I came across the following poem by Walter D. Wintle several months ago and since then it has given me courage, motivation and inspiration to persist on. I have read it over so many times that I can pretty much say it off by heart now. Take a read over this poem and identify the meaning and power it gives you. Then like me, you can draw on that power and motivation when you are going through a struggle or challenging time.

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 man,

But soon or late the man who wins


– Walter D. Wintle