(taken from my book The All New, and Improved, You)
In the last three weeks we have looked at building a strong foundation consisting of Faith, Family & Friends and Finance for our self-improvement, looked at our Living Level consisting of Physical, Psychological and Personality Development, and at our Attic Level which stored our Accomplishment and Actualization steps. This last week, we will look at the roof of The All New, & Improved, You. It is the culmination of all the preceding steps, and is called Radiance.
Webster describes radiance as “something showing joy and well being, a beaming.” It is an internal source of power and energy that radiates through sparkling eyes, a broad smile, and a lively step. To me, the person who most epitomized radiance was Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. You can’t help but be brightened by just listening to his stirring messages. I’d like to share with you Dr. Peale’s twelve specific steps to achieving this radiance through a Positive Mental Attitude. His steps are CAPITALIZED, and are followed by my explanations. I have also added to some links to my blogs to further explain the steps.
1. ORGANIZE YOUR PERSONALITY FORCES INTO ACTION.
Maintain an enthusiastic spirit at all times under all circumstances.
2. TAKE A NEW LOOK AT THE WORD “IMPOSSIBLE.”
Change the word “impossible” to “I’m possible.”
3. HOLD THE THOUGHT THAT NOTHING CAN GET YOU DOWN.
Let Go, and Let God.
See my blog: http://bringinghopeandhappiness.com/why-i-will-always-have-hope/
4. GET TURNED ON WITH SELF-REPEATING ENTHUSIASM.
Start each day with your very own Golden Hour.
See my blog: http://bringinghopeandhappiness.com/my-golden-hour-2/
5. DROP OLD, TIRED, GLOOMY THOUGHTS, AND COME ALIVE.
Take charge of your negative thoughts, instead of letting them take charge of you.
See my blog: http://bringinghopeandhappiness.com/why-i-make-myself-be-happy/
6. YOU CAN DO WONDERS IF YOU KEEP TRYING.
If you want your life to be a radiant highway, then P.A.V.E. your way.
Prayer. Actualize. Visualize. Energize.
7. REACT CREATIVELY TO UPSETTING SITUATIONS.
In tough situations, never panic; always rationalize it.
8. YOU CAN COPE WITH ANYTHING; YOU REALLY CAN.
Take life and problems in your two hands, then put those two hands into God’s hand.
See my blog: http://bringinghopeandhappiness.com/whos-the-boss/
9. UTILIZE THE FABULOUS SECRET OF ENERGY AND VITALITY.
Visualize the life forces continuously at work with in you, refreshing body, mind and spirit.
10. IN-DEPTH FAITH ALWAYS WINS OVER DIFFICULTY
The simple knowledge that there is a power greater than anyone or anything in this universe, makes no problem insurmountable.
11. KEEP GOING STRONG WITH THE EXCITEMENT PRINCIPLE
Remember the acronym M.T.C.; Make Today Count.
And perhaps the most important step
12. LET SEVEN MAGIC WORDS CHANGE YOUR LIFE: “I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST”
In a crisis, let those seven words take over. They will carry you through anything.
I challenge you this week to find five ways you can improve your life in each of the following areas.
Email me at
firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me how you’ve improved your life this month.
My book, “The All New, and Improved, You” has many more self improvement ideas.