Affirmations changed his life

Brad Stanton —  August 2, 2014 — 8 Comments

hygdfsI read about a man who was very distraught and anxious about a business deal that he had to make the next day. He was afraid that his business that he had worked so hard and so long for was going to fail if he didn’t successfully make the deal.

Peale gave him an affirmation to repeat from the Bible. As he repeated it, his fear melted away. Not only that, he went to the meeting the next day in confidence. He was able to win the deal that he needed. But more importantly, he learned to have confidence instead of fear.

I say affirmations every day. If you want to strengthen your prayer-faith, or just have a happier life, I highly recommend daily affirmations. They really work wonders.

I have found that counting my blessings in the morning is a great way to start the day in a happier mood. It makes me stronger mentally and emotionally and I am able to concentrate better at work. I work much faster when I am in a good mental state.

Here is the quote from Dr. Norman Vincent Peale’s book The Power of Positive Thinking (Originally called The Power of Faith):

After speaking to a convention of businessmen in a city auditorium, I was on the stage greeting people when a man approached me and with a peculiar intensity of manner asked, “May I talk with you about a matter of desperate importance to me?”

I asked him to remain until the others had gone, then we went backstage and sat down.

“I’m in this town to handle the most important business deal of my life,” he explained. “If I succeed, it means everything to me. If I fail, I’m done for.”

I suggested that he relax a little, that nothing was quite that final. If he succeeded, that was fine. If he didn’t, well, tomorrow was another day.

“I have a terrible disbelief in myself,” he said dejectedly. “I have no confidence. I just don’t believe I can put it over. I am very discouraged and depressed. In fact,” he lamented, “I’m just about sunk. Here I am, forty years old. Why is it that all my life I have been tormented by inferiority feelings, by lack of confidence, by self-doubt? I listened to your speech tonight in which you talked about the power of positive thinking, and I want to ask how I can get some faith in myself.”

“There are two steps to take,” I replied. “First, it is important to discover why you have these feelings of no power. That requires analysis and will take time. We must approach the maladies of our emotional life as a physician probes to find something wrong physically. This cannot be done immediately, certainly not in our brief interview tonight, and it may require treatment to reach a permanent solution. But to pull you through this immediate problem I shall give you a formula which will work if you use it.

“As you walk down the street tonight I suggest that you repeat certain words which I shall give you. Say them over several times after you get into bed. When you awaken tomorrow, repeat them three times before arising. On the way to your important appointment say them three additional times. Do this with an attitude f faith and you will receive sufficient strength and ability to deal with this problem. Later, if you wish, we can go into an analysis of your basic problem, but whatever we come up with following that study, the formula which I am now going to give you can be a large factor in the eventual cure.”

Following is the affirmation which I gave him—“ I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4: 13) He was unfamiliar with these words so I wrote them on a card and had him read them over three times aloud.

“Now, follow that prescription, and I am sure things will come out all right.” He pulled himself up, stood quietly for a moment, then said with considerable feeling, “O.K., Doctor. O.K.”

I watched him square his shoulders and walk out into the night. He seemed a pathetic figure, and yet the way he carried himself as he disappeared showed that faith was already at work in his mind. Subsequently he reported that this simple formula “did wonders” for him and added, “It seems incredible that a few words from the Bible could do so much for a person.”

This man later had a study made of the reasons for his inferiority attitudes. They were cleared away by scientific counseling and by the application of religious faith . He was taught how to have faith; was given certain specific instructions to follow (these are given later in this chapter). Gradually he attained a strong, steady, reasonable confidence. He never ceases to express amazement at the way in which things now flow toward rather than away from him. His personality has taken on a positive, not negative, character so that he no longer repels success, but, on the contrary, draws it to him. He now has an authentic confidence in his own powers.

There are various causes of inferiority feelings, and not a few stem from childhood.

Peale, Dr. Norman Vincent (2003-04-03). The Power of Positive Thinking (pp. 1-3). Simon & Schuster, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

 

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8 responses to Affirmations changed his life

  1. 

    I found this post on a page with other posts tagged “affirmations”. I read each one, abd each one spoke to what I’ve been struggling with for years, just like the man in the example of this post. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that you posted this. I didn’t know Peale was a man of faith, and now that I do, I really want to and will read his book. I NEEDED to read these posts tonight. I will do as Peale told this man, and also will act on his tips further down the page. The scripture that has been giving me peace when nothing else will is Elijah 41:10: “Fear not, there is nothing to fear. Be ye not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and harden you to difficulties. Yes, I will help you. Yes, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. “

  2. 

    This is an awesome post. I think the best thing to have belief in, is yourself. I don’t understand the last statement – Is it saying that inferiority feelings do not stem from childhood?

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