Month: August 2021

Daily Affirmations for Success


Ask any highly successful person how they maintain their motivation and focus to achieve their ambitious goals, and chances are their answer will be, “daily affirmations!”

I have met countless successful business people, Olympic and professional athletes, NY Times bestselling authors, and visionary changemakers who all use daily positive affirmations to stay energized and focused on their goals, no matter what’s happening in the world around them. They have all told me that their daily affirmations practice has had a game-changing impact on their lives.

Today I’d like to teach you how daily affirmations for success actually work and show you how to write affirmations that will make it so much easier for you to achieve your life goals.

I’ll also answer common questions such as:

“What is a daily affirmation?”
“Are morning affirmations better than evening affirmations?”
“How to write affirmations that work?”

… and so much more!

What is a Daily Affirmation?

Simply put, daily affirmations are clear, positive statements that describe your goals as already achieved.

For example, if your goal is to become a bestselling author, your daily affirmation could be something like, “I am so happy and grateful to be holding my NY Times number-one bestseller in my hands!”

Or if your goal is to make $200,000 this year, your affirmation could be “I am so happy and grateful to be celebrating the fact that I reached my financial target of $200,000!”

Sounds simple, right? It is! But it’s also very powerful.

Repeating this kind of positive mantra to yourself every day can have a profound impact on your conscious and unconscious mind.

When you imagine yourself completing a goal, your brain responds in the same way as if you actually HAD completed that goal.

And the dissonance that occurs in your subconscious mind as it tries to reconcile what feels to be true (you have achieved this amazing goal!) with what your brain knows to be true (you actually haven’t achieved that goal yet) – will subconsciously prompt you to resolve that dissonance by taking persistent action toward your goals until your imagined reality becomes your ACTUAL reality.

That’s how powerful affirmations can be – they actually impact the neuroplasticity of your brain and motivate you to become the kind of person who is capable of achieving your goals!

Not only that, recent academic research that shows in high-stress level environments, people who use daily positive affirmations have lower stress levels and consistently experience more success than those who don’t.

So not only do affirmations keep you focused on your goals, but they also eliminate stress as a possible obstacle and allows you to maintain a high level of energy and enthusiasm. This will make it easier for you to stay positive and attract the people and resources you need to make your dreams a reality.

How Do Daily Affirmations Work?

Daily affirmations are to the mind what exercise is to the body.

Repeating powerful affirmations for success can help you eliminate negativity and limiting beliefs that are keeping you trapped in mediocrity and dramatically understand what’s possible, and what you’re truly capable of achieving.

(Spoiler: anything you can imagine!)

Daily positive affirmations help you transform “I can’t” into “I can,” and your fears and doubts into confidence and certainty.

They are your best weapon against defeatist thinking and self-sabotage – and powerful protection against other people’s negativity as well!

Daily Affirmations Activate the Law of Attraction

Affirmations are reminders to your unconscious mind to stay positive and focused on your goals. By cultivating this kind of success-focused mindset, you raise your energetic vibration and are able to attract more high-vibe opportunities, people, and resources into your life, which in turn makes it even easier for you to achieve your goals!

If you’re new to the practice of daily affirmations, this might sound a bit “woo” to you… but the fact is, this is how the universe works. Whether you know it or not, you are always using affirmations in your life! But they’re usually not the kind of affirmations for success that will bring you what you want.

For example, do you ever catch yourself thinking powerful affirmations like:

“I can’t stop eating, I’m addicted to unhealthy food.”
“I am never going to meet somebody I can love.”
“I never catch a break!”
“No matter what I do, I never seem to get ahead.”
“Why does bad stuff always happen to ME?”

These might be negative affirmations – but I assure you, they are powerful.

When we tell ourselves such things repeatedly, they reinforce our negative perception of the world and prompt us to turn those negative thoughts into reality. So our own harshest self-criticism becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy!

We tell ourselves we can’t stop eating. So we don’t.

We tell ourselves we’ll never find someone to love. So we don’t bother looking.

And we tell ourselves that no matter how hard we try, we just can’t catch a break. And so we give up and stop trying.

The fact is, most people are constantly telling themselves such things all the time!

The only way to liberate yourself from such negative (and false) beliefs is to replace them with powerful affirmations for success that inspire you to show up in a more positive and empowering way. Which in turn will get better results in everything you do.

