The Power of Positive thinking Summary

Author : Norman Vincent Peale 

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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 sound self-confidence you can succeed. 

Chapter : Believe in Yourself 
Author Says the greatest secret for eliminating the inferiority complex, which is another term for deep and profound self-doubt, is to fill your mind to overflowing with faith. 
Lack of self-confidence apparently is one of the great problems besetting people today. Your inner powers will reassert themselves and, with the help of God, lift you from defeat to victory.
One of the most powerful concepts, one which is a sure cure for lack of confidence, is the thought that God is actually with you and helping you.
Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.
Here Author Says Practice confidence and faith and your fears and insecurities will soon have no power over you.
Chapter : A Peaceful Mind Generate Power
The essence of the secret lies in a change of mental attitude. The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence.
The chief struggle then in gaining mental peace is the effort of revamping your thinking to the relaxed attitude of acceptance of God’s gift of peace.
A primary method for gaining a mind full of peace is to practice emptying the mind. Practice emptying your mind of fears, hates, insecurities, regrets, and guilt feelings. 
Start filling your mind with creative and healthy thoughts.
Practice the technique of suggestive articulation, that is, repeat audibly some peaceful words. The words we speak have a direct and definite effect upon our thoughts.
Author Says Effective technique in developing a peaceful mind is the daily practice of silence.
Chapter : How to have Constant Energy
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.
Author Says The body is designed to produce all needed energy over an amazingly long period of time. If the individual takes reasonable care of his body from the standpoint of proper diet, exercise, sleep, no physical abuse, the body will produce and maintain astonishing energy and sustain itself in good health.
Chapter : Try Prayer Power
“Every problem can be solved and solved right if you pray.”
Prayer is the greatest power available to the individual in solving his personal problems.
Prayer driven deeply into your subconscious can remake you. One of the important functions of prayer is as a stimulus to creative ideas.
Pray for people you do not like or who have mistreated you. Resentment is blockade number one of spiritual power.
The more you pray for other people, especially those not connected with you, the more prayer results will come back to you. 
Simply practice thinking about God. This will make your mind spiritually receptive.
Chapter : How to Create Your own Happiness
Here Author Says 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.
The happiness habit is developed by simply practicing happy thinking. Make a mental list of happy thoughts and pass them through your mind several times every day.
God is here and He is with me and He will see me through. I thank God for every good thing.
 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.
Forget self, think of others. Do as you would be done by.
Chapter : Stop Fuming and Fretting
We need to stop fuming and fretting and get peaceful if we are to have power to live effectively.
Do not fume. Do not fret. Practice being peaceful. Practice “the peace of God which passeth all understanding.
Do not fume. Do not fret. Practice being peaceful.
Think of your mind as the surface of a lake in a storm, tossed by waves and in tumult. But now the waves subside, and the surface of the lake is placid and unruffled.
Sit relaxed in a chair. Completely yield yourself to the chair. Starting with your toes and proceeding to the top of your head, conceive of every portion of the body as relaxing. 
Chapter : Expect the Best and Get It  
Expecting the best means that you put your whole heart (i.e., the central essence of your personality) into what you want to accomplish.
People are defeated in life not because of lack of ability, but for lack of wholeheartedness.
A major key to success in this life, to attaining that which you deeply desire, is to be completely released and throw all there is of yourself into your job or any project in which you are engaged.
Life cannot deny itself to the person who gives life his all.
Beware of what you want for you will get it.
Never think of the worst. Drop it out of your thought, relegate it. 
Make it your obsession. Expect the best, and spiritually creative mind power aided by God power will produce the best.
You can overcome any obstacle. You can achieve the most tremendous things by faith power.
The power of faith is so tremendous that there is nothing that Almighty God cannot do for us.
The most powerful force in human nature is the spiritual-power technique taught in the Bible. Very astutely the Bible emphasizes the method by which a person can make something of himself. Faith, belief, positive thinking, faith in God, faith in other people, faith in yourself, faith in life.
Chapter : I Don’t Believe in Defeat
Here Author Says If you talk to your subconscious mind with that positiveness , in due course it will be convinced. One reason is because you are now feeding it positive thoughts.
Your mental attitude is the most important factor. Believe that Almighty God has put in you the power to lift yourself out of the rough by keeping your eye firmly fixed on the source of your power.
Author says the first thing to do about an obstacle is simply to stand up to it and not complain about it or whine under it but forthrightly attack it. Don’t go crawling through life on your hands and knees half-defeated. Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them.
Author says your subconscious, which always resents any change, may say to you, “You don’t believe any such thing.” But remember that your subconscious mind in a sense is one of the greatest liars in existence.
Your obstacles are present all right. They are not fanciful, but they are not actually so difficult as they seem. Your mental attitude is the most important factor.

