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 you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost;
For out in this 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 the prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But sooner or later the person who wins
Is the one who thinks he can!
“Thinking”, or the title “The Man Who Thinks He Can”, or the title “It’s All In The State Of Mind” has been translated into many languages ever since it was published in 1905. It is a classic. It kindled and invigorated the souls of many great people. You will find this poem in the autobiography of many legendary personalities. It has such a deeper meaning. It will help you to change the way you fight this UPSC battle. It will keep your soul ignited for a long time. It will help you to BELIEVE you can win this game irrespective of the number of times you have faced failures.
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