So your self-fulfilling prophesy becomes your own amazing success story!

How to Write Affirmations

Here are my eight guidelines for how to write positive affirmations for success that will make it easier for you to get what you want in life.

  1. Start with the words, “I am.” These are the two most powerful words in the English language
  2. Use the present tense. You want to imagine yourself being in the moment and experiencing the reality of your goal being achieved. This is what will cause the dissonance in your subconscious that will prompt you to take persistent action to make your vision real.
  3. State your daily affirmation in the positive.Affirm what you want, not what you don’t want. (If you can’t understand why, tell yourself NOT to think of pink elephants. What did you just think of? In the same way, if you try to focus on what you don’t want, that’s what you’ll end up attracting into your life.)
  4. Keep it brief.Your daily affirmations should be easy to memorize and repeat. The easier it is to remember and say, the easier it will be to visualize your goals – and the harder your subconscious will work to make it a reality.
  5. Make it specific.Daily affirmations such as, “I am so happy and grateful now that I’ve lost weight,” aren’t nearly as powerful as, “I am so happy and grateful now that I have lost 25 pounds and am wearing my favorite jeans again!” When your affirmation is vague, your vision will be fuzzy as well. Visions that lack clarity are much more difficult to achieve.
  6. Include an action word ending with “–ing.”This allows you to express your affirmation as if you are experiencing it at that very moment. For example, “I am so happy and grateful to be walking across the stage to accept my MBA degree from Wharton University.” The more you can imagine yourself in that moment of walking across that stage, the more powerful your affirmation will be.
  7. Include at least one dynamic emotion or feeling word. I often encourage people to imagine themselves as happy and grateful because happiness and gratitude are powerful positive emotions that will raise your energetic vibration and attract more things that bring joy and gratitude into your life.
  8. Make affirmations for yourself, not others.For example, saying something like, “I am so happy and grateful now that my husband has stopped drinking,” isn’t going to work because there is nothing you can do to change other people’s behavior. Only THEY can change their behavior.

Affirmation Examples

Here are some more examples of powerful affirmations based on the guidelines above:

“I am joyfully driving my new red Porsche Carrera convertible down the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.“

Or if you are more ecologically minded, you can make that a new Tesla.

You can use the following simple formula: “I am so happy and grateful that I am now …” and then fill in the blank.

Some other affirmation examples could be:

“I am so happy and grateful that I am now working in my chosen field, earning $150,000 a year.”

“I am so happy and grateful that I am now celebrating I have achieved my ideal weight of 140 pounds.”

Or how about:

“I am enjoying living in my beautiful beachfront villa on the Ka’anapali coast of Maui or somewhere better.”

That last affirmation is incredibly special to me.

Because it’s an affirmation I started writing for myself way back in 1989, and in 2011, I actually made that vision a reality!

Morning & Nighttime Affirmations

To get the most out of your daily affirmations practice, take 5 to 10 minutes every morning and evening to repeat your daily affirmations – preferably out loud with high energy and enthusiasm. The best time for your morning affirmations is right after you wake up and the best time for your nighttime affirmations is right before you go to bed.

I also encourage you to keep an affirmation journal so you have a dedicated place to write down your affirmations. Keep your affirmation journal on your bedside table so it’s the last thing you read before you go to sleep and the first thing you read when you wake up in the morning.

Action Item: Write 3 Powerful Affirmations for Yourself

To activate the power of affirmations in your life, complete the following activity:
Write down 3 big goals you have for your life. What are three accomplishments you would like to achieve in the next 12 months?

Now here’s how to write affirmations that will help you achieve those goals… record the following in your affirmation journal:

GOAL 1: __

I am so happy now that I am [describe yourself experiencing or celebrating the achievement of that goal].

GOAL 2: __

I am so happy now that I am [describe yourself experiencing or celebrating the achievement of that goal].

GOAL 3: __

I am so happy now that I am [describe yourself experiencing or celebrating the achievement of that goal].

Once you have written your daily affirmations for success, leave your affirmation journal beside your bed, and then be sure to refer to it every morning and evening so you can always make sure your daily affirmations are the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning and the last thing you think of before you go to sleep.

Daily Affirmation FAQs

If you are new to the practice of affirmations, or if you’ve tried it before but weren’t able to stick to it for very long, you may have some questions about how to use affirmations for success in your life and business.

