Be Positive or Lose Out On The Good Things In Life


Although Norman Vincent Peale wrote more than 46 books, he will always be best remembered for “The Power Of Positive Thinking” which he wrote in 1952 and has sold more than 20 million copies in 41 languages. He believed in positive thinking, but……

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Does Positive Thinking Still Work?

From the time I was a little kid growing up in the rural south, I have heard about the importance of having and keeping a positive attitude. This is called positive thinking.

“I truly believe that the ability to stay positive even during stressful circumstances makes bad situations better and good situations great.”

— Michael Von Irvin

Everybody, everywhere is touched by stress. It doesn’t matter how much money you have, where you live, where you work, your type of job, your pay rate, your marital status, or any other factors in your life, stress exists for everybody. But does does positive thinking help make things better or only seem better?

Many people have credited the writings of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, Napoleon Hill, and W. Clement Stone with helping them to become successful and getting through bad circumstances.

When Dr. Peale was asked if positive thinking works all the time, he stated unequivocally, “Yes.”

Famous people throughout history have been quoted as believing in better results through positive thinking.

“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

Donald Trump is quoted as having said that his father knew Dr. Peale and that “The Power Of Positive Thinking” has had a positive effect on his life and career. The Don takes it even farther by explaining that action and effort are also needed for success.

“Get going. Move forward. Aim High. Plan a takeoff. Don’t just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won’t happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you’ll love it up here.”
― Donald Trump

More About Positive Thinking

I consider myself very fortunate to have read the “The Power Of Positive Thinking” written by Dr. Peale, “Success Through A Positive Attitude” written by W. Clement Stone and Napoleon Hill, and “Think And Grow Rich” written by Napoleon Hill at a very young age. I have continued to read these books through my life.


Positive Thinking is not just sitting around doing nothing and expecting great things to happen. And it is not about being aPollyanna – overly optimistic person. It is about being a realist with a positive attitude and a positive outlook.

A winning attitude – It takes hard work and preparation in order to win even with positive thinking.

Having a positive attitude has help me to be successful and happy. And I truly believe that Positive Thinking still works.

– Michael Von Irvin

What do you think?

Some people think that positive thinking involves just sitting around and hoping. Not surprisingly, these same people soon lose their belief in positive thinking. Positive thinking helps you do everything better.

The key word here is do. It takes action for anything to happen.

How do you feel about positive thinking?

Will positive thinking help you to be more happy?

Will positive thinking help you to be more successful?

Does Positive Thinking still work?

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