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As a Man Thinketh
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Learn the key ideas of the book by James Allen

As a Man Thinketh

Taking control of our thoughts to improve our circumstances

As a Man Thinketh discusses the importance of cultivating good thoughts to create a more balanced and happier life. Written in 1903, this book inspired  many of the self help and self development books that are popular today. 

More than a century ago, using a quote from the Bible, a mysterious English writer revealed a concept that many people still undervalue today: we are what we think. We don’t attract what we want, but what we think.

As a Man Thinketh
Read in 11 min.
Listen in 14 min.

We are a product of our thoughts: it all starts in our heads

In 1903 James Allen put pen to paper to write about a concept that we could sum up today in two words: positive thinking. If we accept Allen’s idea completely, it means that we accept that our current lives are the result of everything we have thought until now, of everything our minds allowed in. If we are happy and fulfilled, it is because we have had joyful thoughts, fulfilment and visions and ideas that we have followed with courage.

By the same token, if we are sad and unsatisfied, we most certainly have entertained thoughts of sadness and dissatisfaction; all of our unhappiness first began in our heads and then we were good at bringing it to life. By accepting this point of view, we become responsible for our lives and the thoughts which we entertain.



The key ideas of "As a Man Thinketh"

We are a product of our thoughts: it all starts in our heads
We can train our minds to think positively
Our character is formed by the thoughts that we let in
We attract what we truly believe in, no more and no less
Stop being passengers along for the ride of existence and take the wheel
It is useless trying to fight against external circumstances when we are responsible
Suffering is the result of being out of harmony with ourselves
Our body’s health is a consequence of our way of thinking
The importance of bringing together thought and purpose to achieve your mission
Our thoughts need to always be aligned with our purpose
Being visionary and having ideals is important to change our reality for the better
Calm and serenity as a secret ingredient to fulfil yourself and help others
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