A New Year - A Proper State of Mind
Posted on 12.31.2012


Hi Team,

As we go into the new year, I want to say how excited and humbled I am for the gift of God's grace through Jesus and that feeling of joy I have for the way He has provided and blessed us through our circumstances and, at times, in spite of us.  I sent our EHSS Family this poem a few days ago and thought that reading it might be a great way for you to start your new year off, too.

The poem / speech is a motivational tool that our football coach used on us kids as far back as 7th grade.  As a team, we would to listen to this before a big game or when we needed to refocus our thinking.  All the way to our senior year we would play and listen to this.  So, I wanted to share it with you (our EHSS Team) as we go into this new year.  I want to be sure we keep and nurture the growth of our "proper state of mind" so that our thinking will aid positive growth within our individual and collective body and spirit.

Pray and think right with me as we see what God has in store for us all.

Peace to you and best wishes for the happiest new year!


The Proper State of Mind

Ray Elliot, former football coach at University of Illinois

If you think youíre beaten, you are. 

If you think you dare not, you donít. 

If youíd like to win but think you canít,

Itís almost a cinch that you wonít.

For out in this world youíll find

Success begins with a fellowís will. 

Itís all a state of mind.


For many a race is lost

Before a step is run,

And many a coward fails

Before his workís begun.

Think big and your deeds will grow.

Think small, and youíll fall behind.

Think that you can, and you will.

Itís all a state of mind.


If you think youíre outclassed, you are.

Youíve got to be sure of yourself before you win the prize.

Lifeís battles donít always go to the stronger or faster man.

But sooner or later the fellow who wins

Is the fellow who thinks he can.

Itís all a state of mind.