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12 Insights From “Power Of Positive Thinking”

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The book, Power of positive thinking was written by Norman Vincent Peale as far back as 1952. What the book demonstrated was that “a change in person’s attitude will change his/her life.

The book also talked about how one can harness the power of positive thinking to strengthens his/her belief, crawl out of worrying, stay energetic and connect with higher power by citing examples of how some people were able to change their lives via positive thinking and affirmation.

Who Is Norman Vincent Peale?

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale was a minister and author and a progenitor of the theory of positive thinking. He was born on May 31, 1898, in Bowersville, Ohio. He earned degrees at Ohio Wesleyan University(where he became a brother of the fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta) and Boston School of Theology. Read more about him here.

The insights from the book are as follows;

• 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.

• Attitudes are more important than facts, Dr. karl menninger added, “any fact facing us, even the most hopeless, is not as important as our attitude toward the fact.”

• Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing frighten you. Everything passes away except God. God alone is sufficient.

• To live with constant energy, it is also important to get your emotional faults corrected, said Knute Rockne (Football coach). He added, I have to get most energy out of a man, and have discovered that it cannot be done if he hates another man.”

• To solve your problem via prayer, vincent Peale advised to use this formular. Prayerize, Picturize and Actualize. Pray, print a picture of it on your mind as happening, holding the picture firmly in consciousness. And act as if your prayer has been answered.

• People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be. Abraham Lincoln. You can be happy, so also you can unhappy if you want to be.

• To make the best use of your day, start it by saying to yourself, “I believe I can successfully handle all problems that arise today. I feel good physically, mentally and emotionally.”

The way to happiness: Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Fill your life with love. Scatter sunshine. Forget self, think of others. Do as you would be done by.

• “Our belief at the beginning of a doubtful undertaking is the one thing that ensures the successful outcome of your venture.” William James

• Throw your heart over the bar and your body will follow.” First believe it can done and then go ahead with the task. Fire the heart with where you want to go and what you want to be. Get it deeply fixed in your subconscious that you will take no for an answer, then your entire personality will follow where your heart leads.

• What we do with obstacles is directly determined by our mental attitude. The rough is only mental. It is rough because you think it is.

• But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Phil 3: 13-14).

Norman Vincent Peale’s Formula for breaking worry habit

1. Say to yourself, “Worry is just a very bad mental habit. And I can change any habit with God’s help.”

2. First thing every morning before you arise say out loud, “I believe,” three times.

3. Pray, using this formula: “I place this day, my life, my loved ones, my work in the Lord’s hands. Whatever happens, whatever results, if I am in the Lord’s hands, it is the Lord’s will and it is good.”

4. Practice saying something positive concerning everything about which you have been talking negatively. Don’t say, “I’ll never be able to do that.” Instead, affirm, “With God’s help I will do that.”

5. Never participate in a worry conversation.

6. Mark every passage in the Bible that speaks of faith, hope, happiness, glory, radiance. Commit each to memory. Say them over and over again until these creative thoughts saturate your subconscious mind. Then the subconscious will return to you what you have given it, namely, optimism, not worry.

7. Cultivate friendships with hopeful people. Surround yourself with friends who think positive, faith-producing thoughts and who contribute to a creative atmosphere. This will keep you re-stimulated with faith attitudes.

8. See how many people you can help to cure their own worry habit. In helping another to overcome worry you get greater power over it within yourself.

9. Every day of your life conceive of yourself as living in partnership and companionship with Jesus Christ. If He actually walked by your side, would you be worried or afraid? Well, then, say to yourself, “He is with me.” Affirm aloud His promise, “I am with you always.” Then change it to say, “He is with me now.” Repeat the affirmation three times every day.

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BOOKS

What Makes The GREAT Great?

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Yeah, what makes the great great? You have seen their glories and you should read their stories. What makes the great great is a book written by Dennis P. Kimbro, Ph.D. I didn’t know about the book till I got to a bookshop In Lagos. Then I went in search of the 50th law of power by Robert Greene and 50cent. I couldn’t lay my hands on it and I asked the book seller to give me any nice book and he did give me What Makes The Great Great. I was glad he did.

“If you want to be great and successful, you must walk hand-in-hand with great and successful people.” Nido Qubein

The book tells of the stories of great men and women, how they were able able to stand out among the crowd and made names for themselves. The author introduces inspiring people who have achieved greatness in their own unique ways, then highlights the qualities each of us must develop before we reach our full potential.

Regardless of your definition of success, the book provides approach of turning your dream to reality. Greatness is guaranteed when you discover life’s true calling, live more courageously, access knowledge and creativity of your mind and embrace integrity in everything you do.

We all have seeds of greatness in us, what makes the great great provides the tools to discover and nourish those seeds.

Dennis P. Kimbro asked some great men and women the question, What makes the great great? See some of their responses below:

When Bill Pinkney [the first African-American to sail solo around the world and the forty-first man to do so] was asked what makes the great great, his response was; “Don’t wait! Now is the time to fulfil your destiny. We must act with courage; look forward with hope; and view life through a lens that defines what can be done rather than what cannot be done. If you are willing to work and never, never quit, you can make your dream come true.” What does this message mean to you?

Percy Sutton said, “If you have but one wish let it be for an idea.”

Robert E. Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television said, “Life is a grindstone, But whether it grinds you down or polishes you up depends upon what you are made of. And Rev Jesse Jackson added, “You may not be responsible for being knocked down, but you are certainly responsible for getting back up.”

What makes the great great

Henry Park of Park Sausage said, “In one hand I have a dream and in the other I have an obstacle. Tell me, which one grabs your attention?”

When Reverend Ike was asked what makes the great great, he said, “Do what I have done. “Open up a can! The world belongs to those who say I can.”

Mae Jemison, America’s first black female astronaut, when was asked what makes the great great said, “Greatness can be captured in a lifestyle. Life is God’s gift to you, style is what you make of it.”

Quincy Jones said, “Greatness occurs when your children loves you, when your critics respects you, and when you have peace of mind.”

Cornel West, an author and a professor said, “If you want to be great, you must serve willingly and love greatly.”

Oseola McCarty said, “Do as much as you can for as many as you can.”

And according to my observation, the greats are the people who understands what it means to simplify. They are the people who face one thing, face one passion and give in their best and do not believe in being jack of all trades. They are the people with determination and unshaken focus to do what they put before them. They are the people who have desires that burn. They are the people who say I will do this and never give up until they do. – SirPhren

Do you want to be great in that field you have chosen? Now you have just read about the opinions of some of the great men and women who have lived before us. Some of what they said is still valid and it will be nice to practice them.

There is only one thing that can stop you from being great. Do you want to know? Only you can stop you.

Robert Browning said, “When a man’s fight begins within himself, he is worth something.” And Bhagavad-Gita concluded, “A man’s own self is his friend, a man’s own self is his foe.”

If you really want to get your life together, this is one of the books you should probably read.

Which of these answers to what makes the Great great your favorite? Do you also know of other qualities of the Greats? Do share with me in the comment below.

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