Reaching Your Potential By Norman Vincent Peale

This book was a birthday gift by a dear friend and colleague. I know it is been a while since my birthday, however I finally got around to reading Reaching Your Potential.

It really was a very useful book. I will gladly recommend it anyone.
Here is a thought provoking excerpt from the book.

Our Thoughts Are Alive
You can build up your life by thinking constructively. You can tear down your life by destructive thinking. What you are this day is the result of what you have been thinking for many years. We become what we think. If you would like to know what you will be, let us say, five years from now, you do not need any soothsayer or fortune-teller to give you the facts. I can give them to you right this minute. Five years from now, you will be precisely hat you think over the next five years. You will be bigger person, then, if you think big; you will be a smaller person if you think small. We do not bear in mind nearly enough the creative and the destructive power of thought. The Roman Marcus Aurelius wrote, ‘Our life is what out thoughts make it.’ Emerson said that a man is what he thinks about all day.
Now, thought isn’t something that is ethereal. A thought is actually a thing. It has substance. A thought is also alive. ‘Cut a word,’ said Emerson, ‘and it will bleed.’ This is a picturesque way of saying that a thought is alive. Emerson doesn’t mean that literal drops of blood are going to come out o the word. But he is saying that, if you take a word that is vital and put it with some other vital words to make a thought, it can cause life or deterioration, according to the manner in which you use it.


Does this make sense to you?

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5 comments:

Matty said...

Does that ever make sense! That's why they say words hurt,,,,,,once they're gone, they can do a lot of damage,,or a lot of good.
That's why I tend to bite my tongue a lot,,,,well I'm getting better at it. Also, they say,,,,,'talking without thinking is like shooting without aiming.!
Food for thought, eh?

AL said...

Totally loved it.

I'd like to get my hands on this book, seems really interesting!

Desiree said...

I totally agree with this! It's right on the money!

Enhance Life said...

Hi All,
Thank you very much for the comment. I hope you enjoy the book as well

Shamelle

Bradley said...

Makes complete sense. Thoughts create things. Today your dreams will come true!

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