The Power of Positive Thinking

August 2, 2010 — 11 Comments

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

One of the first “motivational” books I ever read was one by Norman Vincent Peale. His book titled Power of Positive Thinking was an instant bestseller when it was published in 1952 and sold over twenty million copies to date. Dr. Peale formulated a three-step process for positive thinking: the first step involves prescribed exercises, the second attaining divine power, and the last urges to eliminate negativity in your life.

When faced with a problem, it’s natural for most of us to feel defeated or to feel negative. Problems inherently breed negativity. But unless you just arrived from Neptune, you’ve already heard that a negative attitude will never be compatible with attaining happiness and success. Get stuck in a negative groove, and the negativity will radiate into everything you do.

Dr. Peale believed how you think about a problem is more important that the problem itself. Today, his philosophy has been translated into “thinking out of the box,” which is nothing more that looking at things from a unique perspective. When you’re able to do that, you can find new ways to resolve your problem. And, at the same time, your enthusiasm and positive attitude toward your job are reinvigorated. It speaks to your faith in yourself. If you’re able to think positively and eliminate negativity, good things are going to happen to you.

What type of exercises are you currently using to help turn negative actions into positive ones. How have the results been?

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  • Seth M. Baker

    I used to scoff at the idea of positive thinking. Why? I believed positive thinking mean only to have a Pollyanna-ish attitude or to 'just think happy thoughts.' I thought the cheapened and simplified pop culture definition was the correct one.

    Now that I'm a little older, I've come to understand that positive thinking is more like pro-active thinking. Rather than looking at a problem as some negative thing to deal with, I (try to) look at it as some challenge.
    Positive thinking, for me, is less about attitude and more about approach; less about getting angry and more like thinking towards a solution. It's about gauging and controlling my own reaction towards a problem/challenge.

  • Geoff Snyder

    Hi Seth, thank you for taking a moment and sharing your thoughts and approaches to this post, I always appreciate an opportunity to engage with my readers.

    I think we have had, and currently still do possess the same views about finding the solution to the root of a problem. For me, I work hard at keeping positive so that problems don't occur. As goes for the saying “no sense in putting on a band-aid if the scratch can be avoided.”

    Again, thank you for your input.