The Power of Positive Thinking: 10 Traits for Maximum Results

The Power of Positive Thinking: 10 Traits for Maximum Results

by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale


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An international bestseller with over five million copies in print, The Power of Positive Thinking has helped men and women around the world to achieve fulfillment in their lives through Dr. Norman Vincent Peale’s powerful message of faith and inspiration.

In this phenomenal bestseller, “written with the sole objective of helping the reader achieve a happy, satisfying, and worthwhile life,” Dr. Peale demonstrates the power of faith in action. With the practical techniques outlined in this book, you can energize your life—and give yourself the initiative needed to carry out your ambitions and hopes. You’ll learn how to:

· Believe in yourself and in everything you do
· Build new power and determination
· Develop the power to reach your goals
· Break the worry habit and achieve a relaxed life
· Improve your personal and professional relationships
· Assume control over your circumstances
· Be kind to yourself

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743234801
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 02/11/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 8,127
Product dimensions: 8.38(w) x 5.44(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Norman Vincent Peale, one of the most influential clergymen of his time, is the author of forty-six books, including the international bestseller The Power of Positive Thinking. Dr. Peale's legacy continues today through the Peale Center for Christian Living, the Outreach Division of Guideposts, www.dailyguide

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Power of Positive Thinking 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 130 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's such a simple and effective concept, that positive thinking creates a positive life, yet hard to do at times- which is a good reason alone to read this book. Most everything we accomplish each day starts out as a thought. Thoughts flash across our minds each day, all day long, and directly influence how we feel and what we do. So, if you spend your day thinking about negative things, expect to feel bad. On the other hand, if you spend your day concentrating on positive things, good things will happen. And that's basically the purposeand premise of this book- to change your thinking for the better, which in turn will influences your life. The book will "reset your sights" so to speak. Each chapter of the book tackles important life issues, such as worrying, creating happiness, having energy, etc. Examples of the principles abound, and each chapter ends with a nice summary. An inspiring and entertaining read, I recommend this book to anyone who needs a little nudge in the direction of positive thinking. Know though, that there is a definite religious tone throughout the book, which could bother some. Those looking for something a little more in the physical rather than cognitive realm to pick you up, might be better off with a book like "Exercise Beats Depression".
BlockM More than 1 year ago
I used a highlighter and still refer back to key sections of this book weekly. This book can be a life-changer if you re-visit the book frequently upon completion. You'll need to have a Christian belief system to get the full value as the author refers to biblical passages throughout his writing. This book has helped calm down my mind. It has helped me take a more unselfish approach to life. And it has slowed my pace down. I am grateful I read this book and would recommend it to anyone searching to tweak/overhaul their mental approach to life. But remember, use a highlighter and re-visit the text, otherwise it'll wear off in a week or two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whether you're a firm believer in Christ or of a strictly scientific evidence type of mind, this book can and will be of immense help and inspiration. It is very easy to read, yet full of techniques and procedures to get you the life you want. The only requirement from you is to give it an honest try.
TMusso More than 1 year ago
I was given this book at the beginning of my divorce over 10 years ago. Not only did it help me through some very rough times, but it helped change my attitude towards my then toddlers as as single parent. Negative thoughts can weigh you down and keep you from achieving a full and happy life. By working to give worries and negativity to God, we can free ourselves for a better life. I recently bought two copies of the book for gifts. One was for my mom, who is going through some hard times. She gave me my original copy so I wanted to remind her that it is always useful. The second copy was for my best friend's 22 year old. She is always worried and seems to get sick a lot. After reading the book, I can already see an improvement in her health and her outlook. The changes that I made based on this book have affected my life in so many ways it is impossible to count. The best thing is being positive and remembering to 'give it to God' when I am not. I often wonder how people who hold grudges and worry constantly can get things done. I know that I can get through anything with God and the power of positive thinking on my side.
BDT More than 1 year ago
I have read the "Power of Positive Thinking" numerous times and I never get tired of it's content. It's teachings and principles are as prudent today as when it was written - perhaps more so. Each reading helps me to get a new and stronger perspective of how to, first, think, then live in accordance with "nature's" laws (or spiritual). When the "going gets tough", I find it a book of much inspiration to keep my thinking up there and in positive, optimistic and overcoming framework. This book is one of my reading "staples" and is always kept in front on my bookshelf for an uplift when needed. Dr. Peale certainly understood the human person, our frailities - how life could be for us all and what it doesn't have to be, based on spiritual teachings - not religion. A must read often.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Norman Vincent Peale is such a wise man. I read this book when I was in a very troubling scenario. By reading this book it made me realize that dwelling on the negatives wasn¿t going to make my situation any better. So I did what the book explains, try to focus on the positive factors of the situation your in. This helped me through some very troubling times and it made all the difference. This book saved me in many many ways, mainly from becoming demotivated. Overall I really loved this book, and would definitely recommend it to any reader.
ibett More than 1 year ago
