You are the architect of your experience.

Jack Canfield

Jack Canfield

When unexpected events disrupt your plans and throw roadblocks in your life, it can be all too easy to believe that “Fate” is working against you, and that you are a victim of circumstance.

The economy is the reason you’re stuck in a job you don’t love... Facebook is to blame for your failed marketing efforts... family stress is the reason you’re so unhealthy and out of shape... and so on.

But if there’s one thing I’ve learned during my 40-year career as a bestselling author and world-renowned human potential trainer, it’s this: the only power these things have over you is the power YOU give them. Because no matter what the event or situation, it’s your response to it that determines your experience.

So, how do you respond in a way that creates a positive outcome?

Here are 10 of my most powerful success strategies on how to take control over your life and create the experience you most desire – no matter what life throws in your path: 

Take 100% responsibility for your life. Your thoughts and actions determine your reality. It’s time to stop blaming other people and events for your circumstances and reclaim your power. 

Decide what you want. When you are clear on what you truly want in life, you will find it much easier to make your dreams a reality. 

Take action “as if.” Act as if you already are the kind of person who is capable of achieving your goals and dreams – and you will become that person.  

Unleash the power of goal-setting. The best way to make your dreams a reality is to chunk them down into manageable steps and achieve those steps, one by one. It really is that simple. 

Experience your fear & take action anyway. Taking risks can be scary, because they require you to stretch beyond your comfort zone. But that’s where the magic happens! So lean into the experience and trust that it will teach you something valuable.

Use joy as your guidance system. An ideal life is one where your work is fully aligned with your passions. So if you want to tell if a particular path is taking you closer to living that ideal life, pay attention to whether it brings you joy.

Ask for what you want. It’s the best way to make sure you get it. The universe responds to those who are clear on what they want and share their dreams with others.

Reject rejection. Every “no” brings you closer to a “yes.” My first Chicken Soup for the Soul book was rejected 135 times before a publisher accepted it – and I was able to grow that book into a billion-dollar brand! So be grateful for each no, knowing it’s taking you closer to that all-important YES.

Use feedback to your advantage. There are people in your life right now who can give you the advice you need to improve your performance. Ask them to tell you what you need to know.

Practice persistence. Above all, don’t give up! When you are trying to accomplish big goals, obstacles are bound to get in your way. See them as opportunities to learn and grow – because the lessons you learn from them are what you need to know to create the life of your dreams. 

By integrating these 10 success principles into your life, you will gain full control over your life and find it so much easier to create the results you want. You’ll never feel as if life is happening “to” you – because you will be able to influence the outcome and ensure a positive experience every time!

About the Author:

Jack Canfield is an internationally recognized leader in personal development and peak performance strategies. He is the co-creator of the ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ book series, and author of ‘The Success Principles’ and his latest book ‘Success Affirmations: 52 Weeks for Living a Passionate and Purposeful Life’.  Learn more at: