by Jan Shoop
This post is part one of a two-part series about a book I purchased in 2007 titled, The Success Principles. The book was written by Jack Canfield. Part one is about how I came to purchase the book, and part two is about what happened when I followed the strategies in the book.
In December 2007, I found myself standing in a Kinkos store waiting for some printing. The printing was taking awhile, and I had nothing to do, when I noticed a display of books. I walked over and started looking through the books. The first book I picked up was, The Success Principles. I looked through the book and sat it back down. I looked at the other books. Then picked up the Jack Canfield book again, looked through it some more and sat it back on the rack.
The Success Principles looked like a great book with lots of ideas on staying organized and setting goals. However, I really didn’t need another book on goal setting, and I definitely wasn’t going to buy a book at a Kinkos. Everyone knows you buy books at bookstores or on Amazon.
My printing was done. I paid and started to leave, then hesitated, went back and picked up The Success Principles again.
I kept thinking, “Why does this book keep jumping in my hand? I don’t need another motivational book.” But then, I found myself paying for the book and walking out the door with my printing and a new book.
I spent the entire Christmas holiday reading and rereading The Success Principles.
Here’s a photo of my book.
The Success Principles has chapters titled, “Unleash the Power of Goal-Setting, Chunk It Down and Keep Your Eye on the Prize.” At the beginning of the book is a quote that I love, “If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” Thomas Edison.
I created a goals book and listed the 30 things I wanted to do, have and be before I die. I made goal cards and task lists.