Explore the questions below to see if you can find the answers you’re looking for!

Q: “Morning affirmations vs. evening affirmations – which is better?”

My answer to this question is always, “both!”

It only takes a few minutes to read and repeat your daily affirmations. So unless your life is so incredibly busy that you simply can’t spare three minutes first thing in the morning and last thing at night, then I strongly encourage you to start your day with daily affirmations and end it in the same way.

When your goals are the last thing you think of before you go to sleep, you activate your subconscious to mull over your situation and your challenges and generate ideas and solutions that can help bring you closer to your goals.

And when your goals are the first thing you think of in the morning, you clarify your focus for the day and ensure that other tasks or unexpected developments don’t pull you off track.

Q: How do you write powerful affirmations that WORK?

Daily affirmations work when you work the affirmations!

That means following the 8 steps to writing affirmations that I listed above and fully committing to repeating your affirmations out loud every morning and every evening.

It also means doing the internal work to confirm that the goals you are basing your affirmations on are goals that you truly and deeply want to achieve!

If your affirmations are based on goals you think you should achieve instead of goals you want to achieve, you may find it hard to make any real progress no matter how many times you recite your morning affirmations and evening affirmations.

Q: Do I need a special book for my affirmation journal?

No! Any notebook will do. Although I do encourage you to use one that makes you happy when you look at it. The more positive thoughts and feelings you associate with your affirmations, the more motivated you will be to make your goals a reality.

Q: Which should I focus on – business affirmations or life affirmations?

Again I would say both! It depends on what your goals and your immediate focus for your life are. Which goals are most important for you to achieve first? Which ones will have the greatest possible impact on your life, and make it easier for you to make forward progress in all other areas of your life as well?

For example, if one of your biggest and most immediate goals is to earn enough money to pay your child’s college education, then you would want to focus on business affirmations based on the goal of earning the specific amount of money you need.

Or if one of your big goals is to leave your corporate job and start your own business, you would want to focus on business affirmations that describe you as having already achieved that goal.

On the other hand, if you know that achieving a personal goal – such as losing weight or quitting a sugar or alcohol addiction – is the best thing you can do for your life right now because it will empower you to achieve your professional goals as well, your affirmations should be focused on that.

My List of Positive Feeling Words for Affirmations

Here’s a list of positive feeling words that you may want to use when creating your daily affirmations.

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Additional Affirmation Examples

If you’re finding it hard to get clear on how to choose and articulate your daily affirmations, the list below should spark some ideas.

“I am breathing effortlessly with lungs that are pure and clean.”

“I am celebrating how easily I breathe through strong, healthy lungs.”

“I am joyfully celebrating my graduation from college with a master’s degree.”

“I am effectively delivering my first talk to an audience of over 1,000 people who affirm my message with a standing ovation.”

“I am confidently checking the balance of my bank account as I make a deposit of $1,000,000.”

“I am walking up on stage to receive my first Emmy award and receiving a roar of applause.”

“I am celebrating feeling light and alive at my perfect bodyweight of one thirty-five.”

“I am enjoying the thrill of flying.”

“I am attracting joy into my life.”

“I am confidently expressing myself openly and honestly.”

“I am feeling exhilarated, agile, and alive.”

“I am effectively communicating my needs and desires to my loving partner.”

“I am looking around me at the faces of the people I am helping and I am thrilled to know that I have made a difference in their life.”

“I am feeling relaxed and grateful to be sitting here in Hawaii with my toes buried in the warm sand, feeling the warmth of the sun on my face.”

When you’re satisfied with the wording of your daily affirmation, start using it every morning and evening. Regular repetition will gently return your focus to manifesting the life of your dreams.

Daily Affirmations Are Just the Beginning…

Daily positive affirmations are a powerful first step toward developing a success-focused mindset that empowers you to achieve your goals in life.

But if you want to awaken your full subconscious potential and make your most ambitious dreams a reality, you need more than daily affirmations.

You need deep clarity around your purpose and the kind of life you want to create. You need to be able to identify the goals that will help you create that desired life. And you need the wisdom and insight of those who have walked that path before you to help you avoid obstacles and overcome any challenges that might arise on your journey.

That’s why I created my powerful Awakening Success home study program.

