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#210: The Power of Positive Thinking

Monday, January 25, 2010

In "The Power of Positive Thinking" author Norman Vincent Peale relates a story of meeting a newspaper editor.

"How did you get to be the editor of this important paper?" Peale asked him.

"I wanted to be," the editor replied.

"Is that all there is to it? You wanted to be and so there you are?"

"Well, that may not be all of it, but that was a large part of the process. I believe that if you want to get somewhere, you must decide definitely where you want to be or what you want to accomplish."

Have you decided definitely what you want? To lose weight? How much? By when? Make it definite.

The editor continued, "Be sure it is a right objective, then photograph this objective on your mind and hold it there. Work hard, believe in it, and the thought will become so powerful that it will tend to assure success."

Do you have your goal in mind? Do you picture your success throughout the day?

"There is a deep tendency," the editor said, "to become what your mind pictures, provided you hold the mental picture strongly enough and if the objective is sound."

Don't expect to lose 50 pounds overnight. But, 2-4 pounds a week? Imminently achievable if you work hard and plant the picture of the new you solidly in your mind.

Positive thinking works if you believe it does and if you allow positive thoughts to permeate your thinking. Become one with the new you and work daily toward your goal.

Take it one meal, one exercise, one positive day at a time, believe you can succeed and you will. Of that I'm positive.
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    A good reminder to think positive. Thanks!
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    Thanks Lou for the excellent reminder! Positive thinking and visualizations can be such powerful motivators.

    4053 days ago
    Excellent! Thank you for reminding me that I need to continually visualize to myself the results of my goals: weight, strength, and emotional health! emoticon
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    What a great blog! I've always been a positive thinker and just got off of the phone with a dear old friend trying to turn her negitivity into positive thoughts.Thanks for sharing:)
    4053 days ago
    Great blog! We have to keep on keeping on! Looking forward.. not back.

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    I so agree with positive thinking and know so many negative thinking people. You have to feel sorry for the poor souls. Thanks, Lou!
    4053 days ago
    Absolutely true! Thanks for a great reminder that we must "see it to achieve it".
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    Very true! I've had an image in my mind of myself running down the street. It's been there for about 10 years, but I'm just now grabbing onto that image and getting closer to becoming it - becoming ME. It's so interesting to me how our minds work.

    Another great post, friend!
    4053 days ago
    I'm in agreement with you!
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  • DKAB55
    I love Norman Vincent Peale. And I love the way he wrote about positive thinking, so eloquent, so delightful!
    Do they still publish Guidepost...great read!

    Another way to say it, from one of my favorites and yours, Zig called it "Stinkin Thinkin"…not as eloquent but just as delightful and you certainly understand his meaning.

    4053 days ago
    An excellent reminder!
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