is the most important time of the day. If you spend an hour a day to do these three things you will be happier in life, healthier, and more motivated than you’ve ever felt.

hour of powerI call this my hour of power. Every morning I wake up and I spend 60 minutes doing three things. They've helped contribute to a lot of my success.

So what is this Hour of Power exactly?

It’s a full hour that is broken up into three 20-minute sessions:

  • 20 minutes of exercise
  • 20 minutes of meditation
  • 20 minutes of reading (positive, uplifting material)

The benefits of doing just these 3 things are great.

The Benefits of the Hour of Power

1. Exercise

Simply by meditating you’ll make better decisions, have better mental health, energy, and focus. Reading something positive every day ensures that you are always learning and growing, along with increasing your focus. Exercise, even if you are taking a walk or stretching for 20 minutes will make a huge difference in your overall health and longevity.

You can switch the order of the 3 activities and you can also choose what hour of the day you’d like to reserve for your personal Hour of Power. I usually schedule my Hour of Power for the first hour I’m awake in the morning.  This really jumpstarts my day and allows me to feel energized, focused, and engaged.

And each day, I change my routine a tiny bit….One day I might exercise by taking a 20-minute walk around my neighborhood. The next day I might jog on the treadmill. Whatever type of exercise you choose to do is fine; what’s most important is that you commit to doing it!

2. Meditation

The same goes for the meditation portion of the hour.  There are so many amazing meditation resources out there for everyone.  I’ve created a free e-book on a 4-step meditation technique that is perfect for beginners. The most important thing is to find one that you feel connected to and spend 20 minutes really grounding yourself.  

And remember, you don’t need to be in a remote cave in India to meditate, although that would be pretty cool!.  You can meditate almost anywhere….in your home, at a park, at the beach or a lake.  

Again, go with your internal guidance and find a place that you feel calm and present in, and use those 20 minutes to feed your mind, body, and soul.

3. Reading

And last but not least, the third portion of your Hour of Power is 20 minutes of reading.  Get your hands on positive, uplifting material – it could be from an online magazine, a book, journals or articles.  

But again, find something that excites you and that you’ll look forward to reading.  By reading positive material, your subconscious will become emerged in the affirmative, which helps you to remain in that positive state throughout the day.

I want to leave you with some homework after watching this video. I’d suggest test-driving the Hour of Power for 30 days. After 30 days, see what worked well and what didn’t. Try moving your hour to different times of the day.  Did having your Hour of Power in the morning work better for you than having it at night?

Remember, you can always change the terms of your hour. It is YOUR Hour of Power.

But have fun with it.  And know that it’s extremely effective in centering you, uplifting you, and helping you create a powerful, positive day.

Learn how to meditate with this free 4-Step Meditation Guide.

4 step meditation guide

How to Make 2018 Your Best Year Ever

Regardless of how you ring in the New Year (with lively parties and fireworks or cozy celebrations at home), there is a recurring theme at every New Year’s celebration: to the make this year the best year ever.

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“If you get clear on the what, the how will be taken care of.” - Jack Canfield

Here are a few things you can do to make 2018 your best year yet.

1. Review Last Year

First, take inventory of last year. By reviewing last year and all the ups and downs of 2017, we are provided with the map to moving forward into 2018. Reflecting deeply on last year can highlight your successes and – more importantly – the areas most in need of improvement.

Find a quiet room in your house and carve out a bit of meditation time. Don’t be afraid to ask yourself the hard questions; the answers to the hardest of questions will only help you grow. Use a journal to collect your thoughts so that you can refer back to your answers.

  • What were the biggest accomplishments of 2017?
  • Why were those accomplishments meaningful for you? What did they signify?
  • Did you have any regrets? What were they?
  • What obstacles did you face?
  • What goals did you reach?
  • What goals did you not meet?
  • What are you not happy with in your life right now? This could be personal, professional, spiritual. Identify the areas that you want to improve, and be as specific as you can be.
  • And finally, what was the overall recurring theme of 2017?

By taking the time to review the events of the previous year, you not only have the opportunity to be grateful for all the good moments, but you also gain the knowledge of where and what to improve.

It is only when you know which areas truly need improving (and why), that you can work towards creating the best year ever.

Make 2018 Your Best Year Ever By Creating Your Extraordinary Life Plan.

2.  Try This Instead of Making New Year's Resolutions

Next, don’t make New Year’s resolutions. On the outside, making New Year’s resolutions seems like a festive way to bolster optimism and prepare for the upcoming year.

However, there is a reason for so many jokes about resolutions fizzling out before Valentine’s Day: many individuals simply do not follow through on their resolutions – despite their best intentions.

Instead of setting resolutions, set New Year’s goals.

