“The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, Just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat.” ~~Napolean Hill
-Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
I have been reading “Stay Alive All Your Life”, a book by Norman Vincent Peale. Originally it was published in 1957. He is best known for his bestseller “The Power of Positive Thinking.” No he doesn’t say think positive thoughts and you can have the world. He says start believing you can with God’s help if your goals are spiritually sound, have faith it will happen and work really hard. The book is chock full of stories of people getting out of the pit onto a path of success. Very inspiring.
“Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure.” -Peale
A Tribute to Norman Vincent Peale Biography and notes from some of his books
Daily Celebrations, get to know famous people, holidays, and more because “life is a celebration of passionate colors”
‘People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.’ -Peale
Do you want to learn something new? Self-University has a list of links from anything you might want to learn. Education should last long past school. I was especially fascinated with the philosophers.
Last night we melted caramel to make caramel apples. What are you doing to celebrate the season?
I managed to get in two of my “twenty things I enjoy” yesterday. After the kids’ homework time we went to the park. I practiced some soccer with my son, then the kids and I swung on the swings. Later, I read while the kids continued their running around.
I am working through The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. I am on week 2 and one of the assignments is to list 20 things you enjoy doing. Then plan to do at least one this week. I thought that was a great idea for anyone. Here is my list:
2. Going the the library and bookstores
3. Singing and listening to music
9. Playing board games and Boggle
10. Swimming or relaxing in a Jacuzzi
11. Surfing the web
13. Watching movies
14. Going for walks
15. Going to the beach
16. Visiting museums and art galleries
17. Playing with my cat
18. Going out to lunch with friends
19. Playing the piano or keyboard
20. Swinging at the park
I found an excellent phrase in a book I was reading last night. “The fact is I must have been put on earth to succeed. I don’t have to apologize to anyone for being a success, or for trying to succeed, since I have an obligation, a responsibility, to use my abilities to the fullest.” -Keith DeGreen in his book Creating a Successful Environment. He goes on to say do you really believe we were put here to fail? Now this success is not necessarily making lots of money and having prestige. Being successful is about using your gifts and creating a life you love living. One that only you can live.
On another note, on a message board someone was requesting information on how to get more energy. This is my reply: One way is by quitting my procrastination. I am noticing a lot more energy if I do things instead of thinking about them for weeks or months, then do them.
Another thing is put low energy and high energy things together. If I have to go on an errand I hate, I can stop by the bookstore to recharge. Or mopping can be followed by novel reading.
Doing the opposite of what I am doing also helps my energy. If I am at my desk for awhile- walking, dancing, or cleaning can energize. If I have been working really hard on a physical project, then I can relax by reading or checking e-mail.
More energy tips: Drink lots of water
Take deep breaths
Visualize great outcomes
Step outside or at least look out a window
Keep the TV off till evening
Flowers around the house or other things I like to look at
Make sure I am eating
Playing a song on the piano
What creates energy for you?