Thought and Character
“As a man thinketh in his heart so is he,” summarizes the first section of Allen’s book. He goes on to further explain that a person is literally what they think of, their character being the complete sum of all their thoughts.
If you think about this, Allen is spot on. Some might argue and say that it’s the environment that determines one’s character and not one’s thoughts. However, if you look at those who have risen above their environment, you would have noticed that their environment did not create their character but instead, revealed their character.
The logic here is very clear. Noble thoughts are what make and noble person, and negative ones create a miserable one. How many times have we seen people who constantly focus on the negative when someone in their exact situation are able to rise above it. Victor Frankl is a perfect example of this.
The Effect of Thought on Circumstance
According to James Allen, we not only attract what we want, but also what we don’t want. People knowledgeable with the law attraction know this concept all too well. He explains, that our minds can be likened to a garden which can be actively cultivated or allowed to run wild. Whether we cultivated or not, it will and must, bring forth. If we do not actively plant useful seeds of thought then by default, noxious ones will take its place.
Everyone is where they are as a result of the thoughts which they have built into their character. As long as you believe yourself to be the creature of outside conditions, you’ll never realize your true potential. And not until you realize that your external circumstances are a direct match with your dominant thoughts, you will never obtain the power necessary to change your life.
Our souls attract that which we secretly harbor, that which we secretly love as well as fear. Because every thought that we allow to fall in our mind — if we allow it to take root — will sooner or later blossom into an action and bear its own harvest of consequence, whether bad or good.
We cannot escape the fact that our outer world of circumstance is molded by our inner world of thought. We may labor all we want to improve our circumstances, but until we are willing to improve ourselves we will forever remain bound to those circumstances. Again this is worth repeating: “We do not attract what we want, but what we are”. And what we are is the result of what we most often think about…
As a Man Thinketh is the sixth of fifty-two books in Life Training – Online’s series 52 Personal Development Books in 52 Weeks.