I just finished reading the little volume As A Man Thinketh by James Allen. Don’t let the small size of this book fool you. It is full of gems of wisdom, in a classic that is more than a century old. It revolves around the idea that it is a man’s thoughts alone that drive his life. James refutes all notions of fatalism and determinism. The book is composed of a number of essays: Thought and Character, Effect of Thought on Circumstances, Effect Of Thought on Health and the Body, The Though-Factor In Achievement, Vision and Ideals, Serenity. While I agree with the author at a high level, there is much left to be said about execution and taking action. While thought is a necessary pre-requisite it is the implementation that drives results.
A recommended bed-side quick read. I will conclude with some of my favority quotes from the book:
“A man cannot directly choose his circumstances, but he can choose his thoughts, and so indirectly, yet surely, shape his circumstances.”
“Self-control is strength; Right Though is mastery; Calmness is power. Say unto your heart, “Peace. Be still!”