This powerful program gives you the tools, training, and inspiration you need to cultivate a success-focused mindset and achieve a big goal in your life in as little as 30 days!

Are you ready to awaken your own infinite potential for success?


As the beloved originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, Jack Canfield fostered the emergence of inspirational anthologies as a genre—and watched it grow to a billion dollar market. As the driving force behind the development and delivery of over 100 million books sold through the Chicken Soup for the Soul® franchise, Jack Canfield is uniquely qualified to talk about success. Jack is America’s #1 Success Coach and wrote the life-changing book The Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be and Jack speaks around the world on this subject. Check out his newest book The 30-Day Sobriety Solution: How to Cut Back or Quit Drinking in the Privacy of Your Own Home. Follow Jack at www.jackcanfield.com and sign up for his free resources today!

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Heart Wisdom – Ep. 131 – Heart of an Impeccable Warrior

Real courage is the courage of the heart… It’s the courage to investigate, to look, to see really honestly what’s true inside ourselves.

One of the wonderful things about practice is each moment, in each thing we do in our life, is a new opportunity to be mindful, to be complete, to be whole. It’s never too late, and it’s never lost. It’s just now, again.

 

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Turn Your Alarm Clock into a Positive Trigger


You can wake up first thing in the morning with excitement. You can hear that alarm, get up, and your mind is already sharp. But in order to do so, you need to do a few things first. This article will show you how.

Put Your Alarm Across The Room

This is environment design. You need to set up the situation to make the desired result happen. It’s also a forcing function — the fact that the alarm is across the room or in some different room literally forces you out of bed to turn it off.

I know there’s a lot of talk about circadian rhythms and not disrupting sleep cycles — but I don’t buy it. Instead, I buy the fact that you can wake up and get energized if you want to and believe you need to. And if you sleep over seven hours per night, you’re doing great.

Re-Set Your Routine Based On Your Current Goals

Every routine gets stale overtime. The point of a routine is to trigger a flow state so you can create massive progress. However, what got you here won’t get you there. Just because one routine or “process” helped you in the past doesn’t mean it will help you now.

For example, I recently started running first thing in the morning. For over three years, I woke up, drove to the gym, journaled outside the gym while my pre-workout set in, worked out, then wrote articles. That routine helped me go from broke grad student to professional author and successful entrepreneur. But that routine and the effects of it don’t resonate with who I am now, or who I want to become in the future. What got me here won’t get me there.

Have Very Specific Goals

If you don’t have specific goals, you are unlikely to turn your alarm clock into a positive emotional trigger. In fact, without clear goals, you will have a hard time creating motivation, happiness, hope, or a flow state. You need very specific and time-bound goals.

Psychologists are now coming to believe that “consciousness” is really about projecting or imagining different “futures.” Human beings are drawn toward the future. But if you don’t take ownership over your own future, then you can’t have motivation or confidence. Owning your future, and watching yourself create the life you want is how you build confidence. It’s how you find joy in life. It’s how you change your external world to match your internal desires.

Gamify Your Goals

Gamification is a psychological tool to create motivation. You gamify something by “turning it into a game.” All high-performers turn their craft into a game. The best marketing companies turn their campaigns into games. You see this when there are special rewards for doing various things.

Given that my current goal is getting into marathon shape and getting from 176 pounds to 165 pounds, I’ve gamified it. I told my kids that if I get down to 165 pounds by January 1st, that I’ll give each of them $100. Initially, I was going to “owe” them $100 if I didn’t hit my goal, but it didn’t make sense for them to be rooting against me. If I don’t hit the goal, I’ve got to buy my wife something she’d never get for herself up to $600.

Gamification means you’ve turned it into a game. You’ve turned it into a “quest.” Games and quests have different levels and challenges. There is a finish-line. My finish line is the Marathon I’ve already signed up and paid for.

Games aren’t hidden, but public. You’re not hiding anything. I use the Strava app every day to track and report my progress. If you’re not tracking and reporting your progress daily, then you don’t have real goals. Real goals require real accountability. If you’re serious about something, you’ll want all of the accountability and support you can get. You’ll embed several “forcing functions” to ensure you succeed, because you’re not Superman. You can self-sabotage. So rather than being inconsistent, you’ve designed your environment and situation to ensure you succeed.

