I welcome the future.
For me and millions of others, the past is laced with some hard life lessons; the kind that test us, shape us, and ultimately make us stronger. So, having a rough year isn’t all bad. It’s just uncomfortable. And someday in hindsight, it will all look just right.
Recently I decided to re-visit the classic by Norman Vincent Peale, The Power of Positive Thinking. I was surprised at how much I had let my naturally optimistic mindset get away from me amidst my challenges. As I read the pages, I was awakened to the simple truths of the power of our minds. We literally have the power to shape our lives, in every aspect, based on how we think, what we think, and ultimately; how we act.
I’ll share 5 points from Dr. Peale that I noted as important personal reminders. Perhaps they will awaken something within you as well:
- Do not build up obstacles in your imagination. Depreciate every so-called obstacle. Minimize them. Difficulties must be studied and efficiently dealt with to be eliminated, but they must be seen for only what they are. They must not be inflated by fear thoughts.
- Make a true estimate of your own ability, then raise it 10 percent. Do not become egotistical, but develop a wholesome self-respect. Believe in your own God-given gifts.
- How we think we feel has a definite effect on how we actually feel physically. If your mind tells you that you are tired, the body mechanism, the nerves, and the muscles accept the fact. By supplying attitudes of faith to the mind it can increase energy.
- Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop this picture. Never think of yourself failing; never doubt the reality of the mental image of success. Always picture success no matter how badly things seem to be going at the moment.
- The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have. You won’t have time to think about yourself and get bogged down in your emotional difficulties.
I challenge you to expect great things for yourself from now on.
The best is yet to come.