Many years ago,
Dr. Norman Vincent Peale who was a colleague of mine,
but he was still alive,
wrote a book called The Power of Positive Thinking.
It’s still one of the most popular books on personal success
and personal development ever written.
And his basic message was,
is if you think in a positive way,
you’ll have positive results,
and you’ll be happy most of the time.
So how do you use the power of positive thinking?
Well, they did a study at the University of Pennsylvania,
it was funded by some of the biggest companies in America.
And over a 22-year period,
they interviewed more than 350,000 people like you and I,
and asked them a lot of questions about their lives
and their attitudes and so on.
And one of the questions they asked them is:
what do you think about most of the time?
Then they conducted a series of experiments,
It is they would have graduate students
who are working on their papers in psychology or sociology,
phone these people once a week at random during the week.
And just say: what are you thinking about right now?
And they write it down,
And the next week they call them on a different day at a different time.
This is all pre-arranged that they would be expecting the call sometime.
And what are you thinking about right now?
Then write it down.
Then they began to sort these groups out in terms of the deciles,
即10% 末尾组占10% 承接组10%
which is ten percents, the bottom 10%, the next 10%,
all the way up to the top 10%.
And they notice that people in the top 10%
thought very differently from people in the bottom 80%.
What do top people think about most of the time?
Can you guess?
The answer was so simple, it was amazing:
they think about what they want
and how to get it most of the time.
They think about what they want and how to get it,
they think about their goals,
and they think about their priorities,
and they think about their actions and activities each day.
They think about the number of people they need to call on,
and the number of proposals they need to put together.
and the number of things they need to read and just study.
They’re always thinking about what they want.
And when you think about what you want it makes you happy,
it makes you positive,
makes you feel in control of your whole life.
And then they think about how to get it.
So in my seminars I’ll say that
the most important word for leadership and success
is the word: how?
Whenever you have a goal,
the only question you has is how can I achieve this goal?
If ever you have a problem, how can I solve this problem?
If you have an obstacle, how can I overcome the obstacle?
Top people often think about what they want,
and how to get it, most of the time.
And as a result,
they’re thinking about their goal
and they’re thinking about the actions that they could take
every single minute of every day to move faster toward achieving that goal.
Earl Nightingale once said that
happiness is the progressive step-by-step realization
of a worthy ideal or goal.
When you feel yourself moving step by step, each hour, each day
toward achieving something that’re important to you,
you’ll feel positive and happy most of the time.
By the way, do you know what unsuccessful people
think about most of the time?
They think about what they don’t want,
the things that make them angry or sad
usually past events that they can’t change.
And they think about who’s to blame for all their problems.
So, whenever you see people talking and complaining
about things that they can’t change,
things in their life are their responsibility,
and then blaming others for their problems.
You know you’re dealing with a negative unhappy person
with a very limited future and a very unhappy present.
So the way you take control of your mind
like grabbing the wheel of a vehicle,
you start to think about what you want
and how to get it all day long.
And you automatically become positive
and start to feel a complete control of your life.
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