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The Power Of Positive Thinking
Written more than five decades ago, Norman Vincent Peale’s book The Power of Positive Thinking contains wisdom that can still be applied in our lives today. The book contains many stories and illustrations of how people’s lives dramatically improved after they changed their way of thinking. Rather than giving in to the struggles in life, these people overcame their issues through faith and changing their frame of mind.
According to the author, “It is a well-defined and authentic principle that what the mind profoundly expects it tends to receive.” In other words, if you think you are going to fail, you likely will. The good news is that if you believe that you will succeed, you likely will.
The way we think about ourselves and the world will determine how well we perform in life. Whether we realize it or not, it is our attitude towards life which is far more important than our circumstances. You may be struggling financially and think it will never end, but don’t give up hope. Instead, believe that you will find a way to get back on your feet again.
Faith and Positive Thinking
Although your current financial struggles may be very real obstacles in your life right now, they may not be as bad as they seem. We often make “a mountain out of a molehill” and it is important to have faith so you can see past those hurdles. Be sure to have a positive mental attitude and you will be equipped to face the challenges ahead of you.
An example of the power of the mind that Peale told from his own experience was a time when he went golfing with a friend who was both a philosopher and an avid golfer. Peale hit a ball into the rough where there was some tall grass. His immediate response to this was that it would be difficult to make his next shot. His wise friend, however, made him see things differently. He had him look closely at the situation and made him see that the grass was actually very fine and that it wouldn’t prevent him from making a good shot after all. With this new perspective on the situation, Peale was able to make a clean shot. His wise friend reminded him that “The rough is only mental … it is rough because you think it is.”
Importance of meditating on the Word
Peale’s own experiences as well as those of many others recounted in his book show time and time again the importance of staying positive. The way he taught others to stay positive was to read and meditate on the Word of God and to memorize some encouraging Bible verses that talk about faith, power, and overcoming fear. He encouraged others to always acknowledge God as the source of their energy and strength each day.
He also told of a businessman whose business was failing fast who decided to ask God to be his business partner. From then on, his business was a success. If you are currently a business owner or are thinking of starting one up, you might want to consider doing the same. As strange as it may sound to think of God as your partner, God does know the ins and outs of your business better than you do.
Remember, “We build up the feeling of insecurity or security by how we think.” You need to believe that you will overcome your financial struggles. You need to believe that you can become a successful entrepreneur. You need to believe that with God all things are possible.
Positive Thinking Bible Verses
Here are some of the Bible verses that Peale suggested you memorize if you want to become a positive thinker:
“If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” (Isaiah 40:29)
“According to your faith will it be done to you.” (Matthew 9:29)
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24)
What have you done to stay positive in tough times?