What you’re thinking about, you’re becoming.
Mohamed Ali once said this in an intimate interview. It may be my favorite quote ever. Simple enough to feel like you’ve known it all along, yet profound enough to shake you to your core.
But the mindset behind this quote from The Greatest was hardly a new notion at the time, nor is it yet completely forgotten nowadays. For example, in the brief literary essay As a Man Thinketh by James Allen (1902) – about a 30 minute read – the foreword opens with this encapsulating verse:
Mind is the Master power that molds
And Man is Mind, and evermore he
The tool of Thought, and, shaping
what he wills,
Brings forth a thousand joys, a
He thinks in secret, and it comes to
Environment is but his looking-glass.