Every successful person, from all walks of life, leave clues we can follow. The key is to have an awareness and look for their messages so we apply them to our own lives to accelerate our results. Muhammad Ali gave us many, so I put together some "success lessons from Muhammad Ali", followed by my own tips, all in one spot, so you can print it off and refer to it often.
It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you down. It's the pebble in your shoe. This is so true..just yesterday I was out for a walk, and have a cut on the back of my foot....I had to cut the walk short because my shoe was wearing on the cut and causing pain. It wasn't the walk, it was the "pebble", or in this case the cut. A solution - change shoes!
Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they have been given, than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration, it's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. - I love this one! Two people can look at the word "impossible"....one will find no hope, the other will find opportunity.
I am the greatest. I said that even BEFORE I knew I was. This is visionary leadership, belief in yourself, demonstrating your self worth, and self esteem, and believing in your human potential.
Don't count the days, make the days count. - Be in the moment and make your days count by doing and being everything you are fully capable of. We all have potential for a reason - to live into it!
Don't quit. Suffer now, and live the rest of your life as a champion. - Successful people are willing to do what unsuccessful are not, so they can live their lives doing what others only dream about.
Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, and they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill. - I have found personally when the WILL is stronger than the skill, you can learn any skills you require to reach the dreams you have inside of you. This is the basic starting point...from there your WILL will drive you to do what it takes for as long as it takes.
It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things being to happen. Something fascinating to understand is that our brains do not know the difference between what is real and what is imagined. When you first start out with affirmations, you may not believe them, but keep at it, with this knowledge in mind. Eventually, you reprogram your mind for success and start attracting the people, the situations, everything you require to manifest your goals.
It's the lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challengers, and I believe in myself. - You must believe in yourself. Understand you do not have to have all the answers and everything figured out in advance. Always take the first step, believing you will figure it out, and then keep taking each new step as it is revealed to you, with courage, knowing if you follow this with complete faith in yourself, results will follow.
If your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough. - This relates to our comfort zones. Be willing to take consistent steps out of your comfort zone and stretch yourself. This is the process that is necessary to raise the bar and live into what you are truly capable of.
To be a great champion, you must believe you are the best. If you're not, pretend you are. - This builds belief as the mind doesn't know what is real and what is imagined.
If my mind can conceive it and my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it. - We are never given a goal we are not capable of achieving...start with the dream in your mind, believe in your heart you CAN achieve it, and take the necessary action steps.
A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life. - I LOVE this one! If we are viewing the world the same way 30 years later, we have not spent any time learning and growing ourselves. If we are not learning and growing, we are dying....with our potential left inside of us....what a waste!
The best get knocked down. The greatest get back up. - Every successful person has had challenges, made mistakes, and gone through adversity. The difference between those that have success that those that don't are, successful people keep getting back up and pushing through, understanding, it is simply part of the process.
Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. - Another one of my