Optimistic Thinking Cures Money Woes

Ten tips to help you weather the storm of Tax Day and financial troubles.

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- Posted on Apr 1, 2008

Norman Vincent Peale

Financial stress may affect you year round, but tax season can really throw you for a loop.

Sure, you may get a decent return, but will you be able to save it? Everyday costs are taking away from our vacation funds and extra activities.

Gas prices are nearing $4 per gallon and groceries are climbing at an alarming rate—with milk costing around $3.80 per gallon and a dozen eggs surpassing the two-dollar mark.

Spring is also the season for real estate, mortgage foreclosures, and with credit tightening, buying a house or a car could become even more difficult.

No need to panic. Just follow these steps that provide a plan of action to get you in a positive frame of mind—and a better position to overcome financial problems.

1. Believe that for every problem there is a solution.

2. Keep calm. Tension blocks the flow of thought power. Your brain cannot operate efficiently under stress.

3. Don't try to force and answer. Keep your mind relaxed so that the solution will open up and become clear.

4. Assemble all the facts impartially, impersonally, and judicially.

5. List these facts on paper. The problem becomes objective, not subjective.

6. Pray about your problem, affirming that God will flash illumination into your mind.

7. Believe in and seek God's guidance.

8. Trust in the faculty of insight and intuition.

9. Go to church and let your subconscious work on the problem.

10. If you follow these steps faithfully, then the answer that develops in your mind, or comes to pass, is the right answer to your problem.

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Excerpted from The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale, published by GUIDEPOSTS, Peale Center for Christian Living © 1978.

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