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Using The Success Principles During Challenging Times; Jack Canfield

April 24, 2020

Jack Canfield is well-known for one of the most successful series of books of all time, The Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Although I would call him a mindset expert, he didn’t grow up around a self-help mentality. His mother was an alcoholic and his father was a workaholic. Later, through his determination, Jack became familiar with certain principles of success that he used in the late 1980s to create the Chicken Soup For the Soul series, even after being turned down by 144 publishers. Jack shares the same principles of success that he used to succeed back in the ‘80s, in his book, The Success Principles: How To Get From Where You Are to Where You Want To Be. Now Jack’s most recent book, The Success Principles Workbook, is available as a powerful companion guide to the original publication.

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Effect on Emotions

  • It's kept me much more calm and much more neutral. Sometimes people think I don't have any feelings.
  • The truth is, I've learned that most of my feelings come from thoughts and if I'm aware of the thoughts and can deal with them at that level, then I don't have to have the emotional outbursts.
  • I still cry when I see cats and skunks playing together on YouTube. I love interspecies things and I cry at movies. I don't cry so much about loss. I cry more at the joy of beauty and love.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • I do breathing exercises as part of my yoga and my meditation practices in the morning.
  • My wife and I just spent a month in India; the whole month of February. We had a private yoga instructor who started with 30 minutes of breathing exercises and then 30 minutes of yoga.
  • I studied Kundalini Yoga with a yoga teacher back in my '30s [and learned] to do that breath of fire real fast.

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Bullying Story

  • My dad was an alcoholic and he got violent when he got drunk he would rage and if I wasn't careful I would get beaten, so I would literally hide inside the radio.
  • I would wait till he went to bed so he couldn't find me because he was violent. So I got bullied by him. He was a verbal bully as well as a physical bully.
  • I got bullied as a kid too [in school]. They always teased the new kid that came in and I was the new kid.

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