A Winner’s Blueprint for Achievement
by William Arthur Ward

BELIEVE while others are doubting.
PLAN while others are playing.
STUDY while others are sleeping.
DECIDE while others are delaying.
PREPARE while others are daydreaming.
BEGIN while others are procrastinating.
WORK while others are wishing.
SAVE while others are wasting.
LISTEN while others are talking.
SMILE while others are frowning.
COMMEND while others are criticizing.
PERSIST while others are quitting.”

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A Champion’s Poem to Live By
by Brandon Palmer

Glory doth not lie in a crown that rests upon an egotistical head
and round the neck of a true champion is not a medal found
nor in boisterous comments he hath said

Honor does not lurk on a face of overconfidence
only driven by praise, vanity, and cheers
desire is in his heart and conscience
and glory shown through his blood, sweat, and tears

The elite is not something you waltz into
’tis more like a learned rebirth
for champions feel pain too
but their breaking point is not of this earth.

[IF]
by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream–and not make dreams your master,
If you can think–and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings–nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And–which is more–you’ll be a Man, my son!

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 like to win, but you think you can’t. It is almost certain you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost,
For out in the world we find success begins with a fellow’s will. It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are.
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before you can even 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 man who thinks he can.