The Power of Focus: How to Hit Your Business, Personal and Financial Targets with Absolute Confidence and Certainty

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Do you know the #1 reason that stops people from getting what they want?
Ten years later, it's still a lack of focus.
In the The Power of Focus, 10th Anniversary Edition, you'll discover:

  • How to thrive in a turbulent economy.
  • Proven ...
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Overview

Do you know the #1 reason that stops people from getting what they want?
Ten years later, it's still a lack of focus.
In the The Power of Focus, 10th Anniversary Edition, you'll discover:

  • How to thrive in a turbulent economy.
  • Proven financial strategies for today's world that will give you freedom and peace of mind.
  • How to focus on what you do best and let go of the rest.
  • Easy-to-implement Action Steps with every chapter.

Plus, the latest insights from the authors to help you prosper in all areas of your life.

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"The revised special 10th Anniversary Edition of the highly influential The Power of Focus packs enough power to permit anyone to pluck out a proven effective plan that will overcome any obstacle. That's quite a statement to make, but more than 600,000 people around the world have been captivated by the simple, practical, and profound strategies contained in the original bestseller. Now a decade later, authors Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Les Hewitt have joined forces to update this enduring classic in a magnificent way that's relevant to today.

The front and back covers are mere handles that envelope a tool of great power. The book guides you through action plans that are isolated into 11 highly detailed chapters that focus with laser-like intensity on the specific steps to take to achieve your goals, and the authors provide fill-in-the-blank pages for you to tailor the plans to fit your specific circumstances. Accompanying each chapter are eloquent real life testimonies from people that encountered the same difficulties as you, but overcame the challenges with these proven effective measures. Fill your sails with new wind, chart a new course to follow, and unearth the inspiration you need to persevere no matter what the problem. Your success is assured.

Readers cannot complete the book without becoming galvanized into forceful action. You are promised that achievement looms just ahead, but beware—readers usually find their outlook transformed into one of expectancy, as if their victory over difficulties and triumph over adversity floats toward them like a message in a bottle tossed in a turbulent sea yet coming straight at them. That transformation from despondency to expectancy is the golden nugget at the core of the book. Dig in and find yours."

--David W. Menefee /Bookpleasures.com

— David W. Menefee

Bookpleasures.com - David W. Menefee
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The revised special 10th Anniversary Edition of the highly influential The Power of Focus packs enough power to permit anyone to pluck out a proven effective plan that will overcome any obstacle. That's quite a statement to make, but more than 600,000 people around the world have been captivated by the simple, practical, and profound strategies contained in the original bestseller. Now a decade later, authors Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Les Hewitt have joined forces to update this enduring classic in a magnificent way that's relevant to today.

The front and back covers are mere handles that envelope a tool of great power. The book guides you through action plans that are isolated into 11 highly detailed chapters that focus with laser-like intensity on the specific steps to take to achieve your goals, and the authors provide fill-in-the-blank pages for you to tailor the plans to fit your specific circumstances. Accompanying each chapter are eloquent real life testimonies from people that encountered the same difficulties as you, but overcame the challenges with these proven effective measures. Fill your sails with new wind, chart a new course to follow, and unearth the inspiration you need to persevere no matter what the problem. Your success is assured.

Readers cannot complete the book without becoming galvanized into forceful action. You are promised that achievement looms just ahead, but beware—readers usually find their outlook transformed into one of expectancy, as if their victory over difficulties and triumph over adversity floats toward them like a message in a bottle tossed in a turbulent sea yet coming straight at them. That transformation from despondency to expectancy is the golden nugget at the core of the book. Dig in and find yours."

—David W. Menefee /Bookpleasures.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780757316029
  • Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 75,250
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield is a best-selling author and one of America's leading experts in the development of human potential. He is both a dynamic and entertaining speaker and a highly sought-after trainer with a wonderful ability to inform and inspire audiences to pen their hearts, love more openly, and pursue their dreams.

He is the author and narrator of several best-selling audio- and video cassette programs, including Self Esteem and Peak Performance, How to Build High Self-Esteem, Self-Esteem in the Classroom and Chicken Soup for the Soul–Live. He is regularly seen on television shows such as Good Morning America, 20/20 and NBC Nightly News. Jack has coauthored numerous books, including the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series, Dare to Win and The Aladdin Factor (all with Mark Victor Hansen), 100 Ways to Build Self-Concept in the Classroom (with Harold C. Wells) and Heart At Work (with Jacqueline Miller).

Mark Victor Hansen is a professional speaker who in the last twenty years has made over four-thousand presentations to more than 2 million people in 32 countries. His presentations cover sales excellence and strategies; personal empowerment and development; and how to triple your income and double your time off.

Mark has spent a lifetime dedicated to his mission of making a profound and positive difference in people's lives. Throughout his career, he has inspired hundreds of thousands of people to create a more powerful and purposeful future for themselves while stimulating the sale of billions of dollars worth of goods and services.

