- Promise yourself success at the beginning of each day, and you’ll be surprised how often things will turn out that way.
- A positive thinker does not refuse to recognize the negative; he refuses to dwell on it. Positive thinking is a form of thought that habitually looks for the best results from the worst conditions
- The way to happiness: Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Scatter sunshine, forget self, think of others. Try this for a week and you will be surprised.
- Believe you can, and you can. Belief is one of the most powerful of all problem dissolvers. When you believe that a difficulty can be overcome, you are more than halfway to victory over it already.
- Confidently receive God’s abundant blessings. Think abundance, prosperity, and the best of everything.
- If you want a quality, act as if you already have it. If you want to be courageous, act as if you were – and as you act and persevere in acting, so you tend to become.
- Positive Thinkers get positive results because they appreciate the inestimable value of a day, this day, not the next day, but this day, and every day. Today offers at least sixteen waking hours that may be crammed FULL of opportunity, joy, excitement, and achievement.
- Never let any mistake cause you to stop believing in yourself. Learn from it and go on.
- People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.
- Watch your manner of speech if you wish to develop a peaceful state of mind. Start each day by affirming peaceful, contented and happy attitudes and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful.
- If you want things to be different, perhaps the answer is to become different yourself.
- Whatever your problem, no matter how difficult, you can release spiritual power sufficient to solve your problem. The secret is–pray and believe.
Norman Vincent Peale was a Pastor who developed a blend of psychotherapy and Christianity based on the idea that nearly all basic problems are personal. Norman Vincent Peale was born in the small Ohio town of Bowersville on May 31, 1898, son of the local Methodist minister. The family moved frequently, in the Methodist itinerant tradition. They were not wealthy, and young Peale earned money delivering papers, working in a grocery store, and selling pots and pans door-to-door.
Peale and Smiley Blanton, a psychoanalyst, established a religio-psychiatric outpatient clinic next door to the church. The two men wrote books together, notably Faith Is the Answer: A Psychiatrist and a Pastor Discuss Your Problems (1940). In 1951 this blend of psychotherapy and religion grew into the American Foundation of Religion and Psychiatry, with Peale serving as president and Blanton as executive director.
Peale started a radio program, “The Art of Living,” in 1935. Under sponsorship of the National Council of Churches he moved into television when it was invented. In the meantime he had begun to write books: The Art of Living (1937), A Guide to Confident Living (1948), and most notably, The Power of Positive Thinking (1952).
In 1984 Peale was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Ronald Reagan. In that same year, after 52 years at the pulpit, Peale retired from preaching as a Pastor. For the next seven years he spoke to an average of 100 groups a year with a live audience numbering millions and made frequent television and radio appearances.
Norman Vincent Peale died at his home in Pawling, New York on December 24, 1993, at the age of 95.