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5 Things You Need to Know From Norman Vincent Peale’s Book: The Power of Positive Thinking

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The Late American Minister and Author, Norman Vincent Peale (1898 – 1993), is known for supporting the concept of positive thinking through his bestseller, The Power of Positive Thinking.

I read the book a few days ago, and it gave me faith and hope in life. I also learned the importance of positive psychology from it. I hope you’ll read the book because it will make you a positive, prayerful, and purposeful individual.

I thank you for giving me the opportunity to share with you the main lessons I learned from the book.

 

  1. The Best Way to Overcome Self-Doubt is to Build Faith

Norman Vincent Pearle writes that self-doubt is the biggest killer of your dreams, but the good thing is that you can overcome it by filling your mind with faith. According to him, you fill your mind with faith by praying constantly and trusting in God’s help and guidance.

  1. You Cannot Succeed in Life if you Don’t Believe in Yourself

Norman believes that people who trust in their abilities usually succeed because self-confidence leads to self-realization.

Besides this, Norman teaches that those who don’t believe in themselves fail because the lack of self-confidence prevents the development of faith and hope. And without these two virtues, one cannot succeed.

Also, according to Norman, the lack of self-confidence leads to failure because it makes you fear to grasp big opportunities and take huge responsibilities.

  1. You Can Practise Attaining Inner Peace

Norman teaches that you can attain inner peace by doing the following.

  • Thinking peaceful thoughts.
  • Visualizing peaceful images.
  • Practising silence for 15 minutes every day.
  • Affirming peaceful words such as, ‘serenity.’

 

  1. There is a Formula for Effective Prayer

Norman believed that prayer is the greatest power because it opens your mind to the Creator. In the book, he teaches that the most effective formula for prayer is to prayerise, picturise, and actualize.

You prayerize by praying consistently; then you picturize by continually taking time to visualize the success of your prayers. Lastly, you actualize your prayer by working hard and wisely.

  1. ‘You Will Get the Best if You Expect the Best’ – Norman Vincent Pearle

In the book, Norman writes that you will always get the best out of life if you expect the best. Expecting the best activates the Law of Attraction by making your mind emit a magnetic force that brings the best to you.

Concluding Remarks

From the Power of Positive Thinking, we learn that we can achieve success if we build self-confidence, attain inner peace, pray, and expect the best.

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4 Comments

  1. Sheila

    April 15, 2018 at 8:08 am

    This is a great book, it’s my current read.

    • Isaac Wechuli

      April 15, 2018 at 8:13 am

      cool. keep reading, it enlightened me that a positive mindset really works

  2. Jeanine Byers

    April 29, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    What I love is that it validates a couple of things I am doing already – I have been trying to meditate but sometimes my mind wanders terribly. This is a great reminder that just sitting in silence for 15 minutes can be very powerful. Also, I pray and then visualize it coming true. Neat!

    • Isaac Wechuli

      April 30, 2018 at 5:15 am

      So powerful.apart from calming my mind, I also get blog post ideas by practising silence for 15 minutes

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9 Key Take-Aways from Tony Robbin’s Book: Awaken the Giant Within

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Tony Robbins’ Awaken the Giant Within, is an inspirational book that makes you realize that you can achieve whatever you want. The book provides various guidelines that will enable you to take control of all aspects of your life including your emotions, finances, and relationships.

It’s one of the best personal development books, and reading it will make you set big goals and go for them. Here are a few lessons from the book that I would love to share with you.

1.Everyone is Unique

Tony Robbins believes that every single one of us came here to contribute something special because we all have unique gifts. These gifts lie within us, and we can awaken them if we want to. Besides this, he trusts that The Creator often provides us with opportunities that can help us exploit these gifts.

2. How to Create Long Lasting Change

Raise your standards – Pinpoint the things in your life that you will no longer accept, and identify what you want to become

Change your limiting beliefs – Eliminate your limiting beliefs and create an empowering belief system

Change your strategy – Adopt the best strategies that will guarantee results.

