Power of Positive Thinking Book Summary

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THE

POWER

OF

POSITIVE THINKING

Table of Contents

1. Weakness……………………………………………………..3

2. Why this book?....................................................................3

3. Synopsis………………………………………………………4

4. How did the book help me overcome my weakness?……..9

WEAKNESS

The weakness on which I was working was pessimism. Pessimism is a state of mind in which one anticipates negative outcomes or believes that the evil, hardships, dangers, displeasures in life outweigh or dominate the good, luxuries, securities or pleasures in life. It affects ones thinking process adversely. It leads to loneliness, doubts on one’s own capabilities and constant anxiety.

I wanted to overcome this weakness, to develop self-confidence and redeem my self-esteem. This would fill my mind and eventually life with more optimism and happiness.

WHY THIS BOOK?

← The book is written Norman Vincent Peale, Father of positive thinking.

← It is a practical, spiritual, direct-action, self-improvement manual.

← Every chapter deals with an aspect of positive thinking.

← The principles and formulas set in this book, if sincerely and persistently practiced will show you an amazing improvement within yourself.

SYNOPSIS

In the first chapter the author deals with the cause of feelings of inferiority and insecurity and ways to overcome them and build self confidence.

Believe in yourself! The author says one should have faith in his abilities. To be successful and happy one must have a humble and reasonable confidence in his powers or capabilities. A sense of inferiority interferes in attainment of goals whereas self-confidence leads to self realization and thus further successful achievement.

According to the author, the sources of inferiority complex are usually some emotional violence done to us in the past or the consequences of certain circumstances or something that we did to ourselves in the past.

The author suggests that to build up feelings of self confidence in oneself the practice of suggesting confidence concepts to one’s mind is very effective. A mind is obsessed by thoughts of insecurity and inadequacy because such ideas have dominated that person’s thinking over a long period of time. Hence, more positive pattern of ideas must be given to the mind and that is accomplished by repetitive suggestion of confidence ideas. Thus, disciplining the mind is required if one has to re-educate it and make it a power producing plant.

We build up the feeling of security or insecurity by the way we think. In our thoughts we constantly fix attention upon sinister expectations of events that might happen, the result we constantly feel insecure. And we have a tendency to create by thought, the very condition we fear. Instead one can create positive results by vital thoughts of courage and confidence.

Attitudes are more important than facts. Any fact facing us, however difficult, even seemingly hopeless, is not as important as our attitude toward that fact. How you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it.

The author further suggests going about your business on the assumption that what you have affirmed and visualized is true. Affirm it, visualize it, believe it, and it will actualize itself. Feelings of confidence depend on the type of thoughts that habitually occupy your mind. Think defeat and you are bound to feel defeated. But practice thinking confident thoughts and you will develop such a strong sense of capacity that regardless of what difficulties arise you will be able to overcome them. Feelings of confidence actually induce strength. Emerson said: "They conquer who believe they can” and "Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain". Thus, practice confidence and faith and your fears and...
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