It’s All In A State of Mind

I don’t remember exactly what grade I was in, but I believe it was 5th or 6th grade when a teacher had us memorize this poem.

Being only 10 or 11 at the time, I didn’t fully grasp its meaning, but I certainly get it now.  Adulting has a way of doing that to you 🙂

The author, Walter D Wintle, was a late 19th/early 20th century poet, but not much else is known about his life.  Whatever happened over the course of his time on this earth, he sure understood the ‘mind over matter’ mantra.  Enjoy!

If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you like to win, but you think you can’t,
It’s almost a “cinch” you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost.
For out in the world you find
Success begins with a fellow’s will;
It’s all in the state of mind.

Full many a race is lost
Ere ever a step is run;
And many a coward fails
Ere ever his work’s begun.
Think big and your deeds will grow,
Think small and you’ll fall behind,
Think that you can and you will;
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think 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 stronger or faster man.
But sooner or later, the man who wins,
Is the fellow who thinks he can.




One thought on “It’s All In A State of Mind

  1. […] I can and will be an advocate for myself and the people I love.  I know some extra questions to ask doctors.  I know about resources that I can share with others to help them learn or get help.  I now feel like getting a second opinion should be considered more often than not.  It kind of goes back to the “State of Mind” poem I shared here a few weeks ago. […]


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