Norman Vincent Peale

Norman Vincent

American Minister, Professional Speaker and Motivational/Inspirational Writer advocating "Positive Thinking"

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Believe and create is a basic fact of successful living.

First thing every morning before you arise say out loud, ''I believe,'' three times.

Just a moment ago nature put on one of its most spectacular demonstrations.The widest rainbow I have ever seen stretched from the lake over a high snow-clad mountain to touch down in a deep valley in the Alps. There was about this gigantic rainbow a deep benediction of peace and hope. But as ineffable as nature is in the effect of natural beauty on the mind, it cannot match the peace of God in its healing effect on the human mind.

Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan.

The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence.

When obstacles or difficulties arise, the positive thinker takes them as creative opportunities. He welcomes the challenge of a tough problem and looks for ways to turn it to advantage.

Believe that problems do have answers. Believe that they can be overcome. Believe that they can be handled. And finally, believe that you can solve them.

God is vitality. God is life. God is energy.

Know that you yourself are a miracle.

Practice hope. As hopefulness becomes a habit, you can achieve a permanently happy spirit.

The mind, ever the willing servant, will respond to boldness, for boldness, in effect, is a command to deliver mental resources.

When Ty Cobb got on first base he had an apparently nervous habit of kicking the bag. ... By kicking the bag hard enough Cobb could move it a full two inches closer to second base. He figured that this improved his chances for a steal, or for reaching second base safely on a hit.

Build yourself up by competing with yourself.

God loves you. God doesn't want anyone to be hungry and oppressed. He just puts his big arms around everybody and hugs them up against himself.

Let a series of happy thoughts run through your mind. They will show on your face.

Principle. Act as if, and that which you practice will tend to be.

The more jealousy one has in his nature the more critical he is of those who have accomplished things. If you are critical and mouthing negativisms it could be that your own failures are caused by a mixed-up, hate-filled mind. A sign of mental health is to be glad when others achieve, and to rejoice with them. Never compare yourself or your achievements with others, but make your comparisons only with yourself. Maintain a constant competition with yourself. This will force you to attain higher standards and achievements. Do not defeat yourself by holding spiteful or jealous thoughts. Think straight, with love, hope and optimism and you will attain victory in life.

When you pray for anyone you tend to modify your personal attitude toward him. You lift the relationship thereby to a higher level. The best in the other person begins to flow out toward you as your best flows toward him. In the meeting of the best in each a higher unity of understanding is established.

But optimism infuses the mind with confidence and builds up belief in oneself.

Great issues develop from small beginnings.

Life's blows cannot break a person whose spirit is warmed at the fire of enthusiasm

Realize that there are no hopeless situations; there are only people who take hopeless attitudes.

The Plus Factor makes its appearance in a person's life in proportion as that person is in harmony with God and His universal laws.

Whenever a negative thought concerning your personal power comes to mind, deliberately voice a positive one to cancel it out.

By success, of course, I do not mean that you may become rich, famous, or powerful for that does not, of necessity, represent achievement. Indeed, not infrequently, such individuals represent pathetic failure as persons. By success I mean the development of mature and constructive personality. Through the application of the principle of constructive thinking you can attain your worthy goals. The natural outcome of living by creative principles is creative results. Believe and create is a basic fact of successful living.

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American Minister, Professional Speaker and Motivational/Inspirational Writer advocating "Positive Thinking"