If You Want to Win
Walter D. Wintle
If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win, but you think you can’t,
It is almost a certain - you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost;
For out in this 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 the prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But sooner or later the man who wins
Is the one who thinks he can!
There are various versions of the above poem. Its first bibliographical source is uncertain. Original title: “Thinking”. It was published as an independent item in the associated websites on 08 January 2020, being reproduced from “The Aquarian Theosophist”, March 2018 edition, pp. 13-14.