For many years, I struggled with my job and income. Although I worked hard, somehow I didn’t manage to get the salary increment or promotion that I want…
Until I read this book. It helped me change the way I think and significantly improve my life.
Below are my 5 favourite principles I learned from ‘The 25 Principles of Success – by Jack Canfield
Principle 1: Take 100% Responsibility for Your Life.
Blame might be our culture. When something happens not as per our wish, we tend to blame either the parents, the bosses, the clients, the government, the weather, the economy, etc.
But does blaming improve the situation? Definitely NOT.
So in order to be successful, you need to take 100% responsibility for your life. You have to give up all your excuses, or victim stories, or all the reasons why you can’t.
“Don’t just sit there (and complain), do something”
It’s up to you to make the change. The world doesn’t owe you anything. You have to create it.
Principle 4: Believe in Yourself
Believing in yourself is a choice.
‘What others think about you is none of your business’.
Most of the time, nobody’s thinking about you at all. They are too busy worrying about their own lives.
So stop wasting worrying about what other people think about you. It’s better spent on thinking about your goals.
Principles 15: Ask! Ask! Ask!
Asking is one of the most powerful success principles of all.
But, people are afraid to ask. They are afraid of looking needy, looking foolish, and afraid of hearing the word ‘No’.
Here are some quick tips:
1. Ask with positive expectation
2. Assume you can
3. Be clear and specific
4. Don’t give hint. Ask directly
5. Ask repeatedly.
‘You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by asking’
Principle 20: Practice The Rule of Five
When Jack Canfield and partner published their first Chicken Soup for the Soul book, they developed the Rule of Five.
Every day they did five specific things that move towards the goal. For example, had five radio interviews, sent five review copies, called five marketing companies, etc.
They did five things a day, every day for over 2 years.
And eventually, the book sold over 8 million copies in 39 languages.
It worth the effort!
Principles 22: Clean Up Your Messes and Your Incompleteness
When your place in mess, it steals your attention and focus.
At the back of your mind, you feel like something is bordering or take up your thinking space.
Ideas to de-clutter:
1. Promise not kept, not acknowledge
2. Unpaid debts
3. Closets overflowing with clothing never worn
4. Disorganized tax records
5. Junk drawers or stores full of unused items
6. Incomplete car maintenance
7. Filing left undone
8. Desk surface cluttered
9. A car trunk or backseat full of trash
10. Family picture never put into an album