Although those words may seem interchangeable, understanding the difference can help you make the best out of 2018.

While a resolution is intended to be a promise you keep indefinitely, a goal refers to a specific achievement by a specific date.

An example of a resolution is something like, “I will go the gym every day.”

You intend to keep this promise, but because it is unrealistic, you lose momentum once you miss a few days and you realize you cannot keep this promise.

A goal is:

“I will run a 5K by April 30th, 2018.”

Unlike the resolution which has no end in sight, this goal has a very specific and measurable achievement (run a 5K) and deadline (April 30th). Because of these characteristics, goals are much easier to keep. And yes, it might entail going to the gym a lot, but you are not committing to more than you can realistically handle.

When you make your New Year’s goals, be sure to be as specific as you can. That is one of the keys to your success.

3. Create a Breakthrough Goal for the Year

A well-formed goal is both powerful and measurable. Specifically, a goal must quantify something, and it must list a specific date for completion. Going back to the goal versus resolution example from above, a good goal is:

“I will participate in the charity 5K on April 21st, and I will complete it in 30 minutes or less.”

As admirable of a goal as that is, your year has even greater chances of success if you set a breakthrough goal. A breakthrough goal is a goal that will quantum leap your success, a large goal that could dramatically changes your life dramatically.

Carefully consider possible breakthrough goals for yourself. What would dramatically change your life?

Instead of just running a 5K, set a breakthrough goal such as losing 35 pounds or totally eliminating the need for a certain medication.

Instead of just volunteering at the polls, set a breakthrough goal to run for a local office.

Or set a breakthrough goal to write a book, earn your Master’s degree or get your real estate license.

Because a breakthrough goal has the power to transform your life, it also has the power to make 2018 your best year ever. This fact alone makes setting a breakthrough goal one of the most powerful things you can do for your future success and future happiness. Follow these tips to make 2018 your best year ever. 

Make 2018 Your Best Year Ever, One Breakthrough Goal at a Time

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This powerful video course is my ultimate training program in setting and achieving your biggest goals. I’ll walk you through the steps needed to create a crystal clear vision of what you want, choosing a BIG, ambitious goal, and putting together a complete plan of action and achievement. Make 2018 your best year yet.yelp-launch-bottom-blog-post-650x300

23 Questions to Celebrate Your Year & Set New Year Goals for 2018

As you set your new year goals for 2018, it's a good idea to take stock of the progress you've made toward your goals this year. For many people, this review is unpleasant and can even lead to a downward spiral.


If you didn't achieve all of the goals you set at the beginning of the year, you may feel like you have failed. Our self-esteem can take a hit, we can become disheartened and discouraged, and our motivation drops. Some people actually become depressed.

If this sounds familiar, it's time to reframe how you look at success. Zeroing in on accomplishments that didn't happen puts your focus on what you lack, rather than on what you have (the things you did experience and accomplish). This subtle mental trap leads to a host of negative consequences, which usually leads to attracting more lack.

The answer is not giving up the review of your year. Periodic review is essential to the process of growth and goal achievement. The key is to acknowledge, appreciate, and celebrate what you did accomplish, and then to refocus on the goals that you still want to achieve.

Achieving a goal is a lot like flying a plane. You're guaranteed to be off course 99% of the time, which means that if you want to successfully reach your destination, it is essential to periodically check your position and correct your course. December and January is an ideal time to perform this much-needed review and analysis.

Create a "Win List" For the Year

One of the techniques I teach my coaching clients is to create a detailed "Win List" at the end of the year. Its purpose is to help you acknowledge all of your wins, especially those that didn't start as a written goal or intention.

This powerful technique takes about 30 minutes to complete. Start by listing all of the goals you set and achieved this year. Then list any other wins you think of – both large and small.

Here are some questions to help identify your successes.

• What wins or progress did you achieve in business?
• Did you discontinue an old product or develop a new product or product line?
• Did you identify a new market to focus on?
• Did you create any new marketing pieces or campaigns?
• Did you delegate any tasks to become more productive? This could include adding new staff and/or assistants, such as a housekeeper, executive assistant, gardener, errand runner, babysitter, or child care person. It also might include putting new systems into place to increase your efficiency.
• Did you buy, use or learn to use any new technology? This includes mental, emotional or spiritual technology, as well as mechanical, electronic and digital technology?
• Did you spend more time in nature?
• Did you develop any new supportive habits (such as meditation, exercise, sleep, or gratitude)? Did you overcome any non-supportive habits (for example, addiction to alcohol, caffeine, sugar, video games, porn, gambling, or shopping)?
• How did you grow in leadership?
• Did you deliver any presentations or speeches or develop new programs?
• Did you develop any new abilities, skills, or competencies?
• What success did you achieve in the areas of financial income, investments, or debt reduction?
• Did you create any new relationships or deepen existing relationships? Consider both business and personal relationships.
• Did you make any progress in self-development?
• Did you attend any positive events (e.g., seminars, lectures, concerts, theater, or sports)?
• Did you experience any positive events with your family?
• Were there any positive events in relation to your house or apartment?
• Did you take any trips or vacations?
• Were there any positive additions to your life?
• Were there any positive events in your community?
• How about any positive events in your spiritual life (e.g., church services, meditation, retreats, rituals)?
• Did you experience any positive events in regards to letting go (e.g., bad habits, negative people, or clutter)?
• Did you have any wins in health and fitness (e.g., weight, exercise, cholesterol, sports, or endurance)?

