Words from my past visited me.
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’re lost
For out in the world you’ll find
Success begins with a fellow’s will
it’s all in the state of mind.
Victory isn’t always won by the stronger or faster man
In the end you’ll see the one who wins
Is the one who thinks he can.
I was in my senior year in highschool. Hormones raging, my friends and I had a big fight in which words ensued. Words could hurt, then. Wings clipped, I retreated to the sidelines, haughty, hardened… If you think you are beaten you are… suffering under all that drama present in the life of the youth (I smile as I think of it). With me was a book, and in this book was this poem, and this poem provided solace and strength somehow. How it found me or how it knew that I needed it, I do not know.
The words found me again.
It was in Napoleon Hill’s 1960 book, Think and Grow Rich, which is enjoying a re-emergence after gaining worldwide (re)recognition through Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret. I found it a little odd that this poem was in a finance book, which led me to think: Does self-help and finance go together?
I feel that its return is important, that it is trying to tell me something.
…It’s all in the state of mind….
Don’t ask me why but I started to think about a movie and a TV show.
Tom Cruise in The Last Samurai being taught how to wield the samurai: Seek the stillness of your mind, master the way of the sword.
Please forgive, too many mind.
Too many mind?
Mind the sword, mind the people, mind the enemy, too many mind… No mind.
My thoughts then shifted to Clay Aiken of American Idol, saying, “I think that when I finally decided to let go and let God and allow that to happen, I became a lot more successful than I could have done if I had planned it all myself.”
Mind, no mind, let go, let God.
I feel that I needed to grasp something, something important.
And then a memory.
It was the year of the bar exams and my professor was speaking: Look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself: You will pass the bar, you will top the bar. (laughter)
(don’t tell anyone but I did the exercise every night)
These are some of the mind games one plays with himself. The mind gearing up for success. Autosuggestion.
You can tell your mind anything and it will believe you. Tell it that it will succeed, that it will be rich, that you will be rich and do good things and surpass all expectations. But before this can happen, you should believe in the best of yourself, and this will only work if you have clarity of mind, or no mind. You will be in that state of grace if you lift it all up.
Success begins with a fellow’s will. It’s all in the state of mind.
I ask: But don’t doubts have any roles to play? Or fear?
It seems that in the realm of the mind, they don’t.
Maybe it is indeed in the beginning where people can find all the answers. Maybe, once, he knew and only needs to re-learn.
That is why maybe poems come back.
Napoleon Hill said, “The subconscious mind makes no distinction between constructive and destructive thought impulses. It works with the material we feed it, through our thought impulses. The subconscious mind will translate into reality a thought driven by fear just as readily as it will translate into reality a thought driven by courage or faith. xxx Like the wind which carries one ship east, and another west, the law of autosuggestion will lift you up or pull you down, according to the way you set your sails of thought.”
I knew this.
…In the end you’ll see the one who wins is the one who thinks he can.
Choose to set the sails of your thought to victory.