Jack Canfield’s ‘The Success Principles 10 Day Transformation’. Day 1

So my life is an emotional roller-coaster of negativity at the moment. Not knowing where to turn or what to do about it, I was sitting in a cafe today, and on my phone (yes, I was sitting staring at my phone along with everyone else), up popped Jack’s Success Principles ad for ‘How to Meditate’ on a Facebook page.

I don’t believe in coincidences, or random, meaningless events. Everything happens for a reason. I am big on meditation, but lack motivation and have never really gotten as much out of it as I should. I need a push. Jack’s free 10-day programme is going to be my push.

Here, over the next 10 days, I will report back on how it all goes. But why am I posting this here? Because there are a lot of people out there working with this process, and processes just like it. People who have stories to tell and experiences to relate, advice to give. And maybe it will inspire you also, to give this, or a programme just like it, a go.

Day 1 – today. I have to download the free 96-page excerpt from his book ‘The Success Principles’, read the foreword and the introduction and make a list of the five things I would like to change in my life over the next year.

I don’t own a copy of ‘The Success Principles’ (yet), but it seems to me that it boils down all of the life-improvement strategies, that I have read in countless books over the years. So maybe there is nothing new here, but even so, it’s a programme worth giving a shot, and sticking to it this time.

“You may feel frustration at not knowing about all of this earlier, anger at your parents and teachers for not teaching you these important concepts at home and at school, or anger at yourself for having already learned many of these things and not having acted on them. Just take a deep breath and realize that this is all part of the process of your journey. Everything in the past has actually been perfect. Everything in your past has led you to this transformative moment in time. Everyone—including you—has always done the best they could with what they knew at the time. Now you are about to know more. Celebrate your new awareness! It is about to set you free.” page xxiv – Jack Canfield, ‘The Principles of Success’.

This is my list (“What 5 things would you like to change in your life over the next 12 months?”):

  1. Be in a successful and loving relationship.
  2. Be living back in the UK a lot more, in a bigger house.
  3. Get my second book, a novel, published (my first book is here: Reiki Jin Kei Do: The Way of Compassion & Wisdom).
  4. To be making a living from teaching others how to improve their lives and developing themselves spiritually.
  5. To be a successful freelance writer, with a regular magazine column in a UK magazine, along with being published in various other magazines and journals around the world.

Okay that is my list of five top things. I could add more to that. I am an artist as well as a writer and would love to add that to the list, but let’s follow the rules and stick to five.

That’s basically the work from Jack’s course done for today, but I am going to tie in some meditation from the Silva UltraMind system, because it’s a great addition to Jack’s work, and meditation, which is where this blog post started, is so integral to a success programme.

I’ll be back with another post tomorrow, I hope.



About Steve Gooch

Steve Gooch was born in March 1962 in Rugby, Warwickshire in England and grew up there with his two brothers and sister. He moved to Corsham in Wiltshire and attended Bath Academy of Art, where he studied sculpture and printmaking, before going on to work on projects for the artists Joe Tilson and Nick Pope. He also helped with the publication of a limited edition folio of Paul Eluard’s poetry. Steve moved to London to study for a postgraduate teaching certificate and then worked as a teacher of art in the UK. He gained his MA in Education with the Open University and also studied the discipline of Reiki with his Reiki teachers in Newcastle upon Tyne. His daughter Marianne was born in 1994. For a period of time, Steve devoted himself to teaching Reiki in his hometown of Rugby, before moving to Egypt, where he resumed his career as an art teacher, becoming the Head of Art in a prestigious British International School in Cairo. He continued to teach Reiki, introducing the discipline for the first time to Egypt. He also wrote extensively on the subject for various Egyptian English-language magazines. Returning to the UK, Steve’s son Sam was born in 2004. Not wanting to go back into the teaching profession, Steve took a job as a chef in a vegetarian restaurant and wrote his first book ‘Reiki Jin Kei Do: The Way of Compassion & Wisdom’. It was the world’s first book on that particular tradition of Reiki and is still considered to be the standard reference work on the subject. Steve them moved to Sudan, where he was again Head of Art at the prestigious Unity High School, and built an online living history for the school, called 'The Unity High School Archive'. It was in the process of building this archive that Steve uncovered a major scandal involving senior members of the Anglican Church, local dignitaries, and members of the faith communities. As a consequence, he got to know the head of the Secret Police in Khartoum quite well and then promptly left the country. Steve moved back to Egypt and took up a post as Head of Art in a school in Alexandria. Very much involved in the Reiki community in the UK, however, he founded the national organisation ‘Reiki Jin Kei Do UK’ and became the editor of ‘Focus: The Journal of Reiki Jin Kei Do UK’, and then set up the global ‘Reiki Jin Kei Do International’. He also set up the global video-arts project '12seconds for Peace'. The concept grabbed the attention of a number of big names in the peace movement, including Nobel Peace Prize nominees, and threatened to go viral. Circumstances (revolutions and social unrest) put it on the back-burner. Likewise, a major peace initiative called the 'Global Concert for Peace', scheduled for the summer of 2013, which would have been the world's biggest musical event, also went on the back-burner. Steve moved to Saudi Arabia for a little over a year in 2014, before returning to Egypt to take up a senior management position in another British International School in Cairo. Finally, after a year of professional purgatory in which he realised that there is no such thing as a good British International School in Egypt, he decided ‘enough is enough’ and quit the teaching profession for good to focus on his writing, art and Reiki classes. He is currently living in Cairo and writing ‘The Temple of the Djinn’, which is loosely based on the events that he uncovered during his time in Sudan. He is also teaching Reiki and working freelance for a variety of Egyptian magazines. He misses the UK and is looking forward to spending more time in his home country with his children. He'd also like to find time to paint and make sculpture.
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