Muhammad Ali (born January 17, 1942), nicknamed “The Greatest”” is one of the greatest heavyweight championship boxers of all time. Ali became the first boxer to win the heavyweight championship three times. He is an inspiration to many of us not only as a great fighter but also as a hero. The hero who defied all odds and defeated the greatest champions in the boxing ring.
Ali was involved in some of the greatest historic fights, including three with Joe Frazier and one with George Foreman. In his career he amassed 56 wins and only 5 losses. Ali’s never-give-up die-hard attitude and his inspiring speeches made him a global icon.
In 1999, Ali was crowned “Sportsman of the Century” by Sports Illustrated and “Sports Personality of the Century” by the BBC.
If you want to be a successful athlete just like Muhammad Ali, you must remember these 5 lessons.
1) Power of spoken words
“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.”
Muhammad Ali was a man who spoke what he wanted to be much before he became one. He believed in the power of spoken words, what you speak become seeds of thought, your thoughts create a vision and a dream. Speak what you want to see, not what you see.
2) The Power of visualization:
“Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them — a desire, a dream, a vision.”
Every champion has a desire, a goal and a dream to achieve much like every entrepreneur who has a vision and a dream for his business. Can you visualize your dream can yous see the unseen ?
3) Pay now, Play later:
“I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”
Everyone has to pay the price of success or failure. You decide when you want to pay it – early in your life or later on. People who pay the price early in life are generally successful in what they want to achieve. There is no substitute to hard work. Even The Greatest Muhammad Ali went through the pain and grind of everyday training.
4) Self belief is the greatest belief:
“It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.”
Have faith and self belief in yourself and in what you want to achieve. You can’t be successful if you don’t have self belief or lack of faith. Be a firm believer of yourself, Be a firm believer of your dreams.
5) Success is won in the mind first:
“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.”
Before you actually win or accomplish anything in life, you need to see it in your mind. You need to be a winner in your thought before you become a winner in reality. Seed winning thoughts before you plan the game.
Here is one more Ali quote that like like – ‘It’s hard to beat a guy when he’s got his mind made up that he’s going to win.”
Be like Muhammad Ali – Determined, Guts, Persistent, Fighter with A Winning Attitude.