10 steps to success by Dr. Peale

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale motivated millions of people to a better life. 313335_487472851307971_1932064598_n
Here are his ten steps to success:

1. Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop this picture. Never think of yourself as failing; never doubt the reality of the mental image. That is most dangerous, for the mind always tries to complete what it pictures. So always picture “success” no matter how badly things seem to be going at the moment.

2. Whenever a negative thought concerning your personal powers comes to mind, deliberately voice a positive thought to cancel it out.

3. Do not built up obstacles in your imagination. Depreciate every so-called obstacle. Minimize them. Difficulties must be studied and efficiently dealt with to be eliminated, but they must be seen for only what they are. They must not be inflated by fear thoughts.

4. Do not be awestruck by other people and try to copy them. Nobody can be you as efficiently as YOU can. Remember also that most people, despite their confident appearance and demeanor, are often as scared as you are and as doubtful of themselves.

5. Ten times a day repeat these dynamic words, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31) (Stop reading and repeat them NOW slowly and confidently.)

6. Get a competent counselor to help you understand why you do what you do. Learn the origin of your inferiority and self-doubt feelings which often begin in childhood. Self-knowledge leads to a cure.

7. Ten times each day practice the following affirmation, repeating it out loud if possible. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13) Repeat those words NOW. That magic statement is the most powerful antidote on earth to inferiority thoughts.

8. Make a true estimate of your own ability, then raise it 10 percent. Do not become egotistical, but develop a wholesome self-respect. Believe in your own God-released powers.

9. Put yourself in God’s hands. To do that simply state, “I am in God’s hands.” Then believe you are NOW receiving all the power you need. “Feel” it flowing into you. Affirm that “the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21) in the form of adequate power to meet life’s demands.

10. Remind yourself that God is with you and nothing can defeat you. Believe that you now RECEIVE power from him.


  1. Reblogged this on R2daysman Updates and commented:
    Your thoughts that you keep repeating till they become convictions that help you make the decisions in your life can and do make the difference. Who do you have confidence in, who makes a way when there is no way that you see. Look to the Word, see how God sees you, with the ability to be more than a conqueror, with the ability to do greater works than what Jesus did, act on the desire to bless and be blessed according to God’s promises and you will not recognize your life. As you sow seeds of believing into your day to day actions you will be able to reap the results of answered prayer and go further with God. Hold fast to the truth and the truth will make you free.

  2. This affirmation is exactly one of the steps I am referring to when in response to the articles on prayer that we must act upon the knowledge that God can do what He promises to do, getting busy praying by the spirit, i.e. speaking in tongues in you private prayer life is another. You can do it, God enables it, the question is do you believe it.

  3. Only yesterday I saw a quote by Peale and copied it. This is great and has my favourite quote from Philippians in it. Thank you for sharing this! Ute

  4. Reblogged this on The Blogging Pot and commented:
    I don’t know whether you want to succeeed or not or what you measure as success but I feel it’s pretty safe to assume that most of us would like to succeed on some level…even if it’s only to get out of bed on one of those days when inertia hits. Anyway, I thought these ideas were excellent. xx Rowena

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