Reduce Mental Friction

Mental "friction" caused by negative thoughts and feelings will slow down your progress as you work to achieve your goals. By using this technique to focus your attention on what you did achieve, you'll shift into a state of gratitude and joy, accelerating your momentum into the new year.

Begin Thinking About and Setting New Year Goals for 2018

Once you've gone through and written down what your successes are for this year, I want you then to start thinking about setting goals for next year. Goals need to be specific and measurable. How much, and by when? When do you want to accomplish it?

Also, review your long-term goals. Maybe you have a goal to write a book, to become a professor, to become a multi-millionaire. That may be five, or 10 years out. But you want to think about, "What do I have to accomplish in 2018 to make sure I get to my long-term goals."

Here are 6 areas of your life that I want you to set goals for:

1. Set Goals for Your Financial Life

Have a goal for your financial life. How much do you want to make in 2018? Do you want to have a side income? Maybe you want to be debt free by the end of the year. Think hard about your finances and set a specific and realistic goal for the year.

2. Set Goals for Your Career

Have a goal for your job and career. What do you want to accomplish at work in 2018? Do you want to make more money, get a promotion, or release a new product? Use your win list to evaluate what you want to accomplish this year in your career.

3. Set Goals for Your Relationships

Have at least one goal for the most important relationships in your life. Think about your family, your friends, your significant others. How can you help them achieve more? How can you give back to them? In what ways can you improve these relationships?

4. Set Goals For Fun and Recreation

Have a goal for fun and recreation. Mine is 135 free days in 2018. That means no work from midnight to midnight, including 30 vacation days with my wife.

5. Set Goals for Fitness and Health

What's a goal for you in terms of health and fitness? It might be running a marathon or achieving your ideal weight. Perhaps it’s to become more flexible or strong. My goal for 2018 is to weigh 195 pounds or less by December 21st, be able to do 40 pushups in a row, do 100 hours of yoga, and improve my posture.

6. Set Personal Goals

Set personal goals for yourself for the year. What is something you want to do, simply because you want to do it? This year, I'm going to commit to two hours a week to learn Spanish so I can talk to the people in Southern California where I live a lot more effectively than I currently do. I'm also going to read 50 books, and totally declutter and reorganize my office and my garage. What's a personal goal for you?

Tell me in the comments below, what is one big goal you'd like to achieve in 2018? Take time to really think about that. What is a goal that you want to achieve that would help you create an extraordinary life, that will be a breakthrough to a new level for you? This is possible, and I want to help you achieve that.

Remember, review your past year, really realize you've achieved a lot, and feel good about that. That's building the poker chips of self-esteem that will allow you to take the risks you need to take in the new year to create your extraordinary life.

Create Your Extraordinary Life One Big Goal at a Time

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This powerful, brand-new, video course is my ultimate training program in setting and achieving your biggest goals. I’ll walk you through the steps needed to create a crystal clear vision of what you want, choosing a BIG, ambitious goal, and putting together a complete plan of action and achievement. Make 2018 your best year yet.yelp-launch-bottom-blog-post-650x300

7 Tips to Help You Cheer Up In Less Than 60 Seconds

Every once in a while we find ourselves in a bad mood in need of a cheer up. Maybe you got a flat tire on the way to work, or the coffee shop messed up your drink order, but either way, you need a pick-me-up. You need to change your mood to happy.

a dog to change your mood and cheer up

Did this puppy help cheer you up?

There are a lot of strategies a person can use to change their mood and outlook over the long term, however, not nearly as much attention is given to how a person can bust their bad mood fast.

Still, your attitude in the moment can have a big impact on your day and your life-at-large.

The good news is that if you find yourself slipping into a negative or self-defeating mood, there are ways to quickly right the ship.

How To Change Your Mood in 60 Seconds

The next time you feel your emotions veering toward a place you'd rather they didn't go, try one of the following methods for changing your mood in 60 seconds or less.

