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 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 are 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 (hu)man,
But soon or late the (hu)man who wins
Is the (hu)man WHO THINKS THEY CAN!
(Author: Walter D. Wintle)
I’m sure many of you have heard or read this poem before. It was written a very long time ago and has been quoted in may books by many authors. I first heard it in the basketball binder that my Dad/Coach gave me in high school. I ran across it again when I read the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. That book was written in 1937 if that give you any idea of how long this poem has been around.
NOTE: I did add the (hu)’s in front of man and changed HE to THEY in the last sentence.
A positive mindset and overall positive attitude will change your life.
I realize that may sound dramatic and a little Pollyanna and that many of you reading this may not agree. That is perfectly ok and welcomed here! Share your thoughts in the comments, just keep them clean and no personal attacks on anyone.
There is a ton of research out there that I could reference here (Google is awesome), but instead I would like to share a little about my journey and my experience with attitude.
Prior to 2008, I would say that I had a pretty positive attitude and was “on my way” based on the worlds definition of success. Those of you reading this that worked with or for me back then, know how often I talked about positive attitudes and I sure loved my quotes! Still do…
I am in the mortgage industry… 2008 was the beginning of the mortgage meltdown… I was so prideful in myself and naive about what was happening that I walked away from my job and felt that I would land somewhere quickly because of who I was. 18 months later, and after having lost literally everything I had worked so hard to accumulate, I found myself broken and shell of the man I had been.
Not all of that was bad! In maintaining a positive attitude and not giving up, my marriage actually grew stronger through this experience. My relationship with Christ blossomed and I figured out that my happiness does not come from my toys, my home or what I drive.
In looking back, I would not trade that experience for anything. It showed me how the power of a positive attitude can get me through anything, and when I couple that with finding my sense of worth and identity in my Creator, I am able to have an influence on my family and others that I did not have the ability to have before.
There is a lot more to the story that I won’t get into here, however just know that 10 years later, I am seeing the fruits of that experience. It has been a slow road by many accounts, but the reality is the timing of it all has been perfect. God’s timing is always perfect.