Set Yourself Up The Night Before

It takes me 17 minutes to wake up, get myself ready, hydrate, and start running if I haven’t set myself up the night before. It takes four minutes from the moment my alarm goes off to me running if I have set myself up the night before.

Setting yourself up the night before does many important things psychologically. It tells yourself you’re serious about this and committed. It creates positive anticipation, which is a powerful psychological trigger. It also removes decision fatigue, because when your alarm goes-off, you’ve already made the decision the night before.

In my case — all I have to do when I’ve set myself up is walk to the closet, throw on the clothes that are already set-out, grab the drink that is right next to the clothes, and throw on the headphones right next to the drink, and go. Boom, boom, boom. This process of getting up, following-through, and immediately getting going builds the confidence and deepens the flow-state.

The Faster You Start Your First Activity, The Better

The philosopher Cato said, “He who hesitates is lost.” If you wake up first thing in the morning and drag around a little bit, your brain will remain fuzzy longer than it needs to.

How you spend the first few moments of your morning sends a powerful signal to your subconscious about how the rest of the day will go. If you wake up and immediately get going on a task, your brain will activate very quickly.

The longer it takes to get started on your first task, the harder it will be to get into flow. Wake up and get started on whatever first activity is most important for your own morning routine.

Change Your Environment

Changing your environment heightens your mental awareness and triggers flow. Going outside or into a different rooms wakes you up. You can also design triggers for entering various environments.

Have Weekly Goals

Try to squeeze as much juice out of each week as you can. Creating productive weeks will change your life. You do this by designing your week and your days to be successful.

Rate your days 0/10 to 10/10. In order to get a 10/10, you don’t need to be perfect, but you do need to have started and ended strong. You need to have avoided your most common self-sabotage. You need to have completed or made progress on your most important goals. And definitely, been present in the key areas of your life.

Power Moves (Bonus)

When you orient your life toward your desired future self, and when you set your mornings up for success — you’ll start to immediately get clarity for what needs to improve in your life.

Since I started running in the morning, I’ve already made some important changes I’ve been procrastinating. For example, there were two business decisions I’ve been letting sit on the back-burner. Leaving things unfinished on the “back-burner” is how you dull your mind and kill your confidence. Being in a state of proactive and powerful decision is how you create results.

This week, I sent two texts I’ve been procrastinating that will save me almost $30,000! I was scared to send those texts. But once I sent them, it was like I overcame a personal mountain. My standards are improving. I’m overcoming bad habits. I’m committing to the identity of my future self.

You can do the same. What are some powerful moves you could make that you’ve been scared of? What’s been on the “back-burner”?

Conclusion

Turn your alarm clock into a trigger. That trigger can immediately create feelings of excitement. You can wake up excited. You can wake up with energy. You can wake up set-up for success. Within five minutes, you can already be doing something amazing with your day.

Wake up and get going. This is how you create a highly productive and powerful day.


Dr. Benjamin Hardy is an organizational psychologist and bestselling author of Willpower Doesn’t Work. His blogs have been read by over 100 million people and are featured on Forbes, Fortune, CNBC, Cheddar, Big Think, and many others. He is a regular contributor to Inc. and Psychology Today and from 2015-2018, he was the #1 writer, in the world, on Medium.com. He and his wife Lauren adopted three children through the foster system in February 2018 and, one month later, Lauren became pregnant with twins, who were born in December of 2018. They live in Orlando.

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Change Your Future to Rewrite the Past


People think that only the future can be changed, but in fact, the future is continually changing the past. The past can and does change. It’s exquisitely sensitive and delicately balanced.” -Keiichiro Hirano, At the End of the Matinee 

When we think about time, we tend to divide it into three dimensions: past, present, future. We also tend to accept certain beliefs about each dimension without much questioning.

The present time is the “here and now.” It’s what’s currently happening. The future, alternatively, is what will happen. It’s what will come to be.

In both of these dimensions, there are many possibilities. We could do all sorts of things right now, and we can make all kinds of choices in the future. (Ignore, at least for the moment, the debate over whether we really have free will.)

Unlike the present and the future, the past is locked in … right? Short of inventing the elusive time machine, there’s not much we can do to change the past. We simply have to accept it and move on. Or do we?

Here’s the concept: the way we experience the future affects our recording of the past. In some cases, what happens in the future can actually change the past.