Mark is a prolific writer and has authored Future Diary, How to Achieve Total Prosperity and The Miracle of Tithing. He is coauthor of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series, Dare to Win, and The Aladdin Factor (all with Jack Canfield), and The Master Motivator (with Joe Batten).

With more than thirty years of experience, Les Hewitt understands the real world of business and the struggle to stay focused. His organization, The Power of Focus, Inc., has created and delivered more than 900 workshops and training programs that have been used by thousands of executives, managers, and sales leaders. Les is also the founder of The Power of Focus Coaching Program, a unique focusing system for business people who want greater profits, less stress, and more time off. The Power of Focus has worked with more than 300 companies and operates in Canada, United States, Australia, and the Republic of Ireland.

Les conducts audio business seminars for Trump University, the home-study business school created by billionaire Donald Trump. Other clients he has spoken for include Wells Fargo, The Million Dollar Round Table, Investors Group, and Cameron Inc. As a professional coach, Les prompts, challenges, and supports his clients to make the changes required for consistent success. He has personally coached hundreds of business leaders to achieve exceptional profits and productivity.

Biography

While Jack Canfield himself may not necessarily be a household name, it's very likely that you have heard of his famed Chicken Soup for the Soul series and nearly as likely that you have at least one of them sitting on your very own bookshelf! Having got his start as an inspirational speaker, Canfield's own story is nothing less than inspirational.

Jack Canfield had been traveling around delivering key note speeches and organizing workshops to help audiences build their self-esteem and maximize their potential when he had an in-flight brainstorm that changed his life. While flying home from a gig, Canfield realized that the very same advice he had been delivering during his in-person addresses could potentially form the basis of a book. Canfield used inspirational stories he'd gleaned over the years as the basis of his speeches, and he thought it would be a terrific idea to gather together 101 inspirational stories and anthologize them in a single volume. Upon returning home, Canfield approached friend and author Mark Victor Hansen about his concept. Hansen agreed it was a great idea, and the two men set about finding a publisher. Believe it or not, the mega-selling series was not an easy sell to publishers. "We were rejected by 123 publishers all told," Canfield told Shareguide.com. "The first time we went to New York, we visited with about a dozen publishers in a two day period with our agent, and nobody wanted it. They all said it was a stupid title, that nobody bought collections of short stories, that there was no edge -- no sex, no violence. Why would anyone read it?"

Canfield wisely practiced what he preached -- and persisted. Ultimately, he and Hansen sold the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book to a small press based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, called Health Communications. The rest, as they say, is history. There are currently 80 million copies of the Chicken Soup books in print, with subjects as varied as Chicken Soup For the Horse Lover's Soul and Chicken Soup For the Prisoner's Soul. Canfield and Hansen ranked as the top-selling authors of 1997 and are multiple New York Times bestsellers. Most important of all, the inspirational stories they have gathered in their many volumes have improved the lives of countless readers.

This year, expect to see Canfield's name gracing the covers of such titles as Chicken Soup For the Scrapbooker's Soul, Chicken Soup For the Mother and Son Soul, and Chicken Soup For the African American Woman's Soul. He and Hansen have also launched the all-new "Healthy Living" series and 8 titles in that series have already been released this year. There is also the fascinating You've GOT to Read This Book!, in which Canfield compiles personal accounts by 55 people each discussing a book that has changed his or her life. The most compelling of these may be the story of young entrepreneur Farrah Gray, who read Deepak Chopra's The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success at the age of 11 and made his first million dollars at the age of 14!

With no sign of slowing down, Canfield continues to be an inspiration to millions, who fortunately refused to give up when it seemed as though he would never even get his first book published. "Mark and I are big believers in perseverance," he said. "If you have a vision and a life purpose, and you believe in it, then you do not let external events tell you what is so. You follow your internal guidance and follow your bliss, as Joseph Campbell used to say."

Good To Know

Canfield is the founder of two California based self-esteem programs, "Self-Esteem Seminars" in Santa Barbara and "The Foundation For Self Esteem" in Culver City.

Writing the first Chicken Soup book was a lot more daunting than Canfield expected. After the first three years of research, he and Mark Victor Hansen had only compiled 68 stories -- 33 tales shy of their goal of 101 stories.

Along with co-writing dozens of full-length books, Canfield also publishes a free biweekly newsletter called Success Strategies.

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Canfield:

"My inspiration for writing comes from my passion for teaching others how to live more effective lives. I started out as a history teacher in an all-black inner city high school in Chicago, graduated to a teacher trainer, then psychotherapist, then trainer of therapists, then large group transformational trainer and then a writer and keynote speaker. All along the way, my desire was to make a difference, to help people live more fulfilling lives. That is what I still do today. Most people don't know this but I was not a good writer in college. I got a C in composition. Nobody would have ever believed I would grow up to be a bestselling author."

