Thinking by Walter Wintle

Every once in a while something will come into my awareness on multiple occasions during a short period of time.  When this happens, I take note, especially when it’s something that is new to me.

I’ve found that these situations offer me personal meaning.  Some friends tease that I’m superstitious, and I am, but in these instances I tend to feel guided.  Whether that guidance is my subconscious settling my attention on things that could trigger a conscious lesson or something more intuitive, I’ve benefited from these moments.

Over the last month I’ve heard the saying “Thoughts become things” several times.  Then a poem called Thinking by Walter Wintle also made a few appearances as though to reinforce the original message.  I enjoyed the poem and wanted to share it with you.

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 that 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’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 a prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the one who thinks he can!

Wintle realized that thoughts become things, and he articulated the lesson in this blunt and catchy poem.  He makes it plain that to achieve your goals, you have to believe in yourself and set a high standard for your thinking.  In other words, to win any prize you have to create a state of mind that reinforces your will to succeed.

This has been a great reminder for me as I’ve let my personal motivation and momentum slow.  This poem has prompted me to recall my ambitions and that I should put my creative energies back to work!

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