The Original Positive Thinker

UPDATED: May 11, 2024
PUBLISHED: February 25, 2009

Norman Vincent Peale, the father of positive thinking, still inspires us today. Below are helpful tips from Peale to keep you thinking positively:

“When you wholeheartedly adopt a with-all-your-heart attitude and go all out with the positive principle, you can do incredible things.”

“Go forward confidently, energetically attacking problems, expecting favorable outcomes.”

“When you become detached mentally from yourself and concentrate on helping other people with their difficulties, you will be able to cope with your own more effectively. Somehow, the act of self-giving is a personal power-releasing factor.”

“One way to become enthusiastic is to look for the plus sign. To make progress in any difficult situation, you have to start with what’s right about it and build on that.”

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”

“If you want to get somewhere you have to know where you want to go and how to get there. Then never, never, never give up.”

“The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.”

“Never talk defeat. Use words like hope, belief, faith, victory.”

“Joy increases as you give it, and diminishes as you try to keep it for yourself. In giving it, you will accumulate a deposit of joy greater than you ever believed possible.”

“You can have peace of mind, improved health and an ever-increasing flow of energy. Life can be full of joy and satisfaction.”

“How you think about a problem is more important than the problem itself – so always think positively.”

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

“If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations, you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal.”

“We’ve all heard that we have to learn from our mistakes, but I think it’s more important to learn from successes. If you learn only from your mistakes, you are inclined to learn only errors.”

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