The Power of Positive Thinking Summary Author Says believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. But with self-confidence you can succeed. A sense of inadequacy interferes with the attainment of your hopes, but self-confidence leads to self-realization and achievement.
The Power of Positive Thinking Summary
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
The Author says lack of self-confidence apparently is one of the great problems besetting people today. In a university a survey was made of 600 students in psychology courses. The students were asked to state their most difficult personal problem. Seventy-five percent listed lack of confidence.
The greatest secret for eliminating the inferiority complex, which is another term for profound self-doubt, is to fill your mind with faith. Develop tremendous faith in God and that will give you realistic faith in yourself.
The acquiring of dynamic faith is accomplished by prayer, by reading the Bible and by practicing its faith techniques. Go to a competent spiritual adviser and let him teach you how to have faith. The ability to possess and utilize faith must be studied and practiced to gain perfection.
A sure cure for lack of confidence is the thought that God is actually with you and helping you. This is one of the simplest teachings in religion, namely, that Almighty God will see you through. No other idea is so powerful in developing self-confidence as this simple belief when practiced. To practice it simply affirm, “God is with me. God is helping me. God is guiding me.”
A Peaceful Mind Generates Power
A primary method for gaining a mind full of peace is to practice emptying the mind. At least twice a day, empty your mind of fears, hates, insecurities, regrets and guilt feelings. To prevent unhappy thoughts from sneaking in again, immediately fill your mind with creative and healthy thoughts.
There are other practical ways by which you can develop serenity and quiet attitudes. One way is through your conversation. In a group when the conversation takes a trend that is upsetting, try injecting peaceful ideas into the talk. To have peace of mind, fill your personal and group conversations with positive, happy, optimistic, satisfying expressions.
Saturate your thoughts with peaceful experiences, peaceful words and ideas, and ultimately you will have a storehouse of peace-producing experiences to which you may turn for refreshment and renewal of your spirit. It will be a vast source of power.
How To Have Constant Energy
The Author say how we think we feel has a definite effect on how we actually feel physically. If your mind tells you that you are tired, the body mechanism, the nerves and the muscles accept the fact. If your mind is intensely interested, you can keep on at an activity indefinitely. Religion functions through our thoughts.
To live with constant energy it is also important to get your emotional faults corrected. You will never have full energy until you do. Knute Rockne, one of the greatest football coaches this country ever produced, said that a football player cannot have sufficient energy unless his emotions are under spiritual control. In fact, he went so far as to say that he would not have a man on his team who did not have a genuinely friendly feeling for every fellow player.
To avoid tiredness and to have energy, feel your way into the essential rhythm of Almighty God and all His works. To accomplish this, relax physically. Then conceive of your mind as likewise relaxing. Follow this mentally by visualizing the soul as becoming quiescent, then pray as follows: “Dear God, You are the source of all energy. You are the source of the energy in the sun, in the atom, in all flesh, in the bloodstream, in the mind.
How to Create Your Own Happiness
Who decides whether you shall be happy or unhappy? You do.
Abraham Lincoln, whom nobody could accuse of being superficial, said that people are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be. You can be unhappy if you want to be. It is the easiest thing in the world to accomplish. Just choose unhappiness. Go around telling yourself that things aren’t going well, that nothing is satisfactory, and you can be quite sure of being unhappy.
But say to yourself, “Things are going nicely. Life is good. I choose happiness,” and you can be quite certain of having your choice. To become a happy person, have a clean soul, eyes that see romance in the commonplace, a child’s heart and spiritual simplicity.
Throughout the day, base your actions and attitudes upon fundamental principles of happy living. One of the most simple and basic of such principles is that of human love and goodwill. It is amazing what happiness a sincere expression of compassion and tenderness will induce.
About the Author
Norman Vincent Peale, often called the “minister-to-millions,” was senior minister at the historic Marble Collegiate Church in New York City for 52 years. Dr. Peale and his wife, Ruth Stafford Peale, founded Guideposts in 1945, an interfaith ministry dedicated to helping people from all walks of life achieve their personal and spiritual potential. Previously, in 1940, they founded Peale Center for Christian Living, which is dedicated to continuing Dr. Peale’s legacy of positive thinking and faith. In 1995, the two organizations merged and Peale Center is now the Outreach Division of Guideposts.