The Art of Delegating

Have you ever said to yourself, or even out loud, “It’s easier if I just do it myself.”?

It’s a common theme for many of us.  The results however are not always very productive since we rob ourselves of time and energy, increase our sense of frustration and deny someone the opportunity to learn and grow.

In Principle 41 the advice from Jack Canfield is to Build a Powerful Support Team and Delegate to them. 

Do what you do best and hire out the rest!

And… take this advice from General George S. Patton “Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.”



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Redefine Time

Principle #40.

My mentor, Christian Mickelsen, says “we have all the time in the world”.

If that’s true:

  • Why are we so busy?
  • Why isn’t there ever enough time?
  • Why is our to-do list never complete?
  • Why do we run late?

What if, as Jack Canfield suggests, we “Redefine Time”?

What if as Christian Mickelsen says “We Have All The Time In The World”?

I think the answer is found in how we choose to spend our time: focus on what’s important; be prepared to say No and do what brings you joy.

“It is not that we have a short time live, but that we waste a lot of it”


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Leave that alone and…

Stay focused on what you want to do.

I met with a  bright young woman this morning.  We talked about a business idea I want to bring to market.

I’m excited about this idea and come to find out she’s just as excited! In fact she’s thinking even bigger than me and loves doing all the things I don’t love doing.

Question.  Can I afford to hire her?

Answer. I can’t afford not to hire her!

In Part Three of Jack Canfield’s Success Principles the focus is to “Build Your Success Team”.  Today I found my success team…Principle 39 “Stay Focused on Your Core Genius” and I will add hire someone for their Core Genius and build your Success Team.

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

Helen Keller


Passion + Enthusiasm = Living Out Loud

That’s right…make some noise! 

Show some Enthusiasm!  

Jack Canfield shares in Principle #38 the word enthusiasm comes from the Greek word entheos, which means “to be filled with GOD.”

When you are filled with spirit you are naturally filled with and fueled by Passion. 

Are you doing what you love to do?  

If not what would you do that is different?

How can you bring your Passion and Enthusiasm out into the world?


Passion.  Enthusiasm. Live Out Loud!



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Motivated. Driven. Inspired.

What best describes how you stay in action?

How do you stay motivated and keep from giving up when things get tough? 

In Principle 37 Jack Canfield recommends “listening to the masters”.

Who has time for that you ask?

Let’s get creative and look for opportunities where you might find the time….

  • Walking the dog.
  • On a long commute.
  • On the treadmill.
  • Waiting.

Not sure of where to start or who to listen to? Some of Jack Canfield’s favorites can be found here: 

And if you like his work go to for more motivation.

And as the always inspiring Zig Zigler once said: “Of course motivation is not permanent. But neither is bathing, but it is something you should do on a regular basis”,






Commit to Lifelong Learning

When my grandmother, “Gingle”, turned 90 I traveled to Albuquerque to celebrate this special day with her and lots of family members.

Gingle, an avid reader, greeted me when I walked into her home with this…”Joey Sue I’m reading the most incredible book…7 Habits of Highly Effective People” and she proceeded to share a passage that she was especially inspired by.

My grandmother taught us, our family, the love of reading and the joy of a commitment to Lifelong Learning.

Jack Canfield titled Principle #36 Learn More to Earn More.  This applies and I would also add…learn more to transcend limiting beliefs, expand your world view and enjoy the richness of other cultures.


PS: Thank you Gingle


The Habit of Habits…

Yep…I just stated the obvious.  

The real questions are what habits are helping you and what habits are harming you?

In Principle #34 of The Success Principles Jack Canfield points out…”good or bad, habits always deliver results”. 

He suggests making a list of all the habits that are not helping you (here are some examples to get you thinking):

  • Procrastinating
  • Paying bills last minute or late
  • Not keeping your promises
  • Consistently being late
  • Not silencing or even worse answering your phone when you’re with a friend or business associate
  • Not listening…really listening
  • Smoking
  • Sugar
  • Fill in the blank(s) ____________________, _____________________, _______________, ________________


“Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny”  Gandhi







Ch Ch Ch Ch Changes

“I still don’t know what I was waiting for …” lyrics and song by David Bowie

Principle 31 encourages us to Embrace Change. 

Jack Canfield reminds us that “change is inevitable “.

What’s changing in your life?

Are you embracing or resisting the change(s)?

What could you do differently, that you’re not doing now, to embrace change?

What ARE you waiting for?



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Is it just me?

The answer is probably yes….when things aren’t working we need to take a close look at why they aren’t working and not go into denial or hiding.

Often we just don’t want to accept the bad, uncomfortable, embarrassing or painful situations in our lives.  And we all know they don’t just go away…it takes courage to take action.

Principle #30 shows us how important it is to Face What Isn’t Working and to take action now. Jack Canfield goes again to the concept of making a list od what isn’t working in your life. He says to start with the seven major areas where you would normally set goals:

  • Financial
  • Career or business
  • Family or free time
  • Health and appearance
  • Relationships
  • Personal growth and development
  • Making a difference

What’s not working? How can I improve it? What requests do I need to make? What do I need to do? What actions can I take to get each of the areas that aren’t working to work the way I’d like it to?

See you over on the working side……

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Letting Go…

Principle #29 is all about how hanging on to past hurts and resentments will keep you from moving into a joyous future.

Nelson Mandela is known to have said “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies”. 

Jack Canfield offers Six Steps to Forgiveness 

  1. Acknowledge your anger and resentments.
  2. Acknowledge the hurt and pain it created.
  3. Acknowledge the fears and self-doubts that it created
  4. Acknowledge any part you may have played in letting the behavior or the event occur or letting it continue.
  5. Acknowledge what you were wanting that you didn’t get, and then put yourself in the other person’s shoes and attempt to understand where he or she was coming from at the time, and what needs they were trying to meet—- however inelegantly—by their behavior.
  6. Let go and forgive the person.

Let go and live a lighter life……



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