Sunday, August 2, 2009


Faith. Positive thinking. Hope. Optimism. A glimmer of possibility like the sun peeking out from behind a cloud. Like the sun, blessed assurance is there and it shines brightly even when we can't see it because of the clouds in our lives. It is what gets us out of bed in the morning and gives us the strength to keep getting up when we fall.

I recently read the following excerpt from The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale about channeling negative feelings into positive attitudes leading to inner peace and real accomplishments. These five reminders are great affirmations to increase your faith and confidence. I thought these were good reminders to print out and stick somewhere.

1. Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold onto this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop this picture. Never think of yourself as failing; never doubt the reality of the mental image. That is most dangerous, for the mind always tries to complete what it pictures. So always picture "success" no matter how badly things seem to be going at the moment.

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

3. Do not build up obstacles in your imagination. Depreciate every so-called obstacle. Minimize them. Difficulties must be studied and efficiently dealt with to be eliminated, but they must be seen for only what they are. They must not be inflated by fear thoughts.

4. Do not be awestruck by other people and try to copy them. Nobody can be you as efficiently as YOU can. Remember also that most people, despite their confident appearance and demeanor, are often as scared as you are and as doubtful of themselves.

5. Put yourself in God's hands. Believe you are now receiving all the power you need. Feel it flowing through you. Affirm that "the kingdom of God is within you" (Luke 17:21) in the form of adequate power to meet life's demands. Remind yourself that God is with you and nothing can defeat you.

In it to win it


Anonymous said...

Thank-you for this post! I really need this :o)

GG said...

I'm so glad it helped! Stay encouraged :)

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