How ONE Decision Changed EVERYTHING

I remember this day so clearly. The day that everything changed.

Standing in line in front of Jack Canfield after attending my first Success Principles Workshop, waiting to get my book signed– a hot mess doesn’t even begin to describe who I was in that moment. I had saved every penny and even used some of my rent money to attend Jack’s event after reading his book The Success Principles. Praying for some sort of miracle to help me change my life that had become a pit of despair. I remember standing in front of him, with tears streaming down my face, and saying to him “Jack, I don’t know how to be successful, but I do know that I can’t go back to that life.” — and his response was… “Then Don’t!”


He went on to explain to me (even though there was a line of people behind me) that I didn’t have to go back to a life of despair, I could CHOOSE to Think, Feel, and Act differently, and all that was required for this was to make a DECISION. And that he believed in my ability to change my life.

In that moment I was struck by the simplicity of it. How could this be true? Have I had this power all along? So many thoughts were running through my mind on the drive back to Vermont. And then something else happened– I made the decision to BELIEVE. Believe that more was possible for me. Believe that I had the power to change my life. Believe that I was worthy of the life I so desperately wanted. A life that felt good instead of a life of despair.

THAT decision changed everything for me.

I realized how many things I had decided to believe throughout my life, and so many of those beliefs were keeping me stuck in a mindset of fear, lack, and pain. I DECIDED to re-evaluate my belief system, sift out the bullshit beliefs that weren’t even true, and replace them with thoughts of possibility, seeding the belief I knew I needed to have in myself.

That was 12 years ago. Since then I’ve been a student of self, learning everything I could about the power of my own energy, and helping others do the same.

I will be forever thankful to Jack Canfield for showing me the way to my independence through The Success Principles. I never did go back to that life, because the decision I made in that moment changed everything.

What beliefs are you holding on to that may not be serving you?

What if you DECIDED to change your life for the better?

You’re more powerful than you think you are.

I believe in you.

-Stephanie Kathan