1. Smile

Studies have shown that putting on a smile - even if it is forced - can lead to an almost immediate flood of endorphins. This endorphin release is actually triggered by the movement of muscles in your face, meaning that smiling carries this benefit even when your heart really isn't in it.

Endorphins released by smiling serve to improve your overall happiness and reduce stress by triggering the stress-reducing hormone cortisol. Simply put, endorphins are feel-good neurotransmitters, and smiling can give you an extra boost when you need them most.

2. Express Gratitude for Everything

Second, you can do what is called a “Rampage of Gratitude”. Rampages are typically associated with being over-the-top expressions of negative emotions, but that doesn't have to be the case - they can be over-the-top expressions of gratitude and positive emotions as well.

If you find yourself slipping into a negative mood, spend the next minute going on a gratitude rampage.

Identify everything that exists in your life that you have reason to be thankful for, and spend a moment reflecting on each thing that comes to mind. Be thankful for the existence of those things, and be thankful for your own existence. It’s even more powerful if you express each thing you are grateful for out loud.

The truth is, everyone has countless reasons to be thankful, and spending a few moments focusing on those reasons can do a world of good for your mood.

What I like to do is just stand up and walk around for a few minutes and appreciate everything I see.

For example:

I appreciate the carpet on the floor. It makes everything much quieter and more beautiful.

I am grateful for the people who made the carpet and the people who installed it.

I am grateful for my computer and the internet that lets me interact with all my students around the world.

I am grateful for my cell phone.

I am grateful for my Amazon Echo and Alexa, whom I can ask anything of, and she always has an immediate answer.

I am grateful for Pandora, especially the James Taylor and Paul Simon channels.

I am grateful for the weather in Santa Barbara.

 I am grateful for my stapler and my scotch tape dispenser that allows me to keep everything in order.

Even the little things matter. 

3. Meditate for a Minute

Research has shown that as little as 3 minutes can begin to alter your state of mind. The short-term benefits of meditation are just as beneficial as the long-term benefits of meditation.

If you're in need of a relaxing pick-me-up, take a couple minutes to meditate or perform a few deep-breathing exercises.

Even just a few minutes of meditation can serve as sort of a mental reset button, reducing stress, calming worry and anger, and leaving you in a noticeably better mood.

4. Use Positive Affirmations

The power of a few minutes of repeating positive affirmations is something that should be used.

Positive affirmations are a proven technique to improve your mood, reduce stress, and boost your confidence.

The trick is that your subconscious tends to believe what you repeatedly tell it. This is why people with a negative outlook tend to end up affirming their negative views as truth in what amounts to a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Thankfully, the reverse is also true, and positive affirmations can be used to convince yourself that the positive things you tell yourself really are true.

Your positive affirmations will vary depending on your own goals, interest, and current situation, but choose affirmations that will uplift and inspire you, then spend a minute repeating them to yourself.

Here are a few examples of uplifting affirmations:

I am courageous and I stand up for myself.

I am brimming with energy and overflowing with joy.

I have everything I need to do anything I want.

I am becoming more calm and centered with every breath I take.

I am joyfully and peacefully completing everything I need to do.

I am using my limitless gifts and talents to accomplish all of my dreams and goals.

I always find solutions to any challenges and roadblocks and easily move quickly past them.

5. Listen to Uplifting Music

Music affects your mind, your emotions, and your soul in a number of ways.

It's no small wonder then, that music in some form or another has been around almost since the dawn of man.

A study published by the University of Missouri in 2013 concluded that participants who listened to upbeat music even for just a brief period of time reported improved mood and increased happiness. Just note that word "upbeat" is key; sad, slow songs won't have the desired result.

Create a personal playlist of upbeat songs for yourself that you can always access when you need it.

My playlist includes songs like Eye of the Tiger by Survivor, You Make Loving Fun by Fleetwood Mac, Celebration by the Pointer Sisters, Beat It by Michael Jackson, Brave Faith by Jana Stanfield, It’s a Great Day to Be Alive by Travis Tritt, Hands by Jewel, and All You Need Is Love by the Beatles.

6. Get Some Sun

The next tip is to simply go outside and get a little sun.

There's a reason that depression rates soar in the winter time when the sunshine is less frequent. In fact, some studies have shown that people who get more sunlight exposure during the day sleep better at night, are more alert and productive, and are less likely to suffer from conditions such as depression.

Sunshine can be just as beneficial for a quick mood boost, too. If the weather and your location permit it, step outside, take a few breaths of fresh air, and soak up a little sunlight. It shouldn't take long before you begin to notice the benefits.

7. Hug Someone

The last tip is to give someone a hug. Physical contact is one of the all-time best mood improvers.

Like smiling, giving someone a hug releases a flood of feel-good hormones and neurotransmitters that are great for reducing stress.

