Wednesday, April 01, 2009


Successful businessman, philanthropist, and motivational speaker Rich DeVos has learned the value of maintaining a positive attitude and offering encouragement to others. In his book, Ten Powerful Phrases For Positive People, DeVos offers you the key he has discovered in unlocking the powerful potential of ten ordinary yet life-changing phrases. Simply by adding these phrases into your daily conversations you can help to build relationships, motivate achievement, instill confidence, and change attitudes in your work and family life.

Even before you get to the ten life-changing phrases DeVos writes about, you will learn a great deal from his splendid introduction to the book. He quotes Philippians 4:7-9 (NIV) "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." And then he says, "Think what our world would be like if everyone took these words to heart! That's why I wanted to write this book and why I think a positive message is so important in today's world."

If you are like me, you find it extremely difficult to be positive with all that's happening in today's world. What a mess! See what I mean? There I go, calling your attention to the mess we're in. It's easy for me to brush this off and say, "I'm not negative--just realistic." And there is some truth to that. But I also know the great value of living a positive life. This book has blessed me in many ways.

The ten positive phrases that DeVos talks about are: 1. "I'm wrong" 2. "I'm sorry" 3. "You can do it" 4. "I believe in you" 5. "I'm proud of you" 6. "Thank you" 7. "I need you" 8. "I trust you"
9. "I respect you" 10. "I love you." Not bad. Not bad at all!

Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship and bestselling author said of this book: "A great book by one of the wisest men I know. Rich's book gives ten invaluable phrases we ought to keep on the tips of our tongues." Paul Harvey, one of my heroes who just recently passed away said: "Americans need this book for inspiration and encouragement."

The simple act of offering a kind word can have the power to change lives in positive and profound ways.


Smilingsal said...

I'm glad to see you're enjoying and applying this wonderful book. I loved it too.

Lisa said...

What a wonderful post! And even better advice!

nannykim said...

Clif , did you get my email?? Check your junk folder if you did not. I sent you one yesterday and today!! Let me know if you can't find it!! Kim , from nannykim!

nannykim said...

clif I emailed you twice--but your emails were different. One had one c and the other had two c's---I just hit my reply button for both!

April 1, 2009 2:30

bp said...

I can't even imagine how different the world would be if the words of that verse and these 10 things were taken to heart. Great advice.

Have a good day!

artis1111 said...

Words can make you smile or make you cry, I try to make people smile it is more fun! Came over from Sally's blog. Kathy

Ms.Daisy said...

Great advice!
I would like to be able to say that I am always positive, but, sad to say, I cannot!


nannykim said...

Sounds like a great book. I have heard criticisms about positive thinking--but when it is the kind based on Phil. I know it is correct. Elizabeth George has a book and she had suffered from depression until she took that passage to heart. I have seen how important it is to control the thought life....and of course from this flows the our speech. It is a great reminder..I sometimes get into bad habits and don't even realize it!! YIKES!!