As A Man Thinketh
By James Allen
In its theme that ‘mind is the master weaver’, creating our inner character and outer circumstances, As A Man Thinketh is an in-depth exploration of the central idea of self-empowerment writing.
James Allen’s contribution was to take an assumption we all share – that because we are human we therefor control our thoughts – and reveal its fallacy. Because most of us believe that mind is separate from matter, we think that thoughts can be hidden and made powerless – this allows us to think one way and act another.
But Allen believed that the unconscious mind generates as much action as the conscious mind, and while we may be able to sustain the illusion of control through the conscious mind alone, in actuality we are continually faced with a question, ‘Why cannot I make myself do this or achieve that? In noting that desire and will are sabotaged by the presence of thoughts that do not align with the desire, Allen was led to that startling conclusion that,
“We do not attract what we want but what we are.”
Achievement happens because you as a person embody the external achievement; you don’t get success but become it. There is no gap between mind and matter.
We are the sum of our thoughts. We are the sum of our feelings.
The Common Denominator of Success
By Albert E.N. Gray
“This common denominator of success is so big, so powerful, and so vitally important to your future and mine that I’m not going to make a speech about it. I’m just going to ‘lay in on the line’ in words of one syllable, so simple that everyone can understand them.
The common denominator of success – the secret of success of every person who has ever been successful – lies in the fact that he or she formed the habit of doing things that failures don’t like to do. It’s just as true as it sounds and it’s just as simple as it seems.”
Albert E.N. Gray
This essay was written for a group of life insurance salesmen but you can definitely apply it to anyone—regardless of profession. In fact you will realize after reading this book that you success can be completely independent from your choice of profession.
Thoughts are Things
By Prentice Mulford
Prentice Mulford was one on the leaders of the New Thought Movement. Thoughts are Things will help you use the power of your thoughts to improve your life and to bring yourself the peace of mind you’ve always wished for. Learn how to thing in a way that will help you succeed and make you happier in every aspect of your life.
Mulford has a lot to say about all the important things in life…a child’s mind, sickness, uncompromising opposition, our thoughts and how to manage them, thinking negatively, blame, aging, happiness, the protesting mind, suffering, success, worries, healing, love and much more.
The author says, “we need to be careful of what we think and talk, because thought runs in currents as real as those of air and water. Of what we think and talk we attract to us a current of thought. The acts of your mind and body for good and ill”