These include cortisol and oxytocin - both of which are powerful mood improvers.

If there's no one around you that you feel comfortable hugging, try giving yourself a self-massage.

Rubbing your temples, forehead, hands, and neck is a decent stand-in for physical contact and has been shown to have many of the same benefits.

Working on improving your mood in the long-term can certainly boost the quality of your life. Changing your mood fast, though, can go a long way to improving your current day. In addition, quick, short-term improvements eventually add up to long-term results.

Try one of the tactics we just covered for changing your mood in 60 seconds or less the next time you need it. You should be able to curb your bad mood and quickly cheer up back into a beneficial state of mind.

Let me know which tip you used to cheer up and how it affected you in the comments. Discover the power of positivity with your FREE guide for everyday positive thinking by clicking the button below.

Dinner With Oprah & Thoughts on Her New Book "The Wisdom of Sundays"

Jack Canfield and Oprah Winfrey

Guess who came to dinner last week? Oprah Winfrey.

When I was at Oprah’s estate in Montecito to film my Super Soul Sunday show, I told Oprah that I wanted to introduce her to some other people who lived in the Santa Barbara area.

She gave me her phone number and said, “Great. Invite me to dinner.”

Some time went by, and I had not yet done it, and then in October, she invited me, along with 300 others to the Sunday Gospel Brunch she put on to launch her newest book, The Wisdom of Sundays, which is a beautiful collection of the best aha moments of inspiration and soul-expanding insight from her three-time Emmy Award-winning Super Soul Sunday television show interviews.

At brunch, Oprah reminded me that I had not yet put together that dinner. So last week, I did. Oprah, my wife Inga and I, Dawa Tarchin Phillips (a local Buddhist meditation teacher) and his wife Aranza, and Barnet Bain (the director of Milton’s Secret, the film version of Eckhart Tolle’s children’s book) and his wife Sandi Stuart.

We had an amazing evening discussing a number of topics, including Oprah’s Leadership Academy for Girls, which she opened near Johannesburg, South Africa. I offered to gift all the teachers and the counselors in the school our Train the Trainer Online program, and Oprah accepted the offer, and we are also discussing my going to South Africa with her to conduct a live training for the teachers.

Here is a picture we took at the end of the evening.

Group picture at Oprah's house with jack canfield

I also want to encourage you to purchase a copy of The Wisdom of Sundays. It is a beautiful, cherishable, deeply-affecting book. 

Organized into ten chapters―each one representing a powerful step in Oprah’s own spiritual journey and introduced with an intimate, personal essay by Oprah herself.

The book features selections from the most meaningful conversations between Oprah and some of today’s most-admired thought-leaders, including myself, Tony Robbins, Arianna Huffington, Shonda Rhimes, Eckhart Tolle, Thich Nhat Hahn, Marianne Williamson and Wayne Dyer, Cheryl Strayed, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Elizabeth Lesser.

Illustrated with beautiful photographs, many taken on her Montecito estate, The Wisdom of Sundays is a beautiful book, a great read, and will make a great gift book for the coming holidays. Here’s a link to the book on

[LIVE INTERVIEW] Removing the Mask of Masculinity With Lewis Howes

Recently, I had the privilege of interviewing Lewis Howes about his new book, The Mask of Masculinity: How Men Can Embrace Vulnerability, Create Strong Relationship, and Live Their Fullest Lives.

For men in the modern era, this book is chock full of wisdom about how to improve your life and shed misconceptions that may be holding you back. My time reading Lewis' book was incredibly eye-opening and informative, and I wanted to take the time to highlight some of my main takeaways from The Mask of Masculinity by talking with Lewis.

Watch my interview now below!

How The Mask of Masculinity Can Help Men and Women Alike

For hundreds of years, society has conditioned men about how they should act and behave. Some of these conditions are good, such as bravery, respect, and honor.

Some, however, can be a detriment, such as the idea that men should show no emotion, should be able to handle everything on their own, and should treat aggression as an admirable trait.

For men, the first step in keeping these misguided ideals from holding them back is to recognize them. Likewise, for women, it's important to recognize when the men in their lives are being influenced by these ideals so that they can act accordingly and help them move past them.

This is where The Mask of Masculinity offers real value. It shines a light on the various masks that men sometimes wear, why they are often detrimental, and how they can put them aside in order to enjoy a healthier, more fulfilling life.

Why do Men Wear Masks?

Over the years, society has created an image of how "real men" should act and behave.

These ideals of a "real man" come at us from every angle.

They're in the movies we watch, the books we read, the stories in our history texts, and the pressures from our peers. However, not every man truly exhibit these ideals. Left to be themselves, they may prefer to behave in ways entirely different from how society has conditioned them to behave. The pressure to behave as expected, though, is intense, and for many men, the solution is to wear masks.

