I Think I Can

Happy Monday!  This past weekend, we had the opportunity to celebrate our brother’s/brother-in-law’s birthday.  Throughout all of the memories shared and sentiments expressed, one of the most beautiful moments was our nephew reading the following poem to his dad, a poem his dad has shared with him to help abolish the word can’t from his vocabulary.  It all begins with the thought that you can.

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.
~Walter Wintle

What poems or quotes have you shared with your children to encourage them?

-nah

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