The Power of Positive Thinking – Book Summary

If you are a passionate person that is intrigued by mysterious theories and if you believe that this existence is more than just fight for survival then this book would certainly create some inner spark within you. Our society treats the religious books as the first self-help guide writings that were used and that are still beneficial for a significant portion of the population. In the new era “The Power of Positive Thinking” is among the very first modern self-help books that the population was introduced to. The renowned priest known by the name of Norman Vincent Peale clarifies how an individual can overwhelm any struggle that occurs either inwardly or externally, through the influential merger that consolidates the “science of faith” with psychological tips and modernized medicine. This book teaches you how to ignore negative sensations, not just thoughts. These phenomena can cause fear, anxiety and even depression; you should replace that mindset with a new one- “The Power of Positive Thinking.”

“The Power of Positive Thinking” was published back in 1952 and quickly it changed thousands of lives. The new mindset that Peale’s book symbolized brought them hope and inner bliss. These individuals slowly started to accept and love their external and internal reality just the way it is without putting any unnecessary effort resisting it. Peale also in his self-help masterpiece quotes and supports the New Testament philosophy and guidance to peace, bliss, love, inner joy and success, therefore, it is not mandatory that only a Christian can read it, but according to Peale’s words a Christian would find it catchier. It represents a cultural symbol; enriched with ancient religion principles and practices, as such it is highly recommended by modern gurus, scientists, psychologists and other experts. You have to understand that this journey can be a bumpy ride it all depends on your surroundings. In fact, if you are familiar with the self-help genre you’ve probably realized till now that many of today’s self-inquiry best-selling books have their foundation based on Peale’s perspective.

Endless inferiority complex and self-doubt issues are affecting many people in modern times, perhaps even more than in medieval centuries. These sensations and inner phenomena are developed since childhood, but Peale advises that everyone can conquer them by facing them openly with a bit of courage and religious faith.

Who is this book for

There is some magic about Self-help books, sometimes people don’t believe in them, or they feel like the authors are exaggerating things, however in most cases, people find them life changing, wonderful and mystical masterpieces that are worth exploring. It is laughable really that these books can sometimes cause mass protests or intolerance among friends because we are all aware of the theory that the world is one big tradition because every individual is holding to its comfort zone. Although we live in a time exposed to fast changes, the majority of the population is still aversive to inner change and mindset development. It is evident that “The Power of Positive Thinking” is targeted for the entire world, the goal is to embark change in perceiving things and help an individual to become more productive and happy.

Author’s expertise and short biography

Norman Vincent Peale was an American-born minister, philosopher, and an author that lived in the 20th century. He was born on  May 31, 1989, in Bowersville Ohio where he spent his childhood, after a long and fruitful career Peale passed away on December 24, 1993, in Pawling, New York. Without any doubt, he will be remembered as one of the world’s most influential personalities of the twentieth century.  Norman Vincent Peale published almost 50 inspirational books, and among them is his bestseller “The Power of Positive Thinking” that inspired millions and continues to do so.

Key Lessons from “The Power of Positive Thinking”

  1.       How to find that Inner-peace that every human being craves for
  2.       The difference between negative and positive thinking
  3.       Actualize your goals by praying

How to find that Inner-peace that every human being craves for

Is it even possible for a person to experience a state of total awareness and peace? If so, an individual must look deeply at the root of the problem, not only the “consequences” that came out of it. This simple advice is enough for an individual to evolve from a state of personhood to a stateless state of total awareness and wisdom, that easily disregards and discredits all fearful, regretful and meaningless thoughts and sensations. Peale tries to inspire people, by providing them the opportunity to once again revive that childhood innocence and state of total godliness from within. He advises people to utilize their most precious and pleasant memories, move from noisy places and find a quiet and peaceful one. The next step is to remain thoughtless for at least 15 minutes each day; of course, Peale doesn’t expect that thoughts would not occur, but you have to ignore them and change them with more optimistic ones, that is the whole key to a blissful inner state.

“The difference between negative and positive thinking.”

Your background shapes your thoughts and your thoughts affect your inner feelings. This simple logic leads you to realization that-negative thoughts are responsible for anxiety and failures, while positives ones are representatives of godly nature and energy that contribute to overall success and happiness.

“Actualize your goals by praying.”

Every person is familiar with that old-school saying- “Hard work pays off, ” and almost anything is possible if a significant amount of effort and energy are pointed towards an ultimate goal. Peale gives this saying one a little bit different connotation; he adds praying and honest behavior as an integral part of a peaceful state and outward prosperity that we’ve mentioned above.  According to “The Power of Positive Thinking,” every person that is subjected to praying must go through three key phases:

  1. “Prayerize” – Develop a daily habit.
  2. “Picturize” – Visualize the thing you want to become or to have.
  3. “Actualize” – Realize these goals.

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