The poem at the end of this post is one of my all time favorites. It is credited to Walter D. Wintle. I remember reading it as a kid on a plaque that my father had on the wall of his office. At the time, I just thought it sounded cool , and didn’t really grasp the full meaning. But something inside me let me know that it was special, so it stayed with me.
Years later, after reading books like Napoleon Hill’s classic “Think and Grow Rich”, I really started to appreciate the absolute truth contained in this piece. I have shared it with many of my salespeople over the years and also with many of my friends. I have read it to my kids. I often repeat the last verse to myself just because it reminds me of how powerful our minds are. It has truly had a positive and lasting effect on who I am. I’m hoping that it might move some of you in the same way.
It’s all about the power of positive thought and the idea that one’s state of mind is the key to achieving or not achieving anything.
When I start to ponder the whole concept of positive thinking, I am reminded that the mind is something completely different than the brain. The mind is really who we are. It is our essence as individuals and not so much just the gray matter inside our craniums. Realizing this gives whole new meaning to phrases like “mind power”.
For example, I don’t think it’s mere coincidence that when you hear athletes interviewed after big wins or amazing accomplishments they all say something like, “I dreamed about this moment all of my life” or “I have been picturing this since I was a kid” or “Nobody thought I could do this, but I believed in myself, and made it happen”. That’s mind power, baby! It’s something a little bigger than the occasional thought or fleeting vision. It is a physical force far more powerful that many give it credit for.
So go ahead and read the poem now, and feel the words as you read them. See if it has an effect on you like it has had on me. If it touches you or inspires you, I’d love to hear about it.
If you think you’re beaten, you are
If you think you dare not, you don’t,
If you’d like to win – but think you can’t
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.
If you think you will 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 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 the prize
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man
But sooner or later the man who wins
Is the one who thinks he can