They spend years trying to convince others and themselves that they embody all of the ideals a man is supposed to embody, and in the process, they often lose sight of who they really are.

The Masks that Men Wear

There are a number of masks men sometimes wear in order to convey the idea that they really are what society expects them to be.

These masks include:

  • The Stoic Mask - Demands that men should never show emotion
  • The Athletic Mask - Demands that men must be physically superior to their peers
  • The Aggressive Mask - Demands that men show aggression whenever they are angry
  • The Sexual Mask - Dictates that men must be promiscuous and successful with the opposite sex
  • The Joker Mask - Demands that men use humor to deflect and dodge real issues
  • The Know-it-all Mask - Demands that men be intellectually superior to their peers
  • The Invincible Mask - Demands that men show no signs of emotional or physical pain
  • The Material Mask - Demands that men pursue material wealth and possessions
  • The Alpha Mask - Demands that men portray an image of dominance over their peers

In some situations, these masks can prove useful, particularly in a society that dictates this is how men should behave. This occasional usefulness is perhaps the reason why these masks have stuck around for so long even though we have now largely moved into a world where they are no longer necessary.

In many other instances, though, these masks can shackle men to an image that doesn't truly represent them, leading to disappointment, failure, and overall unhappiness.

Why it's Time to Take the Masks Off

Society convinces many men must behave a certain way lest they become unsuccessful and ostracized. This idea, however, is a lie and a dangerous one at that.

Sometimes, it's okay for men to be stoic. Sometimes it's okay for a man to be humorous, or athletic, or pursue material wealth.

However, it's also okay for men to be open, tender, and vulnerable. In fact, the men who are able to exhibit these latter traits when these traits are truly what they are feeling on the inside are the ones who are the most successful in their relationships, their career, and their life as a whole.

Successful, happy men are not confined to a cookie-cutter ideal of what men should be like. Successful, happy men are the ones who are true to themselves in spite of the ideals they've been conditioned to.

As a society, it's time we take off the mask and allow ourselves and other men to dictate for themselves how they should behave. Traits such as humor, athleticism, and intellect should be encouraged when they are genuine. So should traits such as vulnerability and openness. When these traits are genuine, they are incredibly valuable. When they are a mask, though, they are rarely of any value and only hold us back.

I'm honored to have been able to speak with Lewis and to read his book, and I hope that men and women alike will take the time to better understand the pitfalls of wearing these masks and learn how to move past them into a life that is more fulfilling and rewarding.

If you would like to learn more, I cannot recommend enough taking time to order and read The Mask of Masculinity for yourself.

About Lewis Howes

Lewis is a New York Times Bestselling author of the hit book, The School of Greatness. He is a lifestyle entrepreneur, high-performance business coach and keynote speaker. A former professional football player and two-sport All-American, he is a current USA Men’s National Handball Team athlete. He hosts a top 100 podcast in the world, The School of Greatness, which has over 40 million downloads since it launched in 2013. He was recognized by The White House and President Obama as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs in the country under 30.

Is the Secret Real?

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Is the Secret real? If you're familiar with my work you know that I'm a huge believer in the Law of Attraction. I was even featured in the groundbreaking movie and book The Secret, which introduced the world to the Law of Attraction in a massive way. I've also written several books about it and the Law of Attraction is featured prominently in the success principles and all the other programs I've created.

Over the years I've heard many people ask whether or not the Secret is real.

Today I want to answer that question...

The Law of Attraction states that the universe responds to whatever vibration you are offering by giving you more of whatever you are vibrating. It doesn't care whether it's good for you or not. It simply responds to your vibration, whether it's love, joy, abundance, prosperity, or whether it's fear, anxiety, resentment or anger.

How I Know the Secret is Real

First, I know the Secret is real because I've used it to achieve, and in most cases exceed, all of the goals that I've set in finding amazing success with the best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul series, creating a high multimillion dollar net worth, a beautiful home, fulfilling relationships, dream vacations all over the world, and a successful company.

Second, I've also seen the graduates from my training use it with great success. Watch this video below where I talk about some success stories of people using the Secret in their lives to achieve wonderful things.

Show Appreciation for All Things

Joe Vitale tells a wonderful story of being dirt poor and living in a rundown apartment.  Joe was reading a book on the Law of Attraction that said, "Write down what you're grateful for." He said, "What the hell do I have to be grateful for?" I'm in this crappy apartment. I've got a pencil and a piece of paper. He said, "I stopped and said, 'Okay if I could be grateful what would it be for?'"

Joe thought, "Well I have a piece of paper. I could write down my goals. I have an eraser. I could erase my limiting beliefs. I have my life. I have clothes. I'm in a country where I'm safe. I've got water coming out of a faucet." 

He started writing down all of the things he wanted to have and at the end of the day he had a list of goals he wanted, and within a year he was out of that apartment, he was in a wonderful place, he was making money, he was writing a book. Everything shifted because he hit bottom and he thought, "Okay, even at the bottom I still have something to be grateful for."

If you have food in the refrigerator, if you have electricity, if you have running water, you're better off than half the people in the world. Over half the people in the world are living on less than $3 a day. I know people that are making $100,000 a year that feel like they are poor. If you're making $100,000 a year in the top one-tenth of 1% in the world of the income. Take some time and start inventorying in your life what you do have and focus on doing what I call a rampage of appreciation.

Take time to walk around your environment and make a list of everything you have that you can appreciate. Things like:

  • The carpet that you have
  • The running water
  • The windows that are clean
  • The cat that you love
  • The plants that you have in your house
  • You have toilets that flush
  • You have food in your refrigerator
  • You have a car perhaps
  • You have warm clothes in the winter
  • You've got shoes

All of the things that are out there that you have that are gifts that you have that most people don't have. Whatever it is. Make sure you focus on that.

Do a little show of appreciation every day for a couple of minutes.

How do You Respond to Things in Your Life?

I want to give you a little bit of homework. We've talked about inventorying what you currently have and what you're currently experiencing in your life. This is your current reality.

Also make note of how you respond to things like current events, the news, what the people in the government are doing, how people treat you, what's happening in the stock market, how you feel when you open up your paycheck or you look at your bank statement, how your children are doing in school, and whether or not your favorite sports team wins.

What is your emotional reaction to all of these things? Is it calm acceptance? Is it unconditional love? Is it joy? Is it peace? Or is it anger, fear, hopelessness, and resignation?

The Secret to the Law of Attraction is that it responds to your negative as well as your positive vibrations when you're reacting to these external events.

It attracts to you more of what it is you're vibrating. If you get angry at the news you're going to attract more things to be angry about. If that is the case you might want to stop watching the news. Instead, engage in activities that bring you joy.

Think Thoughts of Peace and Love

Think about thoughts that bring you peace and love.

One of the most important things you need to focus on in your life is to protect your own positive vibration.

One of the things I often suggest to my students is to go on a 30-day news fast. No newspapers, no news on TV or radio, no magazines, only listen to positive music, only read uplifting books, and only watch uplifting movies. Then notice how you feel. I really strongly encourage you to try that for 30 days.

These are only a few of the amazing Law of Attraction success stories that prove that the Secret is indeed real. Leave a comment below on what you think, and I'll be sure to follow up with you.

If you want to learn how to activate the Law of Attraction in your life, click the button below.


My Personal Vision Board

A vision board is a perfect tool to help you visualize your goals and activate the Law of Attraction. The best way to achieve your goals is to keep them top of mind so that you're always looking for ways to move closer to them.


What is a Vision Board?

A vision board is a visualization tool which refers to a board of any sort used to build a collage of words and pictures that represent your goals and dreams.

Vision boards can be bought from our website or made with cork or poster boards. By placing visual representations of your goals into one space, you can easily visualize them frequently. Remembering to look at them daily and imagine them as if they have already come true is one of the best ways to activate the Law of Attraction.

The main idea of a vision board is, that it’s a place where you capture images of the goals that you have in your life, the things you want to experience, the things you want to own, and the things you want to do.

The subconscious mind is much more powerful than the conscious mind. We can program the subconscious and the unconscious by putting in images and words and affirmations on a consistent and regular basis.

My Personal Vision Boards

I currently have two vision boards. One is a fold out vision board that I can travel with and close up for privacy and a vision board on the back of my door in my office. So, every time I leave my office, I stop and I look at the images on that board. It's in my face every day, probably 8 to 10 times a day.  

I've been using vision boards in one form or another since the 1970's. My first “vision board’ was a $100,000 bill that I made myself.

I taped it to the ceiling above my bed so that I would see it every day when I woke up. I set the goal for myself that I wanted to make $100,000 in one year. At that point, I was making $8,000 a year so this was more than 12 times my annual income.

Every morning when I would wake up, I would visualize that. I would close my eyes and visualize my $100,000 lifestyle.

What it would be like...

Where I would live...

The Navajo rugs I was going to buy I put on my walls...

The little lake house I would have...

The car I would own...

And everything else I could think of.

Guess what happened? Within about 30 days, I started having hundred thousand dollar ideas for the first time in my life.

Within a year I had earned $92,000. It was an amazing breakthrough.

At the end of that year, my wife asked me, "Do you think it'll work for a million dollars?" I said, "I don't know, It worked for $100,000. So, let's do it."

