As a Man Thinketh by James Allen

A Practical Guide to Living the Purpose Driven Life.

Thought and Character. People are makers of themselves. A man is literally what he thinks. His character is all his thoughts summed up. Man can derive either joy or suffering from such thoughts. In order to achieve a noble character, Man must think in the right way. He is the master of his destiny and the master of thought. As such, he holds the key to every situation. When things aren’t working out well, Man is conscious and can correct his thought. If he digs down further, he will examine cause and effect and the effect of thought. All this is the means to attain Wisdom, Understanding and Power.

As a man thinketh in his heart so is he – James Allen

Effect of Thought on Circumstances. Man’s mind can be cultivated or neglected. Just like tending to a garden, Man can rid the garden of weeds (of impure thoughts).  Man’s character will be shaped by his outer environment as well. However, it is linked to thought-element within himself too. Thought will lead to action and action will lead to opportunity/circumstance. Nothing can influence Man’s thoughts. A man who wants to acquire wealth must be willing to make great sacrifices. If a man who wants to get rich starts to shirk his work, or complains that his wages are too low, deserves to stay poor. It is very important for your thoughts to harmonize with your goal. However, at times, good thoughts might not lead to better circumstances immediately. If a poor man thinks life is unfair, then something is wrong. A man can be rich and cursed or be blessed and poor. Indigence and indulgence are examples of wretchedness. Look for the hidden justice in your life. Use your circumstances in order to discover your powers and possibilities within himself. You cannot choose your circumstances, but you can choose your thoughts. The world is your kaleidoscope.

Man, therefore, as the lord and master of thought, is the maker of himself the shaper and author of environment. – James Allen

Man is buffeted by circumstances so long as he believes himself to be the creature of outside conditions, but when he realizes that he is a creative power, and that he may command the hidden soil and seeds of his being out of which circumstances grow, he then becomes the rightful master of himself. – James Allen

Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound. The man who does not shrink from self-crucifixion can never fail to accomplish the object upon which his heart is set. – James Allen

Suffering is always the effect of wrong thought in some direction. It is an indication that the individual is out of harmony with himself. – James Allen

Let a man radically alter his thoughts, and he will be astonished at the rapid transformation it will effect in the material conditions of his life. Men imagine that thought can be kept secret, but it cannot; it rapidly crystallizes into habit, and habit solidifies into circumstance. – James Allen

Effect of Thought on Health and the Body. The body is the servant of the mind. With good thoughts, the body will seem radiant and energetic. Anxiety and fear opens the body to decay. You must have clean thoughts. Learn to beautify your mind whenever possible. For those that have lived righteously, aging is a calm and peaceful process.

Strong, pure, and happy thoughts build up the body in vigor and grace. The body is a delicate and plastic instrument, which responds readily to the thoughts by which it is impressed, and habits of thought will produce their own effects, good or bad, upon it. – James Allen

Thought and Purpose. Thought and purpose/goals must be linked. If you are aimless, you will achieve nothing. Everyone needs a central purpose in their lives. One should find an object and steady and focus one’s thoughts on it. Even if he fails to achieve his purpose, he would have gained a deep strength of character. If you don’t have a purpose, fix your thoughts on a faultless performance of their duty. Try to avoid thoughts of doubt and fear as much as possible. Your every thought should be imbued with power. You must be conscious of your mental powers.

The Thought-Factor in Achievement. Your weaknesses and strengths are brought about by your own doing. The weak man must be willing to help himself. A man must learn to overcome weakness and selfish thoughts. He can rise by lifting up his thoughts. There can be no achievement without sacrifice. Achievement comes from effort. Do not allow arrogance, selfish and corrupt thoughts to enter.

He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly. – James Allen

Vision and Ideals. Humans need to dream. Most people have no goals/dreams in their life. One must have a vision in his heart, in order to realize it. As you dream, you shall become. Dreams are the seedlings of reality. You will gravitate towards the thing that you secretly love. You will become the master of your dream. Some men think that others have become successful just via luck and become jealous. They do not understand the hard work and sacrifice that others have undergone.

Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts. – James Allen

The Vision that you glorify in your mind, the Ideal that you enthrone in your heart – that you will build your life by, this you will become. – James Allen

Serenity. Calmness of mind is really important. He knows how to adapt himself to others. The more peaceful you are, the greater your chance of success. The strong man is revered. They are never temperamental.



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