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When We Believe We Become Remarkable!

Jan 26, 2008
"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." - Norman Vincent Peale

I love Norman Vincent Peale's style. He always made a person feel invited to the table so to speak. He appealed to the common everyday person, not just to the success hounds. Don't take that the wrong way, I consider myself a bit of a success hound too. Success hounds are people who are attracted to any and all information having to do with success for the sake of success. Frankly not everybody is that way and that's OK. That's why Norman Vincent Peale's style is so refreshing. He didn't talk about success only because it wasn't his only interest. In fact he was a minister most of his years for a number of churches spread across this great country of ours. His sermons were very unique, and people would come from all around to hear him speak about a new "positive" approach to modern living. His messages were mostly religious with psychological and business overtones; the opposite of what you might hear from people today such as Stephen Covey, or Zig Ziglar, or Wayne Dyer who speak to us from a business and psychological point of reference with religious overtones.

Just listen to the opening words of the above quote for example. He says "people become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things." What a universal appeal these words have and I am so glad I have found these words and can share them with you today. I want to share with you a personal experience tied in with this quote if I may. In 2003 I was diagnosed with a terrible disease which has progressively worsened taking my livelihood and most things I hold dear away from me. I am now disabled and find myself in a shell of a body that can no longer do too much but my mind races on with things I desire to do making my life just horrible as you could imagine. You would never know it by my articles that this is my situation would you? Here is where the miracle comes in.

People really do become quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. I found this out just a few months ago when it dawned on me that I can do something really cool and great even though I am disabled. I can still write! All of a sudden like a bright light that went off in my head, I believed with a burning in my soul that I can write about all the things I have been teaching since I became a motivational speaker over 15 years ago. The juices began to flow again, coursing through my veins and filling me with enthusiasm, something I had not felt since 2005 when I all but gave up on myself.

I actually started writing a year ago when I began my daily quotes web-site called cyreousquotes.com.

But I did not recognize the potential I had till my youngest son who believed in me gave me a book to read and encouraged me to research again. Since then I began writing articles for reprint and I can not explain the metamorphosis I went through when it dawned on me that I can still do what I love doing in my life, just in a different way. I have since been approached by several publishers and we are talking about book-rights and such.

For the first time since my disease diagnosis I am starting to feel like I have a future again and I have something to live for. I had all but given up with the exception of the website which kept me going for the last year.

Norman Vincent Peale's words reached me and touched my heart. "When they believe in themselves..." Yes when we believe in ourselves we can accomplish huge things, inconceivable things, glorious and monumental things. We can even begin living again in our limited shell of a body with limbs that don't work and organs malfunctioning. None of that seems important now and I see them as mere shadows designed to distract me away from my God-Given purpose.

"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."
About the Author
John Cyr is a retired workforce development trainer and motivational consultant who writes articles and editorials under the pen-name Johnny Cyreous, or Cyreous. He maintains a website of quotes by famous people and advocates his method of teaching at www.cyreousquotes.com
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