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Positive Thinking Every Day: An Inspiration for Each Day of the Year Paperback – December 6, 1993
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About the Author
Norman Vincent Peale, one of the most influential clergymen of his time, is the author of forty-six books, including the international bestseller The Power of Positive Thinking. Dr. Peale's legacy continues today through the Peale Center for Christian Living, the Outreach Division of Guideposts, www.dailyguide posts.com/positivethinking.
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When you wholeheartedly adopt a "with all your heart" attitude and go all out with the positive principle, you can do incredible things.
You can be greater than anything that can happen to you.
Every day remind yourself of your own ability, of your good mind and affirm that you can make something really good out of your life.
Stress the thought of plenty. Thoughts of plenty help create plenty.
The great secret of getting what you want from life is to know what you want and believe you can have it. Always do something for others, then ask God to help you and get at it.
Have absolutely no sense of guilt about being happy and successful if you operate honestly and with a sense of social responsibility.
Live your life and forget your age.
Cultivate will power, that massive creative force that God the creator built into you. Do not let it remain flabby but strengthen it by use and exercise.
Never talk defeat. Use words like hope, belief, faith, victory.
Make a list of your friends and determine who is the most positive thinker among them and deliberately cultivate his society.
Life's blows cannot break a person whose spirit is warmed at the fire of enthusiasm.
Our happiness depends upon the habit of mind we cultivate. So practice happy thinking every day. Cultivate the merry heart, develop the happiness habit, and life will become a continual feast.
Thoughts of a kind have a natural affinity. While the negative thinker tends to draw back to himself negative results, the positive thinker activates the world around him positively.
Cushion the painful effects of hard blows by keeping enthusiasm going strong, even if doing so requires struggle.
Let go and let God. Let Him take over your life and run it. He knows how.
It's always too soon to quit!
If you think lack you tend to create a condition of lack. Shift your thought pattern to one of abundance and believe that God is now in the process of giving you the abundance you need.
People who are really efficient seem to do things easily, with a minimum of effort. In so doing they release maximum power.
Help other people to cope with their problems and your own will be easier to cope with.
Believe that all the resources you need are in your mind. That is a formula that really works!
It is of practical value to learn to like yourself. Since you must spend so much time with yourself you might as well get some satisfaction out of the relationship.
Develop a tremendous faith in God and that will give you a humble yet soundly realistic faith in yourself.
Miracles are of all sizes. And if you start believing in little miracles, you can work up to the bigger ones.
Watch your manner of speech if you wish to develop a peaceful state of mind. Start each day by affirming peaceful, contented, and happy attitudes and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful.
One of the few greatest satisfactions of this life is to handle problems efficiently and well.
First thing every morning before you arise say out loud, "I believe," three times.
If you feel afraid, you can make yourself courageous by acting courageous. If you are feeling unhappy, by deliberately acting happy you can induce happy feelings. If you are lacking in enthusiasm, by simply acting enthusiastic you can make yourself enthusiastic.
Do not ask a person to be what he, or she, is not. Do not ask or expect from a person what he cannot give.
Practice word therapy -- serenity, urbanity, imperturbability, equanimity. Say those powerful, mind-healing words over to yourself every day. Let them recondition your stressful attitudes.
Enthusiasm releases the drive to carry you over obstacles and adds significance to all that you do. It tones up your physical vitality and gives warmth to all your personal relationships. When you associate with enthusiasm long enough it grabs you and takes over within you.
Never use the word "impossible" seriously again. Toss it into the verbal wastebucket.
Copyright © 1993 by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale