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THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING IN BUSINESS (10 Traits for Maximum Results)

Book Summary   by:VijaiKSharma     Original Author: Scott W. Ventrella
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Positive Thinking as a concept has tremendous power, for achieving our objectives. It is applicable in various fields, but especially in business, which has considerable influence on our lives. The people in business have to manage changes, adversities and challenges, effectively and successfully. This book is an adaptation and extension of the best seller book “The Power of Positive Thinking” and other works of Norman Vincent Peale, on this subject. In three parts and ten Chapters, it covers the case for positive thinking from destructive thoughts to positive goals, and the energizing power. The initial Chapters discuss limitations to success, road map to positive thinking, power of negative thinking, meaning of positive thinking, thoughts-feelings-actions chain, getting to the source of negative thoughts, truth in thinking, setting goals, affirmation and visualization. Part three, entitled the Energizing Power, starts with a Chapter, describing the ten traits of a positive thinker. After research and analysis on the books, articles, pamphlets, videos and cassettes etc. of Dr. Peale, the author zeroed on ten qualities of Positive thinkers. These are inborn characteristics like optimism, enthusiasm, belief, integrity, courage, confidence, determination, patience, calmness and focus. We are all born with these qualities, but some of us have some qualities affected by negative programming, which may be due to the environment around us. Therefore we should first gauge ourselves, and then reactivate these qualities. A psychometrist developed the positive thinking inventory, in which we have to answer a set of fifty questions and give score from 0 to 5, and then obtain total score for each of the ten qualities. These scores are then interpreted. Then we have to regulate our qualities, based on the situations. We have to make efforts, so that the qualities lying dormant get reactivated, by allowing them to come out in a natural way. We can also acquire a quality, by simply resolving to act like a person having that quality.
Beliefs, Thoughts, Feelings, Actions and the ten qualities are all inter-related. Each one of us has the ability to do like this, so that we are more successful in our endeavours. The author has divided these ten qualities into four distinct groups, namely centering power, uplifting power, driving power, and holding power. The Chapter on centering power discusses various aspects of belief, integrity and focus. Uplifting power is discussed in another Chapter, and it includes optimism and enthusiasm. It attempts to identify those specific points, which made it possible for us. Driving power, which includes confidence, courage and determination, is the next Chapter. It provides a list of points, with which we can discover our personal factors for motivation. It discusses courage, risk and their relationship. The Chapter on Holding power discusses, patience and calmness, and it includes effects of impatience, three enemies of patience namely frustration, discouragement and anger, and how we show calmness. At the end of the book, the author provides the details of the professional challenge worksheet as an example, which is a tool for helping us to write down, and work for the particular problem. The book provides practical and powerful concepts and process framework, specifically for all persons in business, at various levels and functions, along with tips, so that they can achieve better performance. It is a useful book for persons at various levels in business, for becoming positive thinking persons, and thereby successful persons in life.
Published: December 22, 2007   
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