Since my teenage years I have been a keen fan of personal development books and meditation. Dale Carnegie, Brian Tracey, Jack Canfield and Victor Hansen Chicken soup for the soul series all made a deep impression on my thinking.
I was hungry for spiritual knowledge and read and practiced meditation techniques. I attended the Sufi movement in Cape Town which always made me feel spiritually uplifted. It was not instant Nirvana but I began to notice gradual changes in my thinking and attitude towards life on a more spiritual level.
Meditation played a big part in my spiritual development and combined that with my daily reading of personal development books, I knew intuitively I was heading in the right direction. I had dreams and goals for the future but that brought inner conflict with my beliefs and values around money and spirituality. Could one really have both?
In 2002 I enrolled for a Life Coaching Course at the UK Coaching Academy. I felt charged up when I attended the three day coaching programme at Eynsham Hall Oxfordshire. I was accredited the following year as a Life Coach. I was a student support coach for an outstanding Coaching Company Noble Manhattan who were based in the United Kingdom.
I had the skills to coach clients, clients were getting the results and I was earning passive income while still working full time. I still felt my life was incomplete and I was determined to find the answer.
My First Breakthrough to Success Experience
I was still coaching clients, reading my personal development books and practising meditation, I wouldn’t say I was leading an extraordinary life. I was getting paid for my services and helping clients problem solve and clear up their messes. I was looking for more changes in my own personal life.
A couple of years ago an email sparked my interest. A new self help guru whom I never heard of was appearing in Dublin for a weekend Breakthrough to Success. It was free and the demand for tickets was high. I applied online and was pleasantly surprised when I received two tickets. My wife readily agreed to tag along more so out of curiosity than an interest in personal development.
The Vibes are Electrifying
There must have been about 600 people who attended the seminar in Dublin. The atmosphere was alive and invigorating. The motivational music was on full blast and we were grinning from ear to ear as we took our seats. The music was turned down and a ripple of silence followed row after row as our motivational speaker Christopher Howard stepped from behind the curtain like Houdini the magician.
For the next two days we were split up into groups to talk about our goals and dreams. We worked through our exercises. There were lots of emotional hugs and laughter. I came away from the course feeling more centred and more grounded as a coach. My self belief as an outstanding coach was restored and I continued coaching clients part time while I was still working in the public sector.
My wife raved about Chris, she said he was very charismatic. Chris helped her unblock some negative energy she had with writing. Helena has written two novels now, available on Amazon kindle. She is writing her third one.
What transpired over the weekend was magical and memorable but it did not give me the oomph! I needed. I remember the Secret was released as a film at the time and most of the Motivational Speakers including Jack Canfield, John Demartini and Esther Hicks were relating their experiences on the law of attraction and how it transformed their lives and the lives of others.
The secret sold around 30 million copies globally and was translated into 50 languages. I bought the Secret on DVD . I found myself being pulled into that direction and started reading the Success Principles by Jack Canfield. I started practising the success principles and magical things started to happen.
I had a list of goals I wanted to achieve and one of them was meeting Jack Canfield.
I visualised myself attending his workshop. I put an image of Jack Canfield and the date.
I would attend his one day to Greatness 30 June 2019 Chicago on my vision board. My biggest dream was to attend his Breakthrough to Success in Scottsdale August 2019. I spoke about it often enough.
How it would happen I did not know ? but I knew it was going to happen. All I had to do was believe and visualise. I looked at my vision board in the morning and the evening.
My daughter and son in law had just moved to Scottsdale Arizona after working in Europe. I literally jumped out of my skin when they told us their plan. They were going to fly us over from Ireland to Scottsdale Arizona for two months.
We were booked on ten day trip to the East Coast spending two nights in Chicago attending the One to Greatness event. Celebrate Independence Day in Washington D.C. Spend another two nights in Miami before flying back to Scottsdale. The Success Principles worked.This all took place last year June 2019. There was an even bigger surprise !
As a birthday present my daughter and son in law booked me for the Breakthrough to Success Event in Scottsdale August 2019. Talk about the magic of thinking big! . I never stopped offering gratitude prayers, its now part of my daily ritual.
