I have been doing a lot of reading, this year, of books to pick up my spirits, inspire me, and encourage me to build a better future, and life, for myself, in these dificult economic times.
2 of those books, read this summer, were by Norman Vincent Peale, and a 3rd was edited by him, with 10 inspiring chapter introductions.
The Power of Positive Thinking (1952)
Unlock Your Faith-Power Anthology (1957)
You Can If You Think You Can (1974)
These books, being from the 50's to the 70's, one wonders, after reading them, how he, and his ideas, not to mention the 75 stories by mostly famous people, in the Anthology, if encountered for the first time today, would be responded to, in an age when Christians, especially Evangelicals, and Conservative Christians, Tea Partiers, and Conservatives in general, are under frequent attack, and ridicule.
He was controversial in his lifetime, but with modern media outlets, such as Blogs, Twitter, YouTube, & Facebook, one can just imagine the field day some would have. ;-D
Reading Power of Positive Thinking I came away with these things worth pondering, & taking to heart, some even if, like me, you are not Church Going Religious.:
Believe in myself...Believe that things are not going to fall apart.
If I expect the best, I will get the best.
Believe in myself, and have faith in my abilities.
Let nothing disturb me. Let nothing frighten me.
Don't believe in defeat. There is no difficulty that I can't overcome.
The rough is only mental. Think victory, get victory.
Be bold, & mighty forces will come to my aid.
Take a deep breath, & bite off more than I can chew.
It doesn't matter what I did in the past, it only matters what I do in the future.
This is the day which the Lord has made. I will rejoice, and be glad in it!
God is here, & He is with me, & He will see me through.
I thank God for every good thing.
If God is before me, who can be against me?
Faith Power works wonders.
I believe God gives me power to attain what I really want.
I expect the best &, with God's help, will attain the best!
The Lord is the Strength of my life...In this I will be confident!
I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me!
God is with me! God is helping me! God is guiding me!
I am in God's hands. With God all things are possible.
Nothing can defeat me!
I believe God will always make a way where there is no way.
Whatever I believe I can do, I can do with God's help.
From You Can If You Think You Can I came away with these thoughts, and ideas, to ponder, and take to heart:
It's always too soon to quit.
Never talk defeat.
Keeping at it gets results.
If at first you don't succeed, try, try, again!
Do not let circumstances defeat me.
Put my trust in God, and go calmly on my way.
In adversity keep motivated, for often the best comes from difficulty.
Imagine my goal. Hold that image in Consciousness. Keep that image always before me and my goal will materialize.
Keep on believing in myself!
Give life all I've got, and Life will give all it has to me.
Drop the word Impossible from my mental processes.
I can make the Impossible, possible.
I can be greater than anything that can happen to me.
Have motivation, deep inner self-belief, and never let anyone, or anything, take it from me.
Be proud I live in a country where miracles can happen- where I can make my dreams come true.
Always think upbeat - think hopefully.
Always be on the lookout for the big idea that can change my life.
Know that I am myself a miracle. And belive I can make miracle happen - by thinking, praying, believing, working, and by helping people.
Remember that miracles are made by people who can because they think they can.
If I love life, life will love me back.
Nature siphons off boredom.
Practice excited thinking until you become excited.
Things are better than they seem.
Keep thinking, keep moving, keep participating.
Never think of failing!
Keep my courage high. Hang on. Keep at it. Don't think of giving up. It may be tough going, but I have something to bring to the world if I just keep working at it, and I can come through if I just rememberthere's something big to work for, and keep focused on it.
All the resources I need are in my mind.
Stop telling myself that I'm scared, and worried, and start thinking courage. Practice affirming confidence.
I have within me the capacity to handle anything that come at me.
I am greater than I ever considered myself to be.
Every disadvantage can be turned into an advantage.
Ideas are bound to come if I really think. Anyone can think himself out of any difficulty, even the hardest problems.
My future is not determined by circumstances over which I have no control, but by proper mental outlook over which i do have control.
I must learn to develope a rightness in thinking...a positive outlook will create the conditions of a better future.
The tests of life are not to break me, but to make me.
Healthy thoughts can make one well.
Keep my sense of humor.
I have what it takes to meet obstacles, spritual, and mental, qualities, within me which give me what it takes to overcome even the seemingly impossible.
Know what I want, and believe I can have it.
Do my best, and leave the result to God
Use my creative imagination, and see, or imagine, 100,000 people/cats reading Meowsings someday, maybe even buying Meowsings books, and stuff...Hee, hee! ;-D
Always know for a fact - I can, if I think I can!
A lot of things to think about as I move forward with my life.
I do not know what the future may hold, but I am determined to think positively about that future, and work toward making it happen.