Walter D Wintle's, "Thinking" is poem most of us may have heard and it deserves its legendary mantle. Remember, 'the person who wins is the one who thinks he can!' Poems that live long in your memory and make you want to write more poetry can only be a good thing. And what makes the poem even more mystical is little to nothing is known about any details of Wintle's life, besides being being a poet who lived in the late 19th and early 20th century.
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 cinch you won't.
If you think you'll lose, you've lost; For out in this world we find Success begins with a person'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 person who wins Is the one who thinks he can!