Jack Canfield’s ‘The Success Principles 10 Day Transformation’. Day 2

Day two of my experiment with Jack Canfield’s ‘The Success Principles Transformation’ programme. I just got the email from Jack and there is a video to watch. But he asks a question first:

What would you say is the #1 thing that’s holding you back from achieving your biggest goals and desires?

  • An unsupportive boss or coworker?
  • The economy?
  • Your spouse?
  • Your health?
  • A lack of time, resources, skills or knowledge?

So before I watch the video, here is my answer to Jack’s question:

The thing that I feel is holding me back, is my own fear of failure when the going gets tough. It is self-doubt. It’s giving up when the going gets tough, instead of persevering against the odds. 

Okay, let’s see what Jack has to say.

Day 2. It’s time to take responsibility for my own life. I can’t argue with that. It’s me all along. At least I have the ability to self-reflect enough to have figured that out. Well done me. So my first step is to read Chapter 1 of Jack’s ‘Success Principles’ book: Take 100% Responsibility for your Life.

“Everything you experience in life—both internally and externally—is the result of how you have responded to a previous event.

Event: You are given a $400 bonus.

Response: You spend it on a night on the town with friends.

Outcome: You are broke.

Event: You are given a $400 bonus.

Response: You invest it in your mutual fund.

Outcome: You have an increased net worth.

You have control over only three things in your life—the thoughts you think, the images you visualize, and the actions you take (your behavior). How you use these three things determines everything you experience.” page 9 – Jack Canfield, ‘The Principles of Success’.

There’s a worksheet to go through today.


Task 1 is to fill in column one with the targets and goals I set yesterday. These are:

  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.

Task 2 is to fill in column two with all the excuses I make for not achieving the above. So one at a time, being as honest with myself as I can.

Task 3 is to write down all the ways in which I have played a role in creating the situation that I’m in.

Task 4 is to list the ways that I could fix the problem.

So I have done all of that and identified three things that I can do this week to get the ball rolling. Firstly to make a dedicated time slot for my novel writing, that is inviolable, secondly to look for some work, even if part time back in the UK and thirdly to get the article written this week that I promised to write for Identity magazine.

So I have my goals for this week. And that exercise gives me enough time for the rest of today, to get on with the third of those targets.

I will be back tomorrow with Day 3 of Jack’s programme.



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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