It’s All In A State of Mind

It's All In A State of Mind Poem
Here’s another great poem that I’m sure you’ve heard before. 

There’s a couple variations floating around the net, but this one appears to be the original.

“It’s All In A State Of Mind”

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.

-Walter D. Wintle

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    • Elizabeth
    • January 14, 2010

    Thanks for the encouragement to keep at a goal I’m shy about trying for, thinking I won’t be good enough. This poem shed light on my silent inner un-confidence and challenges me to march on!

    • julia
    • January 28, 2010

    I really wanna know who wrote this poem. I like this poem much.
    Are you sure that it’s written by Walter D. Wintle? Please Let me know as soon as you can. Look forward to hear from you.

    1. Reply

      Yes, I did a bit of research on it before, so I was pretty sure I had it right. But Wikipedia answers all things, and that’s where I just went now.

      Check out these two pages and they will answer your questions:

    • Lee
    • March 12, 2010

    We are all born with special gifts and talents, first we need to recognise our strengths and weaknesses. We then need to work on strengthening our weaknesses.

    We have to believe in ourselves and not worry if we do not succeed straight away. Success comes with allot of hard work as long as you are willing to preserver, you will reach your goal. Sure there will be times when you want to give up but just think how great it will be when you finally succeed. Creating successful images in your mind will help you to achieve your goals.

    Who said life was easy? It is what we make of it.

    Great poem Shawn.

    Take care always….

    • Mayank Arora
    • March 12, 2010

    This is really an excellent poem which encourages a person to face numerous challenges in life and clearly justifies the fact: “WHERE THERE IS WILL THERE IS A WAY”. Keep sending these types of precious pieces…:-)

    • Laurie Vowels
    • March 12, 2010

    I’ve always known the first verse of this poem and didn’t know there was more to it. It’s great to read the rest of it, love this poem.

    • indra
    • September 1, 2010

    Very nice poem Shawn. All of us have some special talent in us. Its just that we are afraid to try new things in life. Trust in yourself and be brave in order to be successful. Have a great day! 🙂

    • annetta
    • December 30, 2014

    My boss always told this poems
    To me an my family,I truly miss him an love him .

    • bhe
    • June 21, 2016

    everything starts with you,i remember a man who had a dream of changing the world not to commit crime,while his child was a criminal. he was a loud-speaker,a preacher,author and a motivator,he told his friends that i try’d my level best to thought the whole world about living a healthy and a clean life by not comitting crime but i was told that my country is one of the worst countries in the world with high rate of crime,they say if maybe my country can decrease crime it wil be reasonable for them to listen to me.i then went back to my country,but still it proof fruitless,one lady what if you start teaching your province first,i took her advice but stil no success.i then went to my town,i was told to teach,preach for my family beacuse they say my child is still commiting crime,it’s where i realise that “cherity begins at home”
    If i thought my child about life while he was young,he was going to lead by example in my community,for which that was going to work to my advantage and people were going to respect me,listen to and its where by i was going to get support from my city,my province,my counrty and everyone in the world was gonna appreciate me and what GOAL i was trying to ACHIEVE.

    • B.ZWANE
    • June 21, 2016

    You have the power to achieve any “GOAL” you set your mind on,if you fail to achive your dream,others will hire you help them to achieve theirs! No pain no gain,bear in your mind,everything starts with you!!!

    • Adam Mereotlhe Mokgatlha
    • October 31, 2016

    This is a true motivation. Everything we achieve starts with the mind. It is correct that we should always be positive and think big. We have God’s given talents hidden in us. It is my believe that one has to explore and take risks in order to succeed.

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