Thursday, August 9, 2012

Creating Success from the Inside Out

Last month, Lisa from Merry Alchemy spoke about taking 100% responsibility for our lives, this month she continues sharing success principles with starting from within.  

Deciding What You Want is the third principle that Jack Canfield discusses in his inspirational book, Success Principles. In order to get from where you are now to achieving your dreams, you need to know where you want to be, what you want to have, and what you want to be doing when you get there.

First, though, you need to believe that what you want is important and not something to be sacrificed for others. When you are working towards what you most desire, you are being true to yourself and true to what the universe has in store for you. This is a point that Becky brought up in her Signposts and Guides for the Creative Life last month – not letting outside forces determine your way.

Now write it down! Canfield instructs his readers to write an “I Want” list of 30 things you want to do, 30 things you want to have, and 30 things you want to be in your life. Don’t limit yourself because you don’t think something is possible or you’re not sure how you’ll get there. Once you’ve made your lists, visualize and record a detailed description of your ideal life. Be sure to include all facets of your life like work, hobbies, finances, health, relationships, community or service to others, and other things that are important to you. Imagine it as if you are actually there already, including how it makes you feel.

Next time I’ll talk about how we can use our lists to achieve our desires through goal-setting and visualization.

Some of the things I put on my list: I want to get married, work full time as a jewelry designer, balance my chakras, be healthy and fit, learn how to relax, and own a villa in Tuscany! In my visualization, I feel content and at peace, proud of my accomplishments, elated, and less fearful.

What are some of the things you put on your lists? In your vision of having achieved those things, what were the emotions you experienced?


  1. Thanks, Marylin. On my list right now is improving the management of realizing my goals and the needs and demands of my friends and loved ones. I like the point of our goals being something we are willing to sacrafice for others. Women get that so turned around.

  2. Those sound like great lists to make! I'll give it a try!

  3. This is a great start... I'll be keeping my list somewhere where I can check it often. Thanks for this article and can't wait to see more.

  4. Thanks ladies! Jess has the right idea - keep the list nearby and reread it often.