If You Can Imagine It, You Can Make It Happen. Here’s How...

a lady uses visualization to imagine and manifest her reality Did you know that you have a powerful “secret weapon” inside you that you can use to achieve any goal you can imagine?

It’s true! This weapon is your MINDSET. When you activate its unlimited power and truly believe that you are capable of achieving your dreams, you will. It’s just that simple.

But cultivating a success-oriented mindset can be challenging – especially if you’ve suffered setbacks in life or have been surrounded by negative people who attack your self-worth or self-esteem. Today I’m going to show you how to overcome these roadblocks – with five powerful techniques to help you create a positive mindset that will empower you to achieve anything you want in life.

1.  Meditate daily

When it comes to cultivating a success mindset, meditation is the most powerful tool at your disposal. It allows you to separate yourself from your thoughts so you can gain more insight into them and steer them in a more positive direction.

I recommend you set aside at least 10 minutes every morning to meditate. You can use a guided visualization or simply sit in awareness, observing your thoughts and then letting them go without becoming attached to them. If you don't already practice meditation, I invite you to learn how to meditate here. (If you’re new to meditation you might also find my How to Meditate PDF Guide helpful.

(If you’re new to meditation you might also find my How to Meditate PDF Guide helpful. Click here to learn more.)

2.  Control your self-talk

Researchers have found that the average person thinks as many as 50,000 thoughts a day. Sadly, many of those thoughts are negative:

  • I’m not management material
  • I’ll never lose weight
  • I’m not smart enough
  • I don’t have the right education or experience
  • If I open my mouth, I’ll say something stupid
  • It doesn’t matter what I do, nothing ever works out for me.

This is what psychologists call victim language. Victim language actually keeps you in a victim state of mind. It is a form of self-hypnosis that lulls you into a belief that you are unlovable and incompetent. In order to get what you want from life,

In order to get what you want from life, you need to give up this victim language and start talking to yourself like a winner:

  • I can do it
  • I know there is a solution
  • I am smart enough and strong enough to figure this out
  • I know what I’m talking about
  • Everything I eat helps me maintain my perfect body weight
  • It doesn’t matter if I fail – what matters is that I TRY

Your thoughts determine your actions, which determine your outcomes. That’s why it’s so important for you to think positive thoughts about yourself. Whenever you notice yourself thinking negative thoughts, consciously let them go and replace them with thoughts that are more empowering.

3.  Use positive affirmations

Affirmations are extremely powerful tools for building self-worth and self-confidence. I strongly encourage you to spend a few minutes every day repeating positive statements until they become a natural part of the way you think. Create a list of 10 to 20 statements that affirm your belief in your own worth and your ability to create the life of your dreams. These affirmations will replace the negative thoughts that have infiltrated your self-talk for all these years. Here are some examples:

Create a list of 10 to 20 statements that affirm your belief in your own worth and your ability to create the life of your dreams. These affirmations will replace the negative thoughts that have infiltrated your self-talk for all these years. Here are some examples:

I am worthy of love, joy and success.

I am smart and make wise choices.

I am loveable and capable.

I create anything I want.

I am able to solve any problem that comes my way.

I can handle anything that life hands me.

I have all the energy I need to do everything I want to do.

I am attracting all the right people into my life.

Be sure to use positive affirmations that resonate with who you are and where you’re at right now – as well as the kind of person you want to become, and the life you ultimately want to live.

4.  Act as if

One of the most effective ways to establish a success mindset is to act as if you are already the kind of person who has created the ideal life you want to live. Ask yourself:

Ask yourself: If you had already achieved your dream, what kind of person would you be? Who would you have as friends? What type of clothes would you be wearing? How would you act? How would you treat others? Would you tithe a portion of your income to your church or favorite charities? Would you have more self-confidence? A better attitude? Would you take more time to spend with your loved ones? Would you eat healthier and spend more time exercising? 

Whatever actions you identify, start taking them now. By acting “as if,” you will become the kind of person who is capable of creating the kind of success you want – and this will trigger your subconscious mind to find creative ways to achieve your goals. You will start noticing anything that will help you succeed. Best of all, you will start acting on this opportunities, because you will have the confidence that your efforts will yield great results.

5.  Surround yourself with positive, inspiring people

Finally, one of the best ways to cultivate a positive success mindset is to surround yourself with people who are positive and will cheer you on and inspire you to do your best. 

Look for people who are highly motivated and have already achieved a certain amount of success in their own lives. Not only will they inspire you by example, they will be able to offer advice and support to help you deal with obstacles that they’ve already overcome.

Where can you find such people? One of the best places on Earth would be at my landmark Breakthrough to Success event. The people who attend every year are enthusiastic, growth-focused individuals who are highly motivated to create amazing lives for themselves. And they’ll cheer you on to do the same!

Click here to learn more about this life-changing event.

Believing in yourself is a choice

If you are going to be successful in creating the life of your dreams, you have to believe that you are capable of making it happen. It’s your responsibility to take charge of your own self-concept and your beliefs. You must choose to believe that you can do anything you set your mind to – anything at all. Because the fact of the matter is, you can!  


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  • Sam

    This is a brilliant article and am grateful to have read it. Will write my affirmations this weekend. I do have some rattling around in my head but if not written down then I forget which ones I'm concentrating on and to think about them each day. Thanks again Jack.

  • T. Naomi McBurney

    Great article. I added to my favorites so I can read over and over to remind myself of these awesome tactics. I am overcoming those pesky thoughts and incorrect mindsets. I already started my list of affirmations. Thanks Jack!

  • Reetika Kapoor

    very inspiring article. I will make sure I read it again and again till I start seeing improvement in my actions and habits. Thanks Jack. Please keep writing and sending such encouraging articles. Thanks again.

  • Lakshmi Narayanan Ranganathan

    I always follow your guidance and i bought the tenth anniversary edition of success principles from US-imported and i began to vision a great future for the entire mankind and to uncover the secrets of the realms that we live, may be i can take over your goals one day or other.

  • Zenaida del Mundo

    Thank You, for this inspiring article.

  • Alexa Loa

    Thank you very much Mr. Canfield for this empowering article. Following your advice's was one of the most inspired things I could do for myself, and today I am exactly here I envisioned myself to be after discovering the amazing Law of Attraction.

    • Chu Đình Lành

      Hi, How do you feel when you finish that book: Law of Attraction?

      • Hi, I felt CLARITY, lots of clarity. I actually watched the movie The Secret first and since then my life had a big turn thanks to Abraham-Hicks, Mr.Jack Canfield, Bob Proctor and more. Today I own a website where I write about the Law of Attraction and I think I finally found my purpose in life 🙂

        • That is really great to hear, Alexa. Congratulations on your success!

          • Chu Đình Lành

            Hi there, can you share your view about life to me. I mean the way you see the life and your purpose of life?

        • Chu Đình Lành

          Great. Congratulation. let share me your purpose!

  • Josiah Toin Josia

    Thank you very much Jack for this very inspiring article.I am writing my affirmations and starting to read them every morning and evening as well as meditating.Thank you

    • Excellent, Josiah! I'm excited for you to experience the results of your commitment!

      • Andrew L. McCart

        Hi Jack! I just shared #40, Redefine Time with my Leadership class at Purdue Polytechnic in Indiana. Thanks so much!

  • Razzamuffin

    This is a great article and I enjoyed reading it.

    There is a minor grammatical error on step 4: "Best of all, you will start acting on this opportunities". Replace "this" with "these".