We made a million dollar bill and put that on the ceiling. And within a few years, I received my first $1,000,000 check for a book royalty for the first Chicken Soup For The Soul.

Today, my current vision board has:

  • Pictures of million dollar bills.
  • A picture of a man doing yoga because I want to be more flexible.
  • A picture of a strong back, because I want to have a pain free and flexible back.
  • A resort in Hawaii and Tahiti because I want to spend more time there.
  • A world map, because I want to enroll trainers in my Train the Trainer Online program from every country in the world.
  • A piano, because I’m learning to play the piano, and more.

Make sure you put images and words. You can cut them out of magazines. You can go to Google images and other image sites online. Print them out, cut them out and paste them on your vision board.

The Power of Visualization

Visualization from a vision board has three main benefits.

  1. It activates the creative powers of your subconscious mind to come up with ideas and solutions for achieving your goals.
  2. It programs the perceptual filters in your brain to start noticing the available resources that are present in your environment that were always there but escaped your notice.
  3. Through the law of attraction, visualization also magnetizes and attracts to you the people, the resources, and the opportunities you need to achieve your goal.

By adding visualization practice to your daily routine, you will naturally become more motivated to reach your goals. And you'll start to notice you are unexpectedly doing things that move you closer to your ideal life. You're going to feel more motivated and you're going to be doing things you're going to be surprised at the outcomes that start to happen.

I'd like to offer you today my 21 Ways To Make Your Vision Board More Powerful. It's a wonderful checklist that will help you create an actionable vision board and create the success you want in your life.


5 Leadership Traits of Great Leaders

Whether you’re climbing the corporate ladder, building a network marketing downline, working for social change, or even coaching a Little League team or organizing a civic event, knowing leadership traits of effective leaders will make you more successful in any role.

leadership traits

Becoming a leader gives you the opportunity to magnify your impact in the world. It allows you to leverage the hearts and actions of others toward the achievement of goals and objectives that you care about. It allows you to produce bigger results faster than you could ever do on your own. And while we’re not all destined to become leaders on a level with John F. Kennedy, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Steve Jobs or Mother Teresa, we can all learn to develop our leadership skills for positive impact in our organizations and our local communities.

Along the way, we can even transform the people we lead.

We can help them grow, expand and improve.

We can help them cope better, think bigger, and become more confident.

Growing people is what transformational leaders do every day. And there are really five key qualities that I think elevate someone to the significance of a great leader.

Great Leaders are Open to Feedback

The first is that a great leader is open to feedback. They aren’t afraid of hearing the truth. In fact, they pro-actively seek out feedback from their team, their peers, the marketplace, and their customers – in whatever form those individuals might be. They don’t argue with the feedback or get angry. They just take it in as information.

Leaders Create a Safe Space

Next, a great leader creates a safe space for people to voice their ideas, concerns, and solutions. Nothing should be off the table.

They Listen Without Prejudice

In fact, listening without prejudice is probably the greatest skill of a leader. It’s how new ideas get heard and gain traction. It’s how new products are invented, new methods are developed, and innovative solutions become mainstream solutions.

Leaders Use Sensible Responses to Different Situations

What’s number four? True leaders understand that they have the opportunity and ability to respond differently to every situation. When events arise – good or bad – leaders see these events as neutral. But they see their response to that event as crucial.

Good leaders know that the way they respond can save a situation or make it worse. They can turn a negative event into an opportunity for positive change. They can turn mistakes into teachable moments for their team. And they can use sensible responses as examples that transform their team members into smarter, more innovative and more collaborative participants in reaching the goal.

They Transform Other Team Members into Leaders

Which brings to my fifth quality of great leaders: they transform individual team members into people with leadership qualities who can take on greater responsibilty and begin leading key aspects of a project, business or initiative.

Mary Parker-Follett, who was a pioneer in organizational theory and behavior, once said that, “The most essential work of the leader is to create more leaders.”

The world is getting ever more complicated. As a leader, you’ll face increasing levels of uncertainty and complexity—that’s just how the world works. You can’t possibly know or control everything. So one way to overcome this is to coach your people to take a leadership role in their part of the project.

Growing people is something we in the transformational and human potential field have been doing for decades.

Over the past few years, I’ve worked with a number of emerging leaders to hone their skills and give them the tools and training they need to transform team members into smart, motivated, responsible and forward-thinking people who are focused and driven to achieve goals in their organization.

Learn How to Train Others Great Leadership Traits

For 40 years, I’ve been refining something we call The Canfield Methodology – a combination of personal transformation exercises and success skills that we’ve brought to literally millions of people in 108 countries. I’m now helping to develop the next generation of conscious leaders who are skilled not just at meeting organizational goals, but also at growing the next wave of leaders and innovators for their organization.