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Self Instructions & Daily Affirmations of Stephen Mitchell

What is this List?

This list was provided in part by Tom Hopkins’ 1982 book 'The Official Guide to Success'. They are my goals, wants, needs, & SWOT.


I get people names right by repeating it three times during the first conversation.

I respect and listen to the opinion of better people than myself, but I have faith in my own opinions to make up my own mind.

I find new ideas to bring to the problem, different directions to work from, and good people to give fresh inspiration.

Today I will meet the right people in the right place at the right time for the betterment of all.

Without being careless of my own interests I always look for the good in the people close to me.

I don't let stupid things like drugs, alcohol, and negative people control my mind.

I avoid negative people. I do not listen to negative input from the media.

When someone tries to dump negative thinking on me, I refuse to accept it.

Nobody makes me feel guilty about being successful.

Work smart – and as hard as you can without sacrificing alertness.


I find my best solutions while I sleep. I define my problems on paper, and then let my subconscious mind take over. It always works because I have the patience and confidence to relax and let my mind take over.

In both thought and speech, I choose positive words to describe everything I am in favour of to build my resistance to pessimism.

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.

Success is the continuous journey towards the achievement of predetermined worthwhile goals.


Things I cannot control never pull my attitude down because I am always thinking about the great things I am doing today and tomorrow.

I use time planning to enhance the quality of my personal life. I am always on the lookout for better ways to invest my time.

I respect myself because I am effective and because I persevere against rejections and obstacles that stop lesser people.

I am an effective, hard-driving, and highly successful person who responds well to positive self-instruction.

I never get so busy with today's business that I forget about tomorrow. I am a planner, and look ahead.

I always get where and what I want because I pre-plan my hours, days, months, years and my entire life.

I'm always measuring my performance and eliminating unnecessary time wasters.

I do not squander my time – I invest it carefully and intelligently.

I make time to look ahead and see what is coming at me.

I do the most productive thing possible at every given moment.

I always spend less than I make.

Move your dreams into the real world before you invest in them.


I am healthy for seven reasons:

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 worth of what you want.


I take full responsibility for my actions, and for my life. My well being is in the best hands it could possibly be in: MY OWN.

I have complete faith that I will achieve all my goals. Because they are so exciting they are never out of my mind for long!

I am the persistent type. But I don't beat my head against walls. My persistence is smart, flexible, and inventive.

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.

I know that success depends on how I use my time, so I always use it exceedingly well.

When I lock onto something worthwhile, persistence is the game I win at.

I always get busy when I have problems to work my way out of them.

I understand that life comes down to how I spend my seconds.

I am a winner, a contributor, an achiever: I believe in me.

When I make commitments to others and myself – I keep them.

When my tomorrows come: I am always ready for them.

I prepare thoroughly for every important activity.

My life plan is never finished because I am always finding new ways to make my life better and new things to learn and enjoy.


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.

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!

I always welcome positive new ideas.

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.