As a Man Thinketh
by James Allen


As a Man Thinketh, by James Allen references, the old adage, "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." This simple statement carries with it huge implications of how powerful our thoughts are.

According to Allen, we are the makers of our lives. Whatever thoughts we choose to pay attention to influences our feelings and emotions, and therefore our circumstances.

Sometimes we find ourselves getting caught up in situations where we feel the event is happening to us. This is certainly not the case. Whatever thoughts we attach to that event is how we will perceive it. More importantly, the cause is your thoughts and the results are the effect.

Key Concept: Effect of Thought on Circumstances

Have you ever visited a beautiful garden? The flowers are growing, the leaves are a vibrant green, and the garden is free of weeds.


The mind is like a garden. Our thoughts are the seeds. Whatever we choose to plant in the garden of our mind, will bring forth results in like kind. We can choose to sow seeds of wealth, prosperity, good health, loving relationships, and a successful career.

We cultivate those thoughts so that the flowers will grow in full bloom. Our lives will begin to unfold in the way we could only dream.

Imagine visualizing a perfect scenario for your career. My wife did. She visualized for 10-15 minutes everyday for a year. She saw herself working 4 days a week, 10 hour days, in a clinic that is only 10 minutes from our house.

A year later, her thoughts became reality. Do you think this is a coincidence? It was perfect in the way the events unfolded.

This is not to say she one day woke up and was in her new occupation. But she cultivated her mind to be more consciously aware of opportunities through her dreams. And she was able to act when the situation presented itself.


If we choose not to care for our garden, weeds will take root and crowd the flowers. Weeds like complaining, blaming, and not taking responsibility for one's choices will emerge.

Pay attention to the behavior around you. You hear people blame the government for our financial circumstances. People are complaining that their retirement accounts are vanishing away and that they can no longer depend on Social Security retirement benefits.

Ultimately, who is responsible for these situations? The individual. Each person is responsible for his/her life and the events that unfold. We can complain about the problem, or we can seek to find a solution.

Seeds of Opportunity

Many would say that the Great Depression was a terrible time for our country. Do you think every single person was in financial doom and gloom? Nope. There were just as many millionaires during the Great Depression as there are in any other era in American history.

What was the difference between the millionaires and the poor? Their thoughts. Their mindset. When people saw a declining economy, they saw opportunity.

For every negative event, there is a seed of equivalent benefit. as described by Napoleon Hill. What can be learned from the situation to turn a negative situation into something positive?

Listen to Allen's simple message. His short novel, As a Man Thinketh was meant...

"to stimulate men and women to the discovery and perception of the truth that - They themselves are makers of themselves by virtue of the thoughts which they choose and encourage; that mind is the master-weaver, both of the inner garment of character and the outer garment of circumstance, and that, as they may have hitherto woven in ignorance and pain they may now weave in enlightenment and happiness."

Start planting beautiful seeds in your mind. Grow them and nurture them. Then, enjoy the fruits.


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