“You are what you think. All that you are arises from your thoughts. With your thoughts you make your world.”
As a Man Thinketh by James Allen is credited by Best Selling Author Tony Robbins as one of the best books on Mindset ever written and Robbins is quoted as saying that he personally read it over 10 times, recommending the book “because it’s so small and easy to read and yet so profound”
It teaches in simple yet precise words the essence of mental health.
Learn from Allen to take control of your life.
Fate, luck, or other circumstances may be the driving forces behind success, but Robbins and Allen argue otherwise. You may not be able to choose your circumstances, Allen writes, but choosing your thoughts can influence your circumstances.
“Man is made or unmade by himself,” wrote Allen over a century ago “In the armoury of thought he forges the weapons by which he destroys himself; he also fashions the tools with which he builds himself for heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace.”
Allen writes that doubt and fear have never and will never accomplish anything except failure. Your thoughts and attitude are in your control. Changing them can put you on the path to success. If Tony Robbins was around 100 years ago, he would probably have penned this book himself.
Learn how to sow the right seeds.
“Just as a gardener cultivates his ploy, keeping it free from weeds, and growing the flowers and fruits which he requires, so may a man tend the garden of his mind, weeding out all the wrong, useless, and impure thoughts, and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits of right, useful, and pure thoughts,” Allen writes
In the book, Allen compares one’s mind to a garden. A garden may either be intelligently maintained or allowed to wildly grow without purposeful boundaries. Similar to the contents of a garden, your thoughts may be properly controlled and groomed. Allen describes this process as becoming the “master gardener” of your soul and the director of your life.
“Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bad fruit,” he writes.
Thoughts are like seeds — they will continue to grow and multiply. Starting with strong, optimistic thoughts will lead to more of the same, and maintaining those will lead to a better end result.
Learn to Think Big.
“Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become,” writes Allen.
Success starts with a dream. That dream, however, has to be more than simply wanting or wishing for something, Allen says. Success must be earned. It’s created by having the right thoughts and taking the right actions.
Allen’s overarching theme is that any goal is attainable with a well-structured thought process and a strong work ethic. “You will receive that which you earn,” he writes. “No more, no less.”