The Power of Positive Thinking will show you that the roots of success lie in the mind and teach you how to believe in yourself. It also teaches you how to break the habit of worrying and take control of your life by taking control of your thoughts and changing your attitude. Well, let’s go and have a look at the summary of The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale. This book is a great self-help book such as The Secret, Attitude is Everything, and Man’s Search for Meaning.
Published by: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication Date: October 31, 2008
Genre: Spiritual Growth
Best Sellers Rank: #131 in Audible Books & Originals
Lesson 1: Believe in yourself and visualize your goals to see how small your problems are
Yes, confidence is important because if you feel inferior, you will act inferior. We know confidence alone doesn’t solve all problems. After all, it’s not the same as competence. And telling a kid who’s horrible at math that she’s great won’t make her study more for the next test. When you start a new job and go in on the first day, thinking no one will like you, you will probably screw up and not fit in well.
Well, guess what, you will behave in a way that makes sure it comes true. Even worse, when you then get the feedback that you were right. This drives even more negative thoughts. Thus, starting a vicious cycle, it is up to you to actively change your thoughts and believe that you can bring value wherever you go.
Peel suggests an exercise to help you do that which happens to be backed by science. Visualize your goals and the positive outcomes you want. What should your life look like in six months? Which goals do you want to achieve? This is called mental contrasting and has been proven to cause changes in behavior that last for weeks with as little as a few minutes’ worth of exercise.
Lesson 2: Your attitude determines your entire life
Your world is nothing more than the thoughts you have about your experiences. Of course, all the problems in your life are real, and yes some of them might take a few years to solve like debt or a serious illness. But how you react to those problems is entirely up to you. You might not be able to solve those problems at the push of a button but your attitude is something you can change from one second to the next. Your world and your reality are only determined by what you think about everything you experience in life.
For example, if you leave your house tomorrow morning and are almost hit by a car that breaks at the last second, you can treat this as a bad sign and spend the rest of the day walking around afraid of anything and everything. Alternatively, you can take this experience as a wonderful gift, a miracle even, and live your life to the fullest, enjoying every single second of the day and being grateful. Don’t choose negative thoughts when you can choose positive ones.
Lesson 3: Imagine your life free of worry to become less concerned about the future
Here’s a super meta hack for worrying less. Imagine yourself as a worry-free person in the future. Just imagining that you can live without worry will take a lot of your current worries away. Worry is a major source of stress and thus often leads to heart disease, arthritis, and other sicknesses which cause your life expectancy to go down. So, it is in your best interest to eliminate it wherever possible. Close your eyes, look into the future and imagine yourself a few months or years from now living free from all the worries that currently plague you and you’ll feel much better when you open your eyes again.
Peel calls this draining your mind and it’s especially helpful before going to sleep because then positive thoughts will sink into your subconscious instead of negative ones.