3.The Three Main Decisions that Affect your Destiny

  • The decisions about the things you concentrate on
  • The decisions concerning the things that matter to you.
  • The decisions concerning what to do to create the future you want

4. To Succeed, you Must Focus on the Long-Term

According to Tony Robbins, many people give up on their dreams because they focus on the short-term: they want to achieve overnight success. Little do they know that focusing on the long-term enables one to persevere hence increasing the chances of success.

Those who succeed take massive action today and expect their efforts to reap results after a long period.

5. You Attract Success By Modelling The Lives of Successful People

The surest way to achieve success is by doing what successful people did. You must, therefore, pinpoint a successful individual in your field and identify what makes him or her a success. Copy the beliefs, strategies, and behaviors you think made the person successful, and soon you will also succeed.

6.How to Change a Bad Habit and Adopt a New One

Most of us have given up changing bad habits because we often fall back to them no matter how hard we try to change.

The best way to change a bad habit, according to Tony Robbins, is to associate bad things with the poor habit and good things with a new one. For instance, if you are a smoker, associate your smoking habits with hazardous diseases such as tuberculosis, and think about how much money you will save and how healthy you’ll become if you quit smoking.

7. Your Brain Has The Answers to All Your Questions

Your brain has answers to all your questions, and for this reason, you must practice asking it questions. It might not provide an answer immediately, but with patience and persistence, it will eventually provide you the right answer.

In the book, Tony Robbins narrates a story of a man who managed to escape The Nazi Concentration Camps because he constantly asked himself how he would escape. After asking himself questions for a while, he finally realized that he could escape by hiding in rotten bodies that the Germans dumped in an open grave.

8. Learn to Use Your Emotions

Learn to make your emotions work for you. For this reason, never suppress or ignore your emotions. Instead, check what they are trying to tell you. According to Tony Robbins, both negative and positive emotions can help you know the actions you must take to reach your goals.

9A Different Method for Creating Long-Lasting Change

Make the need to change a ‘MUST,’ not a ‘should’ or a ‘could’, because you will commit to changing, if the need becomes a ‘MUST.’

Secondly, realize that you are responsible for making the change and things will not change if you don’t change.

Thirdly, believe you can bring the change you want.

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6 Main Teachings from James Allen’s Book: THE PATH OF PROSPERITY

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In the book, The Path of Prosperity, James Allen focuses on enlightening readers that their inner world determines the conditions of their outer world. He also teaches the secret to success and happiness, why suffering exists and how to end it.

You must read the book if you are interested in attaining prosperity. Here are key teachings from the book.

  1. Suffering Leaves When You are Ready To Learn Its Lesson

You remain in suffering because you are never willing to learn its lessons and you don’t understand that suffering is the universe’s way of correcting you.  Suffering vanishes when you are eager to learn from it because by doing so, you gain higher wisdom that enables you to overcome it.

  1. You deserve all your hardships

A universal law is responsible for bringing you all your misfortunes and pains because you deserve them. You need your pains and sorrows so that you understand their purpose, and become wiser, and stronger. For this reason, you must never blame anyone for your hardships.

  1. Heaven exists in this world

Many people believe that they’ll only live a happy life in a place called heaven after they die. However, Allen teaches that you can also live a happy life in this world because happiness comes from within. He believes the best way to find happiness is to build your inner world by cultivating virtues such as faith, and generosity.

  1. Natural Disasters are a result of the thoughts that dominate a country

We cannot blame one individual for causing war because disasters such as famines, floods, and wars occur as a result of the collision of poorly-directed thought forces. As James Allen puts it, ‘national events are simply the working out of the psychic forces of a nation.’ Therefore, for a nation to experience peace and avoid national disasters, every citizen must be encouraged to think higher thoughts.

  1. How To Awaken Your Intuition

To awaken your intuition, you must practice relaxing your mind by constantly thinking peaceful thoughts. This practice will enable you to gain power over your thoughts and desires hence causing a feeling of calmness and strength within you. The feeling will be accompanied by the awakening of your intuitive abilities which will always guide you into the light

  1. The secret to happiness

Unhappiness arises from self-centeredness, and attachment to material things, and for this reason, the secret to happiness is selflessness, and the detachment from material things. You also find happiness when you help those in need and lose yourself in their sorrows

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