Although The Power Of Positive Thinking suffered from several criticisms, it has still managed to be one of the best-selling books, with more than 7 million copies sold to date. I think the criticisms had also made more people get curious on its content, augmenting to higher sales of the book.
The main point of the criticisms that the book has received is due to the religious contents of the book. Also, Norman Vincent Peale (the author) used stories with anonymous names. For some readers, they would think that there is no concrete evidence on the cases that Peale mentioned. I think it doesn’t really matter whether those stories are legit or not. What’s important is that the author is able to provide motivation to the book’s readers. As for the religious messages, it’s inevitable to have conflicts because of the existence of various religions. Not all readers have the same religious view.
On the brighter side, The Power Of Positive Thinking has a program that acts as a fine guide in your everyday life. It explains thoroughly how man’s thinking affects his life’s journey. Peale used various counseling techniques – unique, extensive, but very easy to understand. Hence, it is highly recommended. He also suggests making use of the Bible and prayers to attain real happiness and peace of mind.
Your thoughts and mentality tell you how to go through with your life. This can either be positive or negative. With negative thinking, life would be in the state of gloominess and darkness. On the other hand, being positive would be your key to living a stress-free and tranquil life.
Peale has given stress to the importance of religious faith in achieving positivity or optimism. When you encounter a very complicated situation, do not think that you can never ever deal with it. Peale recommends his book readers to turn to God and have faith in Him. He wants us to realize how powerful a prayer is. If we would affirm ourselves that God is always with us and will always help us, it would allow us to let go of all our doubts. We should not only believe in God, but also in ourselves. It is necessary to maintain confidence and avoid feeling inferior.
An effective strategy to overcome a difficulty according to Peale is “to measure your assets rather than the factors against you”. Do not allow your worries to always get in your way. Focus on your strengths and use them to deal with your weaknesses.
Peale named the three steps in getting to the peak of success. First is to VISUALIZE. This involves use of imagination. However, you should be cautious with your imagination as it can be both constructive and destructive. Your imagination can be the source of your fear. The best thing to do is to picture only mental images of positive things: Imagine prosperity and victory and there’s a high possibility to achieve factual results. Next is PRAYERIZE. Pray to God for positive energy and personality. The last step is to ACTUALIZE. Well, thoughts and prayers would not be able to work efficiently alone. You need to be responsible and work harder to gain success.