As A Man Thinketh, by James Allen, challenges you to discover the power, or the destruction, that results from your thinking. The saying, “It’s all in your head,” would be an appropriate subtitle for this read.
Essentially, when you take the time to evaluate and adjust your thinking, you are able to fundamentally change yourself. In changing your thinking, you are better prepared for life and for achieving the dreams that you have allowed to become buried beneath your negativity, your unbelief or your lack of character. The outside circumstances are a reflection of the order or disorder (harmony or disharmony) within a man’s soul. “Circumstance does not make a man; it reveals him to himself.”
At one point, the author suggests that your mind is like a garden. When you take the time to cultivate it, nurture it, root out the invasive weeds of negativity and bad character you are then able to plant seeds of goodness and character. Basically, it is a more colorful example of “you reap what you sow.”
Allen astutely notes that “Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they, therefore, remain bound.” This book is an honest examination of what effect our thinking has on our daily lives and how we can begin to make changes so that we, too, may become as we think.
A philosophical read, it is nonetheless an essential in the library of anyone seriously striving to improve themselves and their circumstances.
Here is a “Thought Garden” template for you to examine your own thinking.