"I play guitar, and I am learning to play the piano. I love movies and some TV shows. My favorites are Six Feet Under, Grey's Anatomy, House and Lost. I love to play Scrabble, poker and backgammon with my in-laws, nieces and nephews. We really get into it. I love to travel. I have been to 25 countries and try to add two or three new ones every year."

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    1. Hometown:
      Santa Barbara, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 19, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Fort Worth, Texas
    1. Education:
      B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973
    2. Website:

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xix

Foreword The Purpose Of This Book: What's In It For You xxi

Focusing Strategy #1 Your Habits Will Determine Your Future 1

Successful people have successful habits

How Habits Really Work 6

How to Identify Bad Habits 17

How to Change Bad Habits 21

The Successful Habits Formula 26

Action Steps 30

Successful People I Want to Interview

The Successful Habits Formula

Focusing Strategy #2 It's Not Hocus-Pocus, it's All About Focus 35

Build on your strengths, not your weaknesses.

Focus on Your Natural Talents 37

Are You a Starter or a Finisher? 44

If You're Feeling Swamped, Get Help! 46

The 4-D Solution 51

The Power of No 52

Action Steps 59

The Priority Focus Workshop

Focusing Strategy #3 Do You See The Big Picture? 62

Designing your crystal-clear future.

Developing Unusual Clarity 64

The Purpose of Goals 66

The Top-10 Goals Checklist 67

Your Master Plan 79

Action Steps 90

The Top-10 Goals Checklist

Know What You Want and Why

Capture Your Best Ideas

Focusing Strategy #4 Overcoming Setbacks 93

It's not what happens, it's what you do about it!

Cultivate a Champion Mind-set 96

Recession Warning Signs 101

Recession Busters 102

Find Another Way 108

The Problem Solver 108

Be Prepared! 110

Expect the Unexpected 111

Action Steps 116

Ten Best Options

The Problem Solver

Focusing Strategy #5 Building Excellent Relationships 120

Your entry into the big leagues.

The Double Spiral 123

Say "No" to Toxic People 129

The Three Big Questions 131

Core Clients and the Double Win 133

And Then Some 139

How to Find Great Mentors 143

Actio Steps 151

The Double Spiral

Building Your Fortress

Developing Mentor Relationships

Focusing Strategy #6 The Confidence Factor 155

Eliminating fear and worry

Resolving Unfinished Business 157

The Twenty-Five-Cent Challenge 162

Forgive and Forget 164

A Winning Attitude 157

Six Confidence-Building Strategies 168

Believe in Your Own Capability 170

What To Do If You Hit a Slump 173

Action Steps 173

Resolving Unfinished Business

Focusing Strategy #7 Ask For What You Want 182

A seven-point system to help you prosper

Ask and Receive 185

Seven Ways to Boost Your Business, Simply by Asking 188

How to Ask 203

Action Steps 209

Asking for What You Want

Focusing Strategy #8 Consistent Persistence 213

Success is often just around the corner.

The Benefits of Consistency 215

Embrace Your Greatest Power 217

The Double-A Formula 228

The Integrity Factor 233

Action Steps 236

The Integrity Factor

Focusing Strategy #9 Taking Decisive Action 239

Proven systems for creating wealth.

4 Good Reasons You Procrastinate 244

Active Decision-Making 247

The TA-DA Formula 252

Let's Talk About Money 254

Action Steps 266

Eliminating Procrastination

Financial Certainty

Focusing Strategy #10 Living and Working on Purpose 271

Making your life simple again.

Finding Your Purpose 276

The Marathon of Hope 278

Three Key Points 280

Discovering Your Purpose 282

Statement of Purpose 287

Action Steps 296

Discovering and Living Your Purpose

Focusing Strategy #11 Ideas to Make You Rich 302

Best Success Strategies from Five Wealthy Entrepreneurs.

Sam Beckford: The Small Business Millionaire 304

Karen Stewart: Changing the Divorce Paradigm 309

Phil Carroll: Houseboats to Billion Dollar Deals 315

Debbie Rotkvich: The Jewelry Queen 319

Don R. Campbell: Creating Real Estate Riches 325

Free Audio Interviews From Our Top Five Achievers

Gen-Y and Social Entrepreneurism: The Way Forward 331

Gamechanger Companies 334

Great News Ahead 335

Action Steps 338

Twenty-Five Wealth Building Strategies

Final Words It's Your Life...Accept the Challenge 339

The Power of Focus Products and Programs 341

Keynote Speeches, Workshops, Leadership Training,

One-on-One Executive Coaching

Your Free $500 Success Library

Exclusive Leaders Retreat Jack Mark Les 342

Resource Guide 343

Permissions 351

About the Authors 353

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