This blog post is taken from my book Golden Nuggets, and it’s simply a poem written by Walter Wintle and published in 1905.

It’s entitled “Thinking,” and it goes like this…

If you think that you’re beaten; you are,
If you think that you dare not; you don’t.
If you’d like to win, but you think that you can’t,
Then it’s almost certain you won’t.

If you think that you’ll lose; you’re lost,
For out in the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow’s will.
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think that you’re outclassed; you are,
You’ve got to think high to rise,
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
you can ever win a prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go
To the strongest or fastest man.
But sooner or later the man who wins,
Is the man who thinks that he can.