I read this poem when I was a teenager - my mother probably gave it to me...it is something she would do, something she would believe. Pieces of it are always in my mind - most often when I attempt to do the impossible...
It really is, all in the state of mind. I'm backing to setting somewhat impossible goals for myself...too early but that's what I do. We'll see how it works...success does begin with a fellow's mind - truer words were never written. I had this typed - yes, with an old typewriter and it would float around my room (my sons get their messy tendencies from me) and it would come to the surface of stacks of paper at critical times in my life.
The Internet makes life so much easier - it is only a search away. I didn't know who wrote it - now I do - beyond that...remember...you can. No, not a la Obama with his idiotic "Yes, we can." but more from the heart...yes, I can...
The State of Mind...
If you think you are 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 being 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 one who thinks he can.
― Walter D. Wintle