As a Man Thinketh by James Allen

As a Man Thinketh by James Allen

As a Man Thinketh is the book published in 1903, written by James Allen. In this read, you will get a summary of James Allen man thinketh book which will help you understand how to you can change your destiny and improve your circumstances by one simple formula “Right thinking“.


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The actual book cover is different.

As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he! – James Allen

Right thinking is the major factor that “As a Man Thinketh” book covers. According to the author, whatever you think becomes reality for you.

Whatever situation and the problem you are facing today is the result of your thoughts. Thoughts create reality.


Watch your thoughts, they become words. Your words become your actions. Actions get converted to habits. Your habits define your character. You character shapes your destiny.

Focus on what you are thinking because that is going to be your future. To live present peacefully and to change the future for your betterment, you need to change your negative and undesirable thoughts to positive.

Concentrate on your thoughts, what kind of thoughts you are thinking all the same throughout the day?

If you are thinking of hateful, lazy, revenge or selfish thoughts, it will indirectly welcome injury, disease, violence or dishonesty to your life.
Opposite to this, if you are thinking of kindness, grace, courage or loving thoughts. It increases success, freedom and self-control in your life.

It’s your decision what you want? Of course, no is willing to have injury or disease in their lives, therefore focus on your thoughts and change it accordingly. We can get victory over a bad situation, just by altering your thoughts.

This is not only followed and explained by James Allen but I have seen it supported by many other authors and successful peoples. In most of the self-help books, core takeaway is “Thoughts become reality”. You can check out my other blogs on brain and success for relative information.

As your life is a byproduct of your thoughts. Why do most of the people are unable to control their thoughts? Because they are habitual to generate the same pattern while thinking. These habits can be changed and author has explained those ways in this book so that to live a better and successful life.

This book covers these lessons in more depth.


Lesson 1 | Effect of thoughts on character

Our thought is like a seed and can become a huge tree in future. So our single thought has the power to become a big decision.


Gradually, thoughts get converted into patterns and become our character. That is why unsuccessful and negative mindset people tend to accept their failures. What they thinking of is happening in their life.

Whether you think you can or you think you can’t. You are right. – Henry Ford

If you are willing to have a successful life then you need to promise yourself that whenever you will face negative thoughts in your mind, you need to work on it to get it converted into positive thoughts.

You can check out my blog on brain exercises which will also help you to improve your thought process.

Lesson 2 | Effect of thoughts on health and body

Our body is a servant of the mind. Your body always follows commands from your brain. Our brain is creating those orders from thoughts. Whether thoughts made by you instantly or could be made from a thinking pattern that you follows.

If you don’t think wise and rightly, it has a direct impact on your body. Clean and pure thoughts cleanse the body.

It’s doesn’t matter if you change your diet to lose weight, you won’t get full results until mind decides that “Yes, I can lose weight”.

It has been scientifically proved that whatever you think, affects your body and its behaviour like sleep, heart rate, migraine and even skin.

For a clean and healthy body, you need to feed your mind with positive and pure thoughts. Consider your mind as a garden. Remove seed or a dead plant which is not growing and focus more on the one which is growing.


Lesson 3 | Thoughts and purpose

Those who don’t know the purpose of their life, you will often find such people messed with fear, worry, troubles.

Those who know their goals, purpose of life, become a stronger and capable individual.


The driver knows how to drive a car and but don’t know the destination, then he will just keep driving the car and wasting fuel.

You are the driver. If you don’t know the destination(purpose), you are wasting fuel(your life). The car you are driving is your thoughts. It will take you through the way you want it but to reach a correct destination, you must know your purpose.

Lesson 4 | Serenity


Serenity is a state of mind where your thoughts are calm and peaceful. Mind calmness is the patience of efforts of self-control. Self-control is the key to live a peaceful life. It’s not a one day job to achieve it, it takes time to make your mind calm and achieve serenity.

If you find it difficult to control your mind, you can do yoga or meditation and always be focused on what you are thinking. You know that there are 12 brain rules exists which can help you to gain more control to your thoughts.


  • Work on yourself. By this, I mean work on your mind which can cultivate the seed of your thought which can grow big to give you fruits of happiness and success in your life.
  • Your thoughts are like a magnet to your body. It attracts things you think of. So think right.
  • Your body and soul are connected to your thoughts. So to be healthy, you need to think positively in each situation.
  • Know your purpose(destination) to drive a car(your thoughts) in the right direction.
  • Have better control of your car (your thoughts) so that to avoid accidents.

I have summarized these lessons for you from the book “As a Man Thinketh” so that if you can quickly and easily understand what this book has to offer to you. This is one of the powerful books I have ever read because these lessons can change your life drastically.

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Until next time, never stop reading…

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