Taking charge of our thought life is not a new idea. Ever come across a book, even a book from long ago, with profound wisdom?  When I find them, I like to share them. As a Man Thinketh, by James Allen is an oldie but goodie.

I’ve learned the power of managing my thinking, and have a fondness for learning all the ways in which I can do that. Thoughts are like our steering wheel through life. Thoughts can make or break our happiness. As a Man Thinketh is one of those profound little books from long ago that is packed with simple but powerful wisdom. It’s right up there with Power of Now and the works of Byron Katie in importance for managing our thought life.

As a Man Thinketh

by James Allen

The great gurus remind us that thought precedes action. When we understand the transition point between our thoughts and our actions, we have some power. We can choose.

As a Man Thinketh is a tiny book that addresses the power of our thoughts and challenges us to use them to create what we want, and maybe more importantly, how to stop creating the things we don’t want. From the book:

    “Man is buffeted by circumstances so long as he believes himself to be the creature of outside conditions, but when he realizes that he is a creative power, and that he may command the hidden soil and seeds of his being out of which circumstances grow, he then becomes the rightful master of himself.”

If we can be aware of our thoughts, we can direct them for our own use, rather than let them drag us wherever they like. If you want to read more about managing your thoughts through divorce, see Part 4 in my Beyond Divorce book. There are three chapters dedicated to this important topic.

“Men imagine that thought can be kept secret, but it cannot; it rapidly crystallizes into habit, and habit solidifies into circumstance.”

This is a thought-provoking and somewhat confrontational little book that requires much chewing.