This time I’d like to share a short but very powerful poem by Walter D. Wintle

I think we can’t remind ourselves often enough that it’s in our hands whether we succeed or fail!

If you think you are beaten, you are,
If you think you dare not, you don’t
If you like to win, but think you can’t,
It is almost certain you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost
For out of 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 soon or late the man who wins
IS THE MAN WHO THINKS HE CAN!

Some examples from real-life where the above proved to be very true:

  • JK Rowling had her Harry Potter manuscript rejected by 12 different publishers before it ended up with Bloomsbury
  • Sir Roger Bannister was the man who ran a mile in less than 4 minutes, which was considered to be humanly impossible and dangerous prior to that – check out this video:

I’m sure you can think of many more examples – feel free to share them in the comments section below.