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?