If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you wonít.
If you like to win, but donít think you can,
Itís almost a cinch that you wonít.

If you think youíll lose, you've lost,
For out in the world youíll find
Success begins with a personís will;
Itís all in the state of mind.

For many a game is lost
Before even a step is run
And many a coward fails
Before his work is begun.

Think big and your deed will grow;
Think small and you will fall behind.
Think that you can and you will;
Itís all in the state of mind.

If you think that you are out-classed, you are;
You've got to think high to rise.
You've got to be sure of yourself
Before you can win the prize.

Lifeís battles don't always go
To the strongest or fastest man
But sooner or later the person who wins
Is the person who thinks she or he can.

Walter D. Wintle (Adapted)
Extra verses added by Trista Stilley

Trista Stilley

This poem has been reprinted many times since 1905 under a variety of titles and with subtle differences in the wording.

©Rose McKinley
"Through The Eyes Of Love"
Used With Permission.


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