The Success Principles Chapter 1:Take 100% Responsibility for your Life

Chapter 1 of Jack Canfield’s book The Success Principle is all about taking 100% responsibility for you life.

Phew full on! Yes it is! A great chapter. However, not for the faint hearted, depending on ‘where you’re at’ in life, this maybe a confronting read.

What does taking 100% responsibility for your life actually mean to you?

Is this something that you respond with ‘well yes of course’ or ‘well he or she or they did this that or the other to you?’?

I don’t believe questions like these are always so black and white. We are evolving beings and I know some days are great and some days aren’t so great. I understand the reality. However, a sobering comment in this chapter is:

“You either have what you want or you don’t. It’s that simple. Results don’t lie!’

So do you have what you want in life?

Do you have what you want in every area of your life?

A beginning point is to:

In a nutshell , ‘you have to give up all excuses’.

Reading this chapter, I recommend you:

  • Commit to reading the whole chapter in one session
  • Take a break to consider it and then
  • Go back another time and take in one section at your own pace.

Then consider reading this chapter in the context of thinking about the following areas of your life:

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Business/Career
  • Personal life and
  • Wealth Creation

So what now?

You have faced the music, you have admitted there is an aspect of your life you are not taking 100% responsibility. You know there is room for improvement. So what happens next?

You keep reading the book. Well yes that is a great idea but for the purposes of this article. I would recommend taking an inventory of your life. Begin with what you love, what is great and what you appreciate, value and enjoy. If you allow yourself to do this, it can be a wonderful celebration of what you do already have in your life. Expressing gratitude is very powerful. Something I don’t think we do enough. So write it out. Then read it all out loud. Everything that is great, good, wonderful, grand, nice and positive in your life. Do not move on to the next part until you have expressed the positive aspects of your life currently. And there will be many. Sometimes on a bad day we find it harder to focus on the joys. But they are always, always there. Just make sure you are in the moment enough to recognise them.

Next, confront what you are not satisfied with. Write down what it is you would like to change or improve. Then as Louise Hay would suggest ‘take your list of things that are wrong with you and turn them into positive affirmations. Or you can list all the changes you want to make and have and do. Then select three from this list and turn them into positive affirmations.’ quote from This is a powerful way to confront what you wish to change but also to lovingly accept yourself as you are. After all, you are doing the very best you can at this moment. Then you can create a practical plan to map out how you are going to make changes in your life. Be kind to yourself however also remember to take 100% Responsibility for your Life.

Make sure you have your own copy of the book, The Success Principles to complete the practical exercises included:


Do share your thoughts and what this topic has raised or highlighted for you in the comment section below.


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2 Replies to “The Success Principles Chapter 1:Take 100% Responsibility for your Life”

  1. Fieur, thank you for such a wonderful post. I believe in always reminding myself of what I have that I am thankful for in life and what I need to improve in order to make something that isn’t so good in my life ( I hope that made sense). But I think the suggestions you have given would work so much better as I tend to Over fill my plate so to speak. Meaning I try to work on improving to many things at once.
    Than you, this will be quiet helpful.
    Are there any other books that you would recommend?
    Lee Ann

    1. Thanks so much for your comment and sharing your experiences. Yes over filling ones plate is something I think we all do much too often. This is something I am always reviewing myself. I am about to put up a summary for another book I recommend which is focused on wealth creation called ‘The Barefoot Investor’ by Scott Pape and I also refer to Roger Hamilton’s ‘The Millionaire Master Plan’ regularly. I will share a review on this one too in the not too distant future. Thanks again for stopping by.

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