Mark 9:23; “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth!” By learning to change your mental thinking from negative to positive, to belief rather than doubt, you can expect that more and more things will become a possibility.
Peale tells us that it doesn’t mean that we are going to get everything we want. But he does write in this chapter that this kind of view of the world is a great start for succeeding.
Apparently the general feeling in the world of psychology and religion is that there are forces that are set into motion that can attract things to us that we want. However, this is only if we are thinking positively. But we are also told in this part of Peale’s book that it is advisable that we be mindful of the fact that we will attract negative things. This is especially true for us if we constantly expect negative things to come our way. In short, think you will be defeated and you will be defeated! Expect to be victorious and you will be!
You can be changed from a person who doubts yourself into a person who believes in life, other people, yourself and God. How? This can be accomplished by affirming belief through the use of positive affirmations. The recipe is simple! Find powerful faith statements and memorize them! Then, repeat the statements you’ve chosen to yourself as you go to sleep each night. Peale assures us that through a sort of spiritual intervention things will change not only for the person who does this on the subconscious level, but in the environment around them as well.
Peale tells us that in order to get what we want the willingness to change ourselves to get it is not an option but a requirement. Your own attitude can be the very thing that stands in the way of getting what you want a majority of the time.
Expectations must have clearly defined goals in order to be reached. No clear picture of what you want? Well, how do you expect to get it if you aren’t able to see it or don’t feel all that passionate about getting what you want in the first place?
Desire plays a big part in being able to achieve your goals. Peale tells us, in a roundabout way, that you are most likely to succeed if you have a burning desire. Yes! If your desire for something is to the point of a healthy obsession it will certainly help you achieve what you are after.
If accomplishing what you want in life is what comprises a large majority of your thoughts than there is a good chance you will succeed in getting where you want to be. This is especially true if you are taking action to get there. Thoughts alone don’t do the trick. At some point action has to take place in order for us to fulfill our inner most desires in life.