Break The Worry Habit

Practice emptying the mind daily. This should be done preferably before retiring at night to avoid the retention by the consciousness of worries while you sleep.

Author says the process of mind drainage is important in overcoming worry, for fear thoughts, unless drained off, can clog the mind and impede the flow of mental and spiritual power.

Imagination is a source of fear, but imagination may also be the cure of fear. “Imagineering” is the use of mental images to build factual results, and it is an astonishingly effective procedure.

You became a worrier by practicing worry. You can become free of worry by practicing the opposite and stronger habit of faith. With all the strength and perseverance you can command, start practicing faith.

Cultivate friendships with hopeful people. Surround yourself with friends who think positive, faith-producing thoughts and who contribute to a creative atmosphere.

Power to Solve Problems of Life

Author says christianity teaches that in all the difficulties, problems, and circumstances of this life God is close by. We can talk to Him, lean upon Him, get help from Him, and have the inestimable benefit of His interest, support, and help. 

A person who develops a working faith does not allow these powers to lie dormant, but in proportion to his faith brings many of them into play in connection with normal activity.

Go to church and let your subconscious work on the problem as you attune to the mood of worship. Creative spiritual thinking has amazing power to give “right” answers.

If you follow these steps faithfully, then the answer that develops in your mind, or comes to pass, is the right answer to your problem.

How to Use Faith in Healing

Author say pray for the doctor. Realize that God uses trained human instrumentality to aid His healing powers. As one doctor has put it, “We treat the patient and God heals him.”

Author say whatever you do, do not become panicky or filled with fear, for if you do, you will send out negative thoughts and therefore destructive thoughts in the direction of your loved one when he requires positive and healing thoughts to assist him.

Form a picture in your mind of the loved one as being well. Visualize him in perfect health. Picture him as radiant with the love and goodness of God. The conscious mind may suggest sickness, even death, but nine tenths of your mind is in the subconscious. Let the picture of health sink into the subconscious and this powerful part of your mind will send forth radiant health energy.

Author says be perfectly natural. Ask god to heal your loved one. That is what you want with all your heart, so ask Him please to do it, but we suggest that you say please just once.

The Power of positive Thinking Quotes

Pray as you go about the business of the day, on the subway or bus or at your desk. Utilize minute prayers by closing your eyes to shut out the world and concentrating briefly on God’s presence. The more you do this every day the nearer you will feel God’s presence.

Do not always ask when you pray, but instead affirm that God’s blessings are being given, and spend most of your prayers giving thanks.

Never use a negative thought in prayer. Only positive thoughts get results.

Always express willingness to accept God’s will. Ask for what you want, but be willing to take what God gives you. It may be better than what you ask for.
Practice the attitude of putting everything in God’s hands. Ask for the ability to do your best and to leave the results confidently to God.

Pray for people you do not like or who have mistreated you. Resentment is blockade number one of spiritual power.

Make a list of people for whom to pray. The more you pray for other people, especially those not connected with you, the more prayer results will come back to you.

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