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 begins with a fellow’s will:
It’s all in his 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’ll ever win that 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.
By Walter D. Wintle
Wintle’s poem is one of my favorites because it reveals the true power of the brain. I think this is important because people can’t realize their true potential without acknowledging the fact that they can do anything that they put their mind to. We live in a world where everyone is perceived to always be happy and extremely well-off by virtue of their social media and the guard that they put up in public. In addition to this, we live in a world that is extremely competitive and that praises a certain kind of individual. We all know this type of individual, this individual is normally an extrovert who conforms to societal norms such as beauty and who seemingly embodies the concept of ‘meritocracy. It is a commonly held belief that those individuals who fit this description get everything that they want and most people who don’t often feel like they are not good enough.
I speak not of my own experience but that of someone who is close to my heart. This person often speaks to me about how inadequate he feels in comparison to his peers because he is does not have a tall, chiseled body nor does he have an extroverted personality nor the confidence to do all the things that would seemingly make him successful. The sad part of this dilemma is that I know that this person is capable of conquering the world if he puts his mind to it. When he compares himself to his extroverted peers who seem to have it all, he feels inadequate and shuts himself down which obscures his view of his true potential. He stops applying himself, loses many opportunities that he really wanted and fades into the background. He fades into the background because he thought that he was beaten by his peers so he was before the fight even started. He wants to win but thinks he doesn’t stand a chance so he will never have one. As long as he thinks that he will lose, he will because success and achievement begins with a state of mind.
If you think greatness, then you shall be great. If you think mediocrity, then you will be mediocre. Whatever you put into your mind and internalize, that you shall be. Believe in yourself and I promise you that you will be on the path to attaining your goal. Despite the circumstances, predicaments or what others might tell you, believe in yourself and your own potential because if you don’t then who will. At the end of the day, you have to make decisions with the knowledge that you live with all the decisions that you make and don’t make; one should also live with the knowledge that a battle that is never fought, is already lost. Don’t compare yourself to others because you have never lived a day in their shoes and the extroverted individual who seemingly has it all also has their own problems; no one’s life is perfect so one should never feel a sense of inadequacy as a result of comparing themselves to their peers even though it is hard not to in our society. I am a strong believer that the only comparison that a person should make as it relates to their life is between the point that they are at currently at and the point that would like to be. From there, it’s not about others but about personal development and believing that you can be the person that you want to be. Wintle’s words ring true at this point because, “Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man; but sooner or later who wins is the man who thinks he can”.
Peace, Love and Prosperity