Norman Vincent Peale was an American minister and author. He was a great religious leader.
He was in Bowersville, Ohio, on May 31, 1898. He walked on the spiritual path and, with his engaging sermons, tried to motivate the world as well.
He was known to spread the message of positive thinking and even wrote his most famous book on this particular topic called The Power of Positive Thinking in 1952. He is one of the most influential authors.
He also served as a pastor from 1932 until 1984 in Marble Collegiate Church situated in New York. He studied theological studies at Boston University.
His debutant radio program aired in 1935 named The Art of Living which lasted 54 years. He wrote his first book by the same name, which was published in 1937. A movie was created that depicted his life story called One Man's Way in 1964. There is also a documentary on his life called Positive Thinking: The Norman Vincent Peale Story.
He founded Guideposts after World War 2 and served as the editor of this weekly four-page spiritual leaflet.
This great man's works had been acknowledged, and he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Here are some of his most notable quotes that will inspire you.
Life cannot deny itself to the person who gives life his all.
If you give your full potential in achieving something, life never disappoints you. You have to work, and one day you will be endowed with everything you ever wanted.
If you believe in life, life believes in you.
I discovered that if you expect the worst you will get the worst, and if you expect the best you will get the best.
Whatever you expect, you get. If you are positive in life, then you will receive positivity in life and vice versa. You have to shape your belief system accordingly.
Your thought process reflects your future.
Try to be assertive and have faith. Never dominate your ideas with negativity.
People are not defeated in life because of a lack of ability, but for a lack of wholeheartedness.
Everyone has enough ability to change the world. If you have a dream, then you can accomplish it.
Problem is never in the arts that a person has but with their zest towards it. If you don't put your heart into doing something and don't give your full potential in something, you fail.
You have to embed your passion towards your goals.
The cyclone derives its power from a calm center. So does a person.
A person's strongest prowess comes from their tranquil mind.
When your life is drowning in the river of hurdles, you have to calm yourself down in that situation.
Never rely on the decisions taken up when your mind is bile. You have to learn to find the composed fraction of your soul.
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Change your thoughts and you change your world.
We have fears. We have strengths. And more than often, we let our fear conquer us. Once we allow that, we become weak.
To be able to grab our targets, we need to change our thoughts and ideas. Only then will our world change. Anything is plausible if we let our minds perceive that.
The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.
It is human nature to adore praise and appreciation. And it is also human nature to loathe criticism.
This is a classic problem, we must learn to concede the weakness in us and our works. If someone is stating it for us, we should accept it with grace and revamp it.
It will help you thrive.
Repetition of the same thought or physical action develops into a habit which, repeated frequently enough, becomes an automatic reflex.
When you consistently work on a habit, it becomes a reflective nature of yours.
You have to design your practices by keeping them in mind. Make positive habits, make them an element of your body functions. Once you reach that stair, everything becomes more lenient for you.
Believe in yourself!
If your heart and mind are saying that you're going to make that work successfully, then you must go for it. Have faith in your inclinations. Build self-confidence and practice self-love.
No power can stop you once you accept yourself and have faith in your steps.
Keep your heart free from hate, your mind free from worry.
Fill your life with love and acceptance. If you start to carry the feeling of hatred, you will always be heavy with feelings and stuck.
Life is too short to hate people or things. Let your mind breathe freedom, and let yourself be content.
Relish life. Be festive.
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But any action is better than no action at all.
To do anything, you always have to make that first move. You cannot just sit and do nothing.
Your motivation comes from the works you do. Once you start doing something, you will be fed with new ways to do it.
No matter how dark things seem to be or are, raise your sights and see possibilities – always see them, for they're always there.
There is always the brightest of the sun after the darkest of night. Never give up because there is always a new blessing that is waiting for you.
There are solutions to every problem. There is success after many failures. You only have to have faith.
Never talk defeat.
Even if you fail sometimes, after putting in a lot of effort, it doesn't make you a failure. There always is a second chance or a third chance or even the hundredth chance.
Your win is just around the corner, and to be able to attain that, you would have to face all the failures. So never give up and keep going.
It is of practical value to learn to like yourself.
You are the only person you truly know. You are the closest to yourself. You know your weakness and your strengths. Hence the first and the most top person you should love is yourself.
If you put off everything till you're sure of it, you'll never get anything done.
What needs to be done today must be done today. Don't delay your ambitions. Life is too short for that.
You have to begin today, not tomorrow but today. If you keep post ponding your slogs, you will always be stuck and never be able to succeed.
Life can be full of joy and satisfaction.
Your life is designed with so many beautiful stations. There is excitement in every day. And only those who are willing to find that excitement can find it.
Life could be a hassle if you let it be so.
Life could be the best journey, filled with waves of laughter; it will be for you if you seek it.
If it is, correct yourself.
Norman stated that in the context of critics.
Never ignore the criticisms you face. You listen to them with heart and if there is verity to it, try to filter those blemishes.
It will make you rise. It will make you and your work fresh.
Critics are the most essential part of a successful person's journey.
You will find that the obstacles haven't half the strength you think they have.
Hurdles and obstacles scare us. They make us doubt our abilities.
But remember that you are greater than any problem whatsoever.
You have the power to fight. Your mind contains the pieces of equipment that you need to fight it.
All you need is faith.
Love life and it will love you right back.
Once you look at life in its best way possible, once you start to love it and live it, everything starts to be beautiful to you.
Life gives you what you give life. You will be blessed with so many possibilities if you let your life be the best of all.
How you think about a problem is more important than the problem itself, so always think positively.
Sometimes we arrange a problem in our head that is not the way it exists. Half of the negativity that keeps us consumed is just born from our doubts.
You think of the barriers as just mere parts of life, and don't let them become stronger than you are. You will see things becoming easier than before.
Don't be satisified with a half life.
God has created you for greatness. He has blessed us with strength and competency. Each one of us is destined for the highest sky.
Never try to feel enough when you are not enough. Let yourself fight for that greatness. You have to attain your destiny.