Published in 1902. "The man is literally what he thinks, his character is the sum of all his thoughts", James Allen carefully explains the process behind a sustained positive thinking and the impact it generates in our circumstances.
The events in our lives do not occur by chance but are the logical result of a persistent mental process through constant practice and patience that human being becomes the master of his life.
Certainly man can not directly influence on the conditions of everyday life, but actually can, through his thinking, influence indirectly and affect his reality, and thus shape his experiences.
The human being is the master of the world around him, he has the power to forge the weapons with which conditions his existence, whether happy or not. He or she must stop blaming others for their failures, since only he himself is the creator and executor of the decisions he makes; and whether he acts right or wrong he will endure the circumstances he has caused to himself. His responsibility then, is to carefully choose the thoughts that will predominate in his mind to create the conditions he pursues. Man is always the doer of his circumstances, even in difficult times; he in his ignorance is the naive teacher who does not notice that the solution is in his hands if only he changed his mind pattern.
Whoever wants to change their present conditions must train their mind to only focus on the thoughts that will bring peace, prosperity and love. That is, he will have to insist on keeping an idea that represents his desire, and patiently wait for its materialization. Facts will take some time to become apparent on the outside, while thinking and outside events come into one whole. It is a mistake to judge the current external circumstances as proof that present thought has no effect, because visible conditions are the results of a previous mental process.
"Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself"
"The body is the servant of the mind, watch your mind. If you would renew your body, beautify your mind"
"A man can only rise, conquer and achieve by lifting up his thoughts"
Like all human beings, I am in the search of something (who knows what ...), I’ve read several authors in order to find answers, including: Claude Bristol, Joseph Murphy, Bob Proctor and Tony Robbins; and apparently those answers are not as hard to find as I had supposed, but difficult to put them into practice as I have experienced so far. I found The Power of Your Subconscious Mind written by Joseph Murphy, quite educational and easy to digest, it offer very simple and practical exercises.
The title of the book As a Man Thinketh was inspired by a Bible proverb that says: "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he" The book says that is not enough to assume a positive attitude at certain times of day: in the morning just before waking up, or at night right before getting completely asleep as J. Murphy says in the book The Power of Your Subconscious Mind. It is essential that positive thoughts will last throughout the day in our minds if we really want to turn our dreams into reality.
"Raise your standards" says Tony Robbins and create your R-I-T-U-A-L-S. "Change your paradigms" warns Bob Proctor, until they become H-A-B-I-T-S.
Consider this phrase for a moment: "A particular train of thought persisted in, be it good or bad, cannot fail to produce its results on the character and circumstances", I want to believe that this sentence explains everything; the good and the evil around us. This is a fascinating and vast subject that is worth deepening; I suggest reading the authors mentioned above as a complement, all of them speak essentially about the same thing even though they use different terms. As for the veracity of this theory I’ll let each reader make their own decision.