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As a Man Thinketh, by James Allen – Book Review
Last Reviewed: January 2, 2020
As a Man Thinketh, by James Allen, references the old adage, "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." What it means is not just how powerful our thoughts are, but how important the image we hold of ourselves is.
It says "thinketh in his/her heart", meaning what we truly and deeply believe about ourselves. What we think we are worth. What we think we deserve, and what we feel (because the heart is all about feeling) our life should look like.
According to Allen, we are the makers of our lives.
Sometimes we find ourselves getting caught up in situations where we feel the event is happening to us. This is certainly not the case. "Circumstances don't make a man, they reveal him." It's our response to what we make happen for us that shows our true self that we are at heart.
You have seen beautiful gardens, right?
So you know how your mind and thinking at your heart work. The mind is like a garden. Our thoughts are the seeds. And when these are well taken care of, they germinate, they flower, and you enjoy the heaven on earth you once could only dream of.
Visualize a perfect scenario for your career. See it in your inner eye. That's sowing your seed.
Visualize it everyday until you believe in your heart that this is what you truly deserve. That this is how your life should look like. That's how you cultivate it.
After some time these visions and thoughts became reality step by step because we start believe that this is what our life should look like through the daily cultivation. That's when your seeds germinate.
That's the moment you go full steam and continue to take care of your fragile little plants and they'll grow and grow, until you see the life that you once "only" envisioned.
If we do not to care for our garden, if you start looking after it when your plants are tiny and weak, weeds will take over and mess up all the beauty that are creating. If you do not maintain the vision you once had, and just let things happen to you instead of staying in control, that's when the weeds of circumstances take control.
Pay attention to what's happening around you. It's the best indicator for where your thoughts are at. Ultimately, who is responsible for your life? The government? Your parents? Your spouse?
The thoughts we think and the words we tell ourselves are directly responsible for quality of life, health, and vision that we are experiencing. It's been said that if we'd talk to our friends like we talk to ourselves, we wouldn't have any.
So take charge of your thoughts, and all the rest will follow. It will determine how you think at heart.
You see, many would say that the Great Depression was a terrible time for people around the world. (Funnily we are heading for another one, as I'm writing this...)
What was the difference between the people who got wealthier and the ones that got poorer in that period of time?