What a great refresher from book #7’s gloom and dark subject. This book I’ve read before, when I just started reading non-fiction books, but I barely remember anything. I decided to re-read this book for it may provide insights and a new understanding. It’s relatively old, published in 1952, but there’s great truths told in this book that may could be useful to anyone. Enjoy the eighth one.
The Power of Positive Thinking
Before I started reading this book again I was unaware of the focus it portrays on religion, faith, prayer and God. And truthfully, I don’t know if I would’ve started reading this if I was aware, but since I did I found valuable information. Although the focus is merely on religion and related it serves as a great guidebook for things that are important to focus on in life. And from my scarce knowledge of the Bible and religion, that’s what’s focused on as well: becoming a better person.
The heavy focus on religion, prayer, faith, God, Jesus and the Bible may scare non-religious people off. And truth be told, I wasn’t scared off, but sometimes felt like every issue was to be solved through above mentioned. I respect that viewpoint, for it’s proved right for people and I’m not the one to choose right from wrong. And I think there’s great value in religion and it’s books and what it stand for, as regardless of your opinion about religion, as it serves incredibly in creating a better life and a better person.
This book deals with the mind, as it is responsible for your life. Therefor the focus lies in solving troubles in the mind, like a lack of happiness, negativity, depression, personal problems, you name it. There is great value to get from this book as it shows how a change in mindset can literally change the quality of your life. It’s interesting to see that many aspects in this book still find their way back in present books and information and thus provide use over time and their validity as it stood the test of time.
One of the major phrases I just had to write down was this: “How foolish to manufacture personal unhappiness to all the other difficulties over which you have little or no control“. Although I don’t exactly remember exactly what it was about, I interpret this in my own way. “Why would you consciously turn things negatively while you can keep them positively. There are enough difficulties in life we have no control over, so make sure you keep control over the one thing you can have control over: what things mean to you and how you respond.”
Not just a few times this book mentioned cures for different situations and pointed towards visualization. Considering this book was published in 1952 it’s incredible to see that throughout the years visualization still serves as a powerful tool towards creating a better quality of life. Through visualization we can teach our body and mind to think and act as if we’ve already accomplished something or something has changed already so that we can prepare for when that event actually flourishes. This also seems to attract that event into our lives, as we tend to manifest what we focus on.
Probably the greatest piece of advice I got from this book is the importance of belief, or faith, as the book calls it. Regardless of what you call it, it’s the importance of believing in an outcome that’s positive. That things will be all right, that you can make it through it, or that a higher power will help you. I think that no matter the type of believe or faith you hold, if it’s strong enough, it’ll greatly benefit to your life. Spirituality can be incredibly powerful for helping you through times that are hard, or when pushing you through and this book greatly emphasizes this in my opinion.
I’ve mentioned before that this book puts a big emphasis on religion and I think for non-religious people this might be difficult. However, I personally found that changing mentions to God to yourself or other believes you hold, that it’s just as powerful and will probably have a likewise effect. I’m personally not religious, but I believe there’s something that will help you, and since I don’t know what it is, I simply accept the words in this book. I read it as something that doesn’t have to be religious, but you may read it as if it is.
Many of the solutions for working through a problem are solved by prayer, according to this book. And although religions or believes may very, I think it’s incredibly strong and may be overlooked. As we literally interact with ourselves through our senses it might be worth to talk to yourself in a prayer form. Who knows, it might not necessarily be a religion that guides you to a change, but it might be the words you speak while quiet and focused.
It’s a simple book to read, not difficult at all. It’s also very accessible as it’s probably written for anyone regardless of age, job, knowledge, etc. I personally find difficulty in fully embracing facts, tools and tactics from sources that are older as there’s potentially a better, newer source. However, I think that since the emphasize lies on religion and how it may serve you in life that it stands the test of time for many people.
Lastly, I want to point out that I deeply respect religion and everyone’s viewpoint. I think that this is wonderful for both religious and non-religious people. But I think that, if non-religious people read this book, they might neglect value because of the religious aspects. Therefor I try to point out that people may change God for themselves, or other beliefs so that the book may help more people.