Self Instructions of Stephen Mitchell

What is this List?

This list of my goals and targets was provided in part by Tom Hopkins's 1982 book 'The Official Guide to Success'. It's my go-to when I feel anxious, afraid, exasperated and unsure of the future.


  • Work smart – and as hard as you can without sacrificing alertness.
  • When someone tries to dump negative thinking on me, I refuse to accept it.
  • Nobody makes me feel guilty about being successful.
  • I get people names right by repeating it three times during the first conversation.
  • I find new ideas to bring to the problem, different directions to work from, and good people to give fresh inspiration.
  • I don't let stupid things like drugs, alcohol, and negative people control my mind.


  • I am happy & I love my life.
  • I am always discovering fascinating new things to do.
  • I know that I have a wonderful future.
  • I stay out of the way of fast moving objects.
  • I prize my exercise time because it lets me relax and get rid of the day's tension.
  • I move pace up when I can, but I never go so fast that I break my body muscles.
  • I use habit to speed routine, not to block out reality.
  • Before you can attain success, the effort you are making has to be worthy of what you want.


  • I never get so busy with today's business that I forget about tomorrow. I am a planner, and look ahead. I do the most productive thing possible at every given moment.
  • I pre-plan my hours, days, months, years and my entire life.
  • I find my best solutions while I sleep.
  • In both thought and speech, I choose positive words to describe everything I am in favour of to build my resistance to pessimism.
  • I do not squander my time – I invest it carefully and intelligently.


  • I am not afraid to fail. Because that is how I learn. When I fail, I look at what I did right, not at what I did wrong.
  • I feel good about myself because I always do the best thing possible with my opportunity time.
  • I never let a negative thought enter my head. I always have clearly defined goals.
  • My emotions do not control me. I control them.
  • I know that laughter ranks next to sleep and food as a restorative, so I am always on the lookout for an opportunity to laugh a little.


  • My well being is in the best hands it could possibly be in: MY OWN.
  • I LOVE SUCCESS. I enjoy putting in the effort into all my actions, even when there is no profit.
  • I know where I am going because I have taken the time and trouble to make that decision.
  • I have a high degree of personal integrity that leads me to put out the extra effort. My persistence is smart, flexible, and inventive.
  • I am always seeking new ways to make my life better plus new things to enjoy.


  • I am an idea person. I get a lot of great ideas because I know exactly what I want, and I keep my subconscious mind loaded with material that allows it to generate them.
  • I love action. I love doing things. I love achieving. I do all three constantly, joyfully, and successfully.
  • I say positive because success is positive, and that's the side I want to be on!
  • I am driving hard for achievement and accomplishment, not just for money.
  • I always look on the bright side of things – that's just the way I am!