In a rapidly changing society shaped by the fast-paced modern technology, we often get captive of ideas and concepts that instead of clarifying our purpose, obstruct its rationalization into our minds. Lest we be on guard of our thoughts, we become the result of what our minds weave.
James Allen, a British philosopher and writer, illustrates how fragile a human mind can be. In his As A Man Thinketh, a 1903 self-help book, Allen notes the following:
1. Thoughts become our character. The character of a man is the complete sum of all his thoughts. For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.
2. Thoughts affect our circumstance. Good thoughts bear good fruits. Circumstance does not make a man. It reveals him to himself. A man is the cause of his circumstance. Similarly, suffering is an indication that the individual is out of harmony with himself. Thus, while a man cannot directly choose his circumstance, he can choose his thoughts, and so indirectly, yet surely, shape his circumstance.
3. Thoughts affect our health and body. The body is the servant of the mind. It obeys its operations. Strong, pure and happy thoughts build up the body in vigor and grace. The body is a delicate and plastic instrument, which responds readily to the thoughts by which it is impressed, and habits of thought produce their own effects good or bad, upon it.
4. Thoughts affect our purpose. Thought allied fearlessly to purpose becomes a creative force. Hence, a man should conceive of a legitimate purpose in his heart and set out to accomplish it. He should make this purpose the centralizing point of his thoughts. To begin to think with purpose.
5. Thoughts affect our achievement. All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts. A man can only rise, conquer, and achieve by lifting up his thoughts. Achievement of whatever kind is the crown of effort, the diadem of thought.
The realization that we are the makers of ourselves depending upon the thoughts we keep and encourage makes Allen’s thoughts subliminal, transcending generations from his to ours. His thoughts are much reproduced here to convey their real beauty and capture your motivation the way his book did to me.