Most contemporary personal development authors and teachers credit this little book for providing foundation to their principles. Watch your habits, for they become your character. Aimlessness is a vice, and such drifting must not continue for him who would steer clear of catastrophe and destruction. That is why forgiveness is so important for good health. So how can I love my Savior, and not long for His company? James Allen's presents his ideas like a no-holds-bar-stop-making-excuses-for-your-life slap in the face.
The enemy throws thoughts at you all day. Statements being uttered in the book carry a heavy deal of wisdom while gently they touch your soul. Happiness and success as one 3. Denis Waitley, 16-Time International Best Selling Author Beyond the New Testament, the Old Testament and other books documenting the beliefs of the greatest religions of the world, there is one little book that impacted my life dramatically during my formative teenage years. You are as young as you feel — is another saying that yet again proves and endorses this idea. As a progressive and evolving being, man is where he is that he may learn that he may grow; and as he learns the spiritual lesson which any circumstance contains for him, it passes away and gives place to other circumstances.
Doesn't the pompousness, the selfishness, the sheer vacuity of Allen's thinking show through? I guess I can agree on some of Allen's premise here, but I feel like he takes it too far, and man does he beat a dead horse. James Allen said that bad thoughts lead to sickness and disease, which is the part I agree with. Right thinking begins with the words we say to ourselves. This does not mean that a man's circumstances at any given time are an indication of his entire character, but that those circumstances are so intimately connected with some vital thought-element within himself that, for the time being, they are indispensable to his development. Moreover, we have to get rid of our useless thoughts to achieve our goals. The strange thing about life is that only a handful of people have defined goals. Therefore, when we choose and pursue a particular line of thought, consciously we build our own destiny.
The higher he lifts his thoughts, the greater will be his success. It's a revolutionary but not very well-known piece of work that has also inspired Napoleon Hill to write. It takes renewing of our minds through the Word of God, meaning reading, believing, obedience, etc. A calm man, having learned how to govern himself, knows how to adapt himself to others. But we have the mind of Christ.
The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart, this you will build your life by; this you will become. He should make this purpose the centralizing point of his thoughts. Happiness and success as one 3. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind. During that time I moved in and out of a deep depression. Allen believes there is a law of thought that determines our every life event.
At the peak of economic fluctuations, the market now more than ever, requires ingenuity. Watch your habits, for they become your character. A bestial character is the result of groveling thoughts. Doubt and fear are the great enemies of knowledge and must be slain. Just like a gardener removes the weeds from his garden so must we discard the impure and useless thoughts from our mind and must concentrate on cultivating the useful and pure thoughts. No effect is without its cause; no cause is without its effect.
For much of the 1890s, Allen worked as a private secretary and stationer in several British manufacturing firms. What I find intriguing about it is that all of us have such powerful inherent potential and yet we cut ourselves down and undermine our own efforts with useless and defeatist thinking. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed-seeds will fall therein, and will produce their kind. Though the book is written in a most simple manner and proved to be a source of inspiration for many; I did not find myself agreeing with everything that it had to say. Do you need to change your thinking? Dreams are the seedlings of realities. What man holds in his mind has a tremendous effect upon his physical body. The body becomes ill or breaks down as it reacts to excessive stresses.
What should be the thoughts that drive me? Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself. As he thinks, so is he; as he continues to think, so he remains. The Oak sleeps in an acorn. As A Man Thinketh has influenced many contemporary writers including Norman Vincent Peale, Earl Nightingale, Denis Waitley and Tony Robbins, among others. This book just repeats itself over and over and gets a bit tiresome, especially for something so short. Thought and character are one, and as character can only manifest and discover itself through environment and circumstance, the outer conditions of a person's life will always be found to be harmoniously related to his inner state. Yes, bad thoughts do corrupt the body and can lead to bad health, but the reverse is not always true.
A book on the power and right application of thought! And we all know the power of positive thinking. While steady demeanor is a worthy goal, there is much to be said for enthusiasm, emotion, and variety in personalities. This godly sorrow may not be what he means by suffering, but I also can't imagine suffering at the unforseen death of a loved one to be suffering of our own making, unless you are considering it to be a challenge in life you chose to encounter. Make the fountain' pure and all will be pure. When he was fifteen his father was brutally murdered by a robber, forcing Allen out of school and into the workforce.
Then, at the age of 38, he retired with his wife to a small cottage in Ilfracombe, a tiny town on the northernmost coast of England. Effect of Thought on Circumstances A man's mind may be likened to a garden — cultivated or uncultivated. When my mind is cleared after experiencing some dramatic phase of my life and I am super focused on what I want for a couple of days, then I stop thinking about it completely. Take concrete actions, and listen to those people whose. The name comes from combining the word psycho which means mind and the word soma which means body. Born in Leicester, England, into a working-class family, Allen was the elder of two brothers.