What I took away from Breakthrough to Success
In a nutshell WOW! I would attend another Breakthrough to Success in a heartbeat. There was so much information. I never felt overloaded or overwhelmed with facts and information. Everyday we had relevant exercises we had to prepare for the next day.
The days were beautifully spaced with interaction from the participants, we felt loved, needed, safe and we could express ourselves without being judged. I gained clarity for my goals and my life’s purpose. I loved the way Jack and his team would greet us at the door. The team were incredibly supportive and catered to our every need.
We also had a few young entrepreneurs attending who had big dreams and goals. They spoke with such positivity and self belief. The audience gave them a two minute standing ovation, which was quite inspiring and emotional. I plan to take my granddaughter to a Breakthrough to Success event when she is seventeen.
It’s almost a year since I attended the Breakthrough to Success. I have had many breakthroughs and success seems to follow success. I lead a happy well balanced life and learning that earning money is a spiritual experience when I am offering a valued service to clients. There are other modules that I wanted to include but it would take another blog post.
Here are some of the modules that stuck in my mind and I use with my clients.
Success Principle #1:
Take 100% Responsibility for Your Life” is fundamental to creating a successful life. It is the core principle on which everything else is based and should be introduced first. It is designed to get people out of blaming and complaining and into consciously creating the life they desire.
Success Principle #2:
Be Clear Why You’re Here” is one of the core principles for success. Everything else
stems from getting in touch with that which we are put on this earth to do, our Life Purpose. This module is designed to help your participants tap into what brings them the most joy and passion, which can give them, clues to their life purpose.
This module is grounded in the idea that we all have a life purpose and when we align our choices and actions with our life purpose, things become easier and we experience more success, fulfillment and joy.
“Success Principle # 28:
Clean up your Messes and Incompletes” is intended to help participants understand
that they may be tolerating certain things in their life that can keep them from achieving their goals and ultimate vision.
It will increase awareness of how tolerating little things can get in the way of the accomplishing bigger things. This process helped me and my clients streamline their life, free up time and energy (mental and physical), to create more time to focus on goals and their ultimate vision.
The Hug Process
This exercise creates a fun demonstration of the power of touch. It engages participants while giving them a sense that this is a safe environment. It also teaches them the most nurturing ways to give and receive a hug. We all went around the room using the proper hugging method. Lots tissues were at hand. I got a hug from Jack and it felt like a got a proper hug from my late father.
The Mirror Exercise
The mirror exercise is one of the simplest and most powerful self-esteem and self-confidence building exercises in the world. Its purpose is to replace the normal negative self-talk that dominates our thoughts with positive, self-affirming self-talk.
I had a big problem looking into the mirror and saying – I love You Richard. It took a awhile to get used to seeing myself in the mirror. I am quite comfortable doing this exercise every night. It really boost confidence and self esteem. It is an exercise that should be performed every night for 40 days.
Come As You Will Be Party
This was my highlight of the course and I feel as if I have achieved my goals. The purpose of the “Come As You Will Be Party” is to create an emotionally charged experience for
participants of what it will be like when they have “made it”—when they have achieved their dreams.
When you spend an entire evening living the lifestyle you want and deserve, sharing that lifestyle with friends, and thinking back on your journey to success, you lay down powerful blueprints in your subconscious mind that will later support you in achieving success.
Once “programmed” with these emotional and physiological “highs,” your brain will begin perceiving opportunities, creating powerful solutions, attracting the right people
I arrived as who I will be 5 years from now. Dressed in my very best. Spoke only in the present tense the entire evening, as if it were already 5 years from now, all my goals had been achieved, and all my dreams had already come true.
I brought props to show everyone what I had achieved in the years between, such as bestselling books I had written, magazine covers I had been on, awards I won, and photographs or scrapbooks of my achievements.
Throughout the evening, I had the opportunity to applaud others in their achievements and to receive congratulations, and taking the necessary actions to achieve their dreams and goals. That was a night to remember.
I can’t even describe the huge impact Jack has had on my life… thanks to his training, I can only go from strength to strength and help others achieve their own dreams and find their own star. I endorse and highly recommend this mind blowing event. Its excellent value for money and the benefits will last you a life -time.