Welcome to this issue of "Dr. T's Timely Tips" by Dr. Tony Alessandra. Please send your feedback to info@alessandra.com!

You are what you think!

Occasionally we hear stories of people who struggle against great odds, prove the naysayers wrong, and achieve the nearly impossible. They turn around a defunct company; they stop a highway from going through virgin land; they beat the odds on terminal cancer.

In order to do extraordinary things, these people - and you! - don't need to be superhuman, you just need some positive tools to get you through rough times. You need a positive philosophy to give yourself direction and an understanding of what you can do yourself and when you need help from others. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale's book, The Power of Positive Thinking, was published over 50 years ago and it continues to sell well because it contains such a universal truth: the attitudes we hold help shape the reality we experience.

Having a positive attitude isn't something you just tack on to your old personality. It comes from deep within you; it has to or it would get wiped out with the first sign of a countervailing negative force. But you also have to have some other source of positive energy outside yourself that keeps you going. Most probably it is other people you can rely on for support, who are also positive about your ability to succeed. Perhaps you are also motivated by the example of some historical or spiritual figure. (Martin Luther King was inspired by Gandhi...who in turn was inspired by Thoreau).

The point is, you don't do it alone - a positive state of mind comes from within and without. It requires that you embed yourself in a context of positiveness - to tap sources beyond yourself. If this trait isn't already in your repertoire, then begin here. The trait of positiveness is so attractive, other people will be drawn to you.

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Norman Vincent Peale, "Positiveness" Guru.

For five decades, Norman Vincent Peale was one of Manhattan's most famous preachers and clergymen. In 1952, he published The Power of Positive Thinking, which has since sold over 20 million copies and has been translated into 41 different languages. His famous quote: "Change your thoughts and you change your world."