I believe that it is a really old fashioned book about the power of positive thinking. Being raised by my grandfather he told me about many of these subjects that are in the book. I think that it provides a good reminder that we really become the person that we believe we are. We are what we think and speak. It really doesn't take much some days to shake off that negative feeling but other days it may seem impossible. It is a good inspirational read to jolt you back on track.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A friend gave me this book after I told him I enjoyed the positive thinking preached in Rhonda Byrne's The Secret, but did not like that it neglects God. He gave me this book. In it, Mr. Peale suggests simple ways to change your thinking and your life by focusing on positive affirmations - many from the Bible. He is not at all preachy but disarmingly down-to-earth and honest, and includes numerous anecdotes to support his recommendations. The writing is a bit old-fashioned, but I find it part of its charm. I have actively incorporated his suggestions for a week now and already feel less anxious, more optimistic and more in control of my life.
lori_ More than 1 year ago
I read this book years ago when I was a teenager. I was unaware of it being based on the Christian beliefs. However, from the day I finished reading the book, I have put the teachings of being positive no matter what life deals out to me (and there have been several). All of my friends and family have pointed out that I am a very optimistic and positive person, no matter what. I know that this book changed my entire frame of mind and I continue to practice those same positive thoughts all the time. I wouldn't really consider this so much a religious based book as one of spirituality and using my own logical mind is how I always focused on this book and the help it has given me. I have recommended a few of my friends who are going through tough times that they need to read this book because it helped me and one friend of mine has told me that I am so much better at being positive than her and I'm an amazing role model for her as she has taken my advice and is in the process of changing her thoughts to being more positive to help her. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to change their lives for the better with having a positive and optimistic attitude all the time.
m_hall-1 More than 1 year ago
I have read this book over and over for 26 years. During this time in my life, I had to re-read it. I could not find my copy so I purchased another.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Norman Vincent Peale's book (CD) is a timeless, very relevant read. I recently faced a cancer scare and reading his book gave me a lot of hope. He integrates the spirtual with the practical and provides a useful tool to living well. I highly recommend this book to anyone ready to move to the next level in their life.
RaineyLV More than 1 year ago
I read this book over twenty years ago and still use what I learned from it in my everyday life. I purchace one to give away and when I run accross a person in my life with a major challenge in their life, I give it to them. Recently a friend developed Cancer and I put together a tote bag I call her "Inspiration Bag" and I fill it with positive things. When she goes to Chemo treatments, she takes her bag. This book is included. I learned through this book if you keep a positive frame of mind a person can help heal alot of things, whether it is physical or spiritual. It's Life changing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has an inspirational quality that stands alone. Reading it will give you hope.
Crown360 More than 1 year ago
I'm going to take back my Real Life starting "now"!!! Thank you, King of Kings, loving friend, Holy Spirit, Redemer, in Jesus name.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is everything that everyone has described about it. The information and techniques can be used over and over and are timeless. It is important to mention that there are frequent references to the bible so an openness to Christian faith is advised. I re-read parts of the book a second time to help me through a difficult life experience so it's wonderful to have this book to hold onto and reference for years to come.
Candace Carbullido More than 1 year ago
When first published in 1952 he talks about dealing with such a fast paced in 2011 his view & solutions still work wonderfully. It's been years sinced I last picked up this book. I just love his thoughts & writing and so glad I could add it to my Nook library. .
Mark_rev More than 1 year ago
I can't recall the day I brought this book, but it has been laying around the house in many locations. Every time I read a portion of it, it simply inspire me. I just need to have it my nook has a companion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are ready for a change in your life? Open your eyes to the power of your personal attitude.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a guide to faith-based self-improvement, this book is, well, the bible. In one of the earliest contemporary self-help books, famed clergyman Norman Vincent Peale explains how you can overcome any obstacle, internal or external, through the dynamic combination of the 'science of faith' with psychological counseling and modern medicine. He teaches you how to banish the negative thoughts that cause fear and failure, and replace them with 'the power of positive thinking.' In this warm, faith-based book, first published 1952, he teaches readers his approach to solving problems and accepting yourself. He advocates using the New Testament and prayer to attain peace, happiness, love and success. The catch is, you must be one of the faithful to take full advantage of Peale¿s Christian teachings. His classic bestseller is more than a warm, if slightly quaint, self-help book. It¿s a cultural icon, filled with old-time religion and practical examples. We recommend it as a touchstone in this genre. If you want to walk this path, Peale got here first. In fact, many of today¿s self-development bestsellers have their roots in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very uplifting. Will continue to keep reading. God Bless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent Work! Enjoy every time I listen and read his books. So grateful for he shared his work with the public. Marvelously done!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have ever picked up and I am okay with not putting it down. This book has truly given me a different perspective on my thoughts.
NeoIbarra69 More than 1 year ago
Used this book while I was reviewing for my nursing boards more than 20 years ago. Now that I'm transitioning to another career that involves a test of will and spirit, this book carries the same message and validity of what Dr Peale tried to preach a century ago. A must have for individuals who are struggling in this economy, for those going through difficult challenges in life in this present age, for those trying to find inspiration so they can dig deep into themselves, and for those who continue to believe even in this seemingly negative and downtrodden world!!!
sfsd More than 1 year ago
A book I am now re-reading to keep all these valuable principles fresh in my mind and in use on a daily basis. It's all so basic and it works.
Guillermo38 More than 1 year ago
This book, along with prayer and my faith, has truly changed the way I live and doing things. I have been so enlighten by the words of Mr. Peale. I have learned to have self confidence, how to eliminate my stress and live of life of optimism, zest, and most of all hope. I would recommend it highly even if you possess all of the things listed above.