Stephen's self instructions.

In the 1990s I read The Official Guide to Success by Tom Hopkins. Embracing his life instructions began and continues to help rekindle my joy in life and society, plus help my mental and emotional resilience.

Book by Tom Hopkins - Official Guide to Success


  • I don't let stupid things like drugs, alcohol & negative people control my mind.
  • I am happy & I love my life. My persistence is smart, flexible, and inventive.
  • I prize my exercise time. It lets me relax and get rid of the day's tension.
  • I use habit to speed routine, not to block out reality.
  • I never go so fast that I break my body muscles.


  • 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 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 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 enjoy putting in the effort into all my actions, even when there is no profit.
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  • In both thought and speech, I choose positive words to describe everything I am in favour of to build my resistance to pessimism.
  • I love action. I love doing things. I love achieving. I do all three constantly, joyfully, and successfully.
  • I am a planner, and look ahead. I do the most productive thing possible at every given moment.
  • I stay positive because success is positive, and that's the side I want to be on!
  • I always look on the bright side of things – that's just the way I am!
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  • I find new ideas to bring to the problem, different directions to work from, and good people to give fresh inspiration.
  • I get people names right by repeating it three times during the first conversation.
  • When someone tries to dump negative thinking on me, I refuse to accept it.
  • Nobody makes me feel guilty about being successful.
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