All in Your Thinking

Autumn Leaves

In one of my old books of poetry, I found some golden autumn leaves pressed carefully into a page. This was the poem on that page. Although the words aren’t quite addressing a little girl, I remember liking the poem when I was a kid. And so, I’m sharing (as formatted in the book):

‘Thinking’ (or) ‘The Man Who Thinks He Can’ by 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 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 being 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.


Filed under Childhood, Inspiration, Journal, Life, Nature, Poetry, Psychology

24 responses to “All in Your Thinking

  1. I need to read this today……

  2. So what picture does this poetry fit?

  3. Beautiful poem Karen, had a good reason to bookmark the page 🙂
    Enjoy a good week!

  4. Thank you for sharing this Karen, it’s very very encouraging !

  5. I’d read parts of this poem before but never knew who’d written it. A great reminder to be mindful of our thoughts. So lovely to find leaves pressed unto this poem.

  6. Very nice. I’m also in the category of “needed to read that today”. Thank you for sharing it.

  7. drewfbush

    I like that your leafs were pressed into here. I recently found a letter from a close friend in a book of poems…

  8. So cool! I love your website!

  9. What a brilliant poem Karen! Absolutely true, although we should all believe it a lot more than we probably do. It’s a good philosophy for life that! Another poet I’ve not heard of, thanks for that, I needed to read something like that today – perfect!! 😀

  10. I wish I’d written this – loved reading it, then I read it aloud…

  11. Looking up the poem’s history, it was published as early as 1905 in “Unity” College Magazine – sadly, it seems, little is known about Walter D Wintle – thanks for posting this! I’m with tbeckerphotos in the ‘need to read’ category…

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