Thinking You Can


Your state of mind—what you think (believe) you’re likely to be able to do—is critical to your success. More than any other factor, your state of mind determines what you will achieve—or not—and how high or far in Life you will get—or not.

The following is a poem by Walter D. Wintle, a poet in the early 20th Century, that sums it up:

Thinking or The Man Who Thinks He Can

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.

Your homework today is to help yourself and your confidence by breaking down the steps you need to take to achieve your dreams. Break them into small pieces and tiny bits—increments that are easy for you. Keep doing this and you will soon find that you’ll move from thinking you can do it to knowing you can do it!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



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