What does Kipling mean, "If you can think and not make thoughts your aim?"?

Question:Just looking for some help with this line in the poem, "IF"

Answers:
He is referring to the ability to use one's mind to "think" without having the goal of the act be to produce particular thoughts. An analogy might be an athletic endeavor, like basketball or golf, where the finest athletes are no longer thinking about how to do what they do, they just do it. The muscles are practiced. Tiger doesn't stand over a ball and "try" to make a good swing. He makes a good swing without having a good swing be the goal, and gets spectacular results. Kipling suggests that this type a facility with ones mind is a trait to be sought after.
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