“Of all the beautiful truths pertaining to the soul that have been restored and brought to light in this age, none is more gladdening or fruitful of divine promise and confidence than this — that you are the master of your thought, the molder of your character, and the maker and shaper of your condition, environment and destiny.”
This 1902 classic succinctly summarizes the theme of the self-help movement — the idea that the “mind is the master weaver.”
It’s interesting for me to think about some of the conversations that I’ve had with my peers. A common belief that many of them share is that their thoughts are somewhat separate from who they are. They may think that they can hide their thoughts from the world, thinking one way but acting another.
Allen’s contribution in As a Man Thinketh was to reveal the fallacy of this sentiment. As you’ll come to see this week, Allen discovered that “we do not attract what we want, but what we are.” And what we are is what we dominantly think about. (someone else knew the secret I guess…)
As a Man Thinketh is the sixth of fifty-two books in Life Training – Online’s series 52 Personal Development Books in 52 Weeks.