There is a poem that I have kept with me since I was a kid. It has been a source of inspiration for years and I really wanted to share it with you tonight.
When I mean that I’ve kept it, I mean that it has either been up on my office wall, or tucked in a notebook in my room, and it seems that I’ve always been able to access it when I have needed to for the last 30-some-odd years. Of course, this is not hard now that we have the internet, and I’m pretty sure that I found the latest and greatest version that I have online.
In any event, when I was younger I remember that my dad, the eternal optimist, had this poem on the wall in his office. I first noticed it because I thought the last few lines were really cool, and so I memorized them. I had a friend who knew of the poem as well, and from the time we were in grade school together and to this very day, we repeat it to each other when on of us needs some encouragement.
The poem really speaks about success being a state of mind, and I think this is such an important lesson for us to learn. Focus, clarity of purpose, unwavering will, and undying persistence are the things that will ultimately produce results for us in our lives. And they are all, in the beginning, a state of mind.
I’ve posted this poem before, and I imagine that I’ll post it again, but I really felt a strong energy tonight about putting it up on the blog, and I’m not going to fight that feeling…
The poem is credited to Walter D. Wintle, who I admittedly don’t know much about. I was going to include a Wikipedia link there, but they don’t know much about him, either. What I do know however, and this is without question, is that he penned one of the greatest and most motivational poems in history. I hope that you find it as inspirational as I have, and that it will move you to continue in your quest for whatever goal or dream you are pursuing.
Perhaps it is exactly what one of you or a whole bunch of you need to read tonight. Maybe you’ve read it before, and this will simply give you a chance to reflect on it and look for an even deeper or more significant meaning for yourself. Or maybe you’ll just think the last part is really cool and you’ll memorize it. Enjoy…
The Man Who Thinks He Can
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’ll lose, you’ve 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 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 man who thinks he can.