The past lives on in our memories, and these memories are notoriously unreliable. We might exaggerate our successes or magnify our failures out of proportion. These tendencies are not mutually exclusive: we might do both at the same time!

There are at least three ways the future can change the past. I suspect you’ll relate to one of them, if not all three.

1. The Effect of New Experience

Think back on a time in which you really wanted something and didn’t get it. You wanted to gain the acceptance or approval of someone. You wanted a relationship to succeed. You wanted to be offered a job or admission to an elite program. Whatever it is, you wanted it badly, even desperately—and you didn’t get it.

When you failed to achieve your goal, you experienced feelings of despair. For a long time afterwards, it hurt to think about it. You wondered if you should have tried harder or done something differently. (We’ve all been there!)

As painful as it was, however, you eventually reached a turning point. Something else came along that wouldn’t have been possible in the alternative universe you so desired—yet, clearly, this new thing turned out to be much better.

Looking back later, you see the original situation in a whole different light. Now you understand that instead of that situation serving as a low point of your life, something you always wish had turned out differently, it’s taken on another role entirely: the time you didn’t get what you wanted, thank God.

Just think about that. The thing you most wanted was the very thing you didn’t need.

This isn’t simply a matter of interpretation. In these situations, the past is literally different because of something that took place … in the future.

2. The Effect of New Information

Now imagine that your family takes a DNA test, and you discover that your dad is not your biological father. This actually happened to a close friend of mine when she was thirty years old. Her whole family learned the results at the same time! She told me afterwards that it felt like a bad soap opera plot, except it was happening in her mom’s living room.

Does this new information change the past? Well, whether you think it should or shouldn’t, it does.

In the case with my friend, the disclosure created years of turmoil within her family. If they hadn’t taken the test, the family dynamics and sense of shared history (regardless of its accuracy) would have endured.

You could argue that new information shouldn’t have so much power. My friend’s family was happy, or at least stable, before learning that a secret had been held for more than thirty years. Why shouldn’t everyone just accept that “something is different, but most things are still the same?”

As I said, whether or not they should or shouldn’t is irrelevant. The status quo was an impossible outcome: the family could no longer see the past the same way ever again. Substantial new information changes the past.

3. The Weight of Major Events

Finally, imagine that a major event takes place in your life. It could be either positive or negative, but let’s go with positive: you win the lottery. It’s a really big lottery, one of those that makes headlines and provides you with a dizzying amount of money.

The week before you won the lottery, you’d missed a credit card payment. The missed payment had been lingering in the back of your mind, making you feel anxious whenever it surfaced.

Now, as a $100 million lottery winner, what do you think about that missed payment? Chances are, you don’t think much about it at all!

Whatever guilt you had over it would be eliminated as you cheerfully went to pay off the entire balance. Your internal narrative would shift.

BeforeThis credit card bill is really bothering me. I feel embarrassed and ashamed.

AfterRemember that time I missed a payment right before I won the lottery? What a difference a day makes!

You might even skip the analysis altogether, in which case the past would effectively be erased. Lots of other things about your life would be changing as well, and credit card bills would no longer be on your mind.

When a major event occurs, the shift in the past can be sudden and total. Situations in your past that bothered you before now seem much farther off in the distance. They are far less relevant to your life now.

Better Than a Time Machine?

Think of time travel by changing the future as a tool you can use in dealing with time anxiety. It doesn’t work all the time—just consider the classic quote, “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail”—but sometimes it’s a lifesaver.

We want so much to go back and change things that happened long ago, or even something that happened yesterday. But the way we remember the past is greatly influenced by what we do in the future.

The next time someone says “You can’t change the past,” you’ll know better. You’re changing the past every day! The past also changes on its own, merely through the passage of time and events outside your control.

By taking control of your future—and by paying close attention—you’ll notice that the past is fluid and subject to change.


Chris Guillebeau is the New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness of Pursuit, The $100 Startup, and other books. During a lifetime of self-employment, he visited every country in the world (193 in total) before his 35th birthday. Every summer in Portland, Oregon he hosts the World Domination Summit, a gathering of creative, remarkable people. His new book, Born for This, will help you find the work you were meant to do. Connect with Chris on Twitter, on his blog, or at your choice of worldwide airline lounge.

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