As a Man Thinketh by James Allen is a work of art published in 1903. It will help you develop a growth mindset. I consider it one of the most powerful books on the planet because its message lies at the foundation of 99% of all self-development books ever published. I’m confident this s as a man thinketh summary will upgrade you! Watch this video to the very end to learn 7 lessons that will improve the rest of your life.
LESSON 1: Your Mind is Like a Garden
A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind. James tells us that our lives will always be found to be related to our INNER STATE we are where we are in our lives because of our thoughts if you’re unhappy and living in a box under the stairs with no money it’s because of your thoughts, as Bill Gates says: “If you were born poor it’s not your fault, if you die poor it is your fault” so start cultivating our mind by planting useful seeds. to me this
means constantly learning taking action and thinkin better thoughts.
LESSON 2: The Body is the Servant of the Mind
At thebidding of unlawful thoughts, the body sinks rapidly into disease and decay; at the command of glad and beautiful thoughts, it becomes clothed with youthfulness and beauty.
The difference between Jim and miserable overweight person and Clark a happy fit person are their thoughts Clark thinks it’s hard pushing myself to exercise every day but it makes me happy and fills me with energy the long-term payoff is worth it I love eating healthy food every day because I value my health and body Jim on the other hand may think I can’t be bothered exercising today so I won’t a bit of fast food for dinner won’t hurt me I’ve tried exercising and eating healthy for one week but it never made a difference of course you can’t think you will be healthy and magically lose weight become happy overnight but the habits and actions required to do so all start with the right thoughts this brings us to our next lesson.
LESSON 3: Thought Crystallizes into Habit, and Habit into Circumstance
On a daily basis I think about growing a huge YouTube channel that makes powerful books more accessible to the world if these thoughts want a daily habit I’d stop posting videos and a channel would stop growing the book doesn’t tell us how to form habits but here are my top three tips are using my own life
number one I write my thoughts down first thing in the morning I write daily affirmations in my journal an
affirmation is basically a thought that you affirm to yourself if you want to become a famous singer right I’m a famous singer but don’t write I want to be a famous singer because that implies you always be thinking about becoming a famous singer rather than actually being a famous singer
number two is to understand the long term benefit this is the reason I was able to stick to a ketogenic diet for three months and eliminate both fast food and soft drink for over a year here’s a list of benefits I get from eating healthy increased energy levels increased strength I look healthier a stronger immune system ability to handle stress better think more clearly a lower chance of diabetes and cancer and a psychological boost for making healthy choices there’s hundreds more so all of a sudden a cheeseburger and a can of coke is extremely unappealing to me I’d rather eat a healthy salad and drink water any day and
number three I associate pain with bad habits to quit drinking soft drink I internalized in my mind all the bad things that was doing for my health I no longer find soft drink desirable.
LESSON 4: Aimlessness is a Vice
aimlessness is a vice until thought is linked with purpose there is no intelligent accomplishment have you ever had that moment where you’re laying in bed munching on some snacks you stare up at the ceiling and you ask yourself what am I doing with my life it’s easy to settle into daily routines with no real purpose you wake up have a shower go to work come home eat dinner go to bed and do the whole thing over again every do call this is water by David Foster Wallace is when I find myself constantly coming back to because it inspired me to aim for something bigger than myself rather than securing to a life of monotony so how do you find your purpose Michael unk’s author of become the ACE says go out and explore try new things your greatest talent may emerge from something you’ve never considered the most fulfilled people always seem to have a purpose Bill Gates dreamed of having a computer on every desk in every home in the world Mark Zuckerberg purpose is to connect the world what’s yours.
LESSON 5: None But Himself Can Alter His Condition
A strong man cannot help a weaker unless the weaker is willing to be helped when I discovered how much self-development books changed my life I wanted to tell everyone about them the thought of people living years of their lives were solvable problems drives me nuts I could shove the book how to win friends and influence people down Johnny’s throat I could list all the benefits and the impact the book is had on my life and how it can help Johnny I may be able to nudge him in the right direction but at the end of the day it’s up to Johnny to take charge of his life that’s why I don’t waste time helping people who aren’t willing to change I focus on the people who are
LESSON 6: Gifts Are Fruits of Effort, Not Luck
If you haven’t heard of Gary Vaynerchuk you’re living in a box Gary has become known as the social media expert he runs an extremely successful social media company called vaynermedia and serves fortune 500 companies as he got more and more media attention in recent years he got so many emails from his old friends from high school saying hey Gary you’re so lucky Gary replied to every single email and said let me clarify one thing I worked I worked every goddamn weekend and every holiday since I was 14 years old so you can keep that luck shit in your pocket everyone has the power to be gifted or talented it’s up to you to put in the effort I highly recommend watching Gary’s video called overnight success if you’re not convinced there’s a link in the description.
LESSON 7: Calmness of Mind is One of the Beautiful Jewels of Wisdom
calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom James says that strong calm people are always loved and revered one develops calmness by patiently developing their self-control can people control the temper and embrace positivity whether it rains or the Sun shines we gravitate towards people who don’t panic in dire situations here’s a way I see it if a meteorite was coming at a full-bore threatening to destroy the whole world who would you go to for support the calm guys sitting blissfully who says it’s going to be ok or the other guy has Blitzen freaking and show lurking screaming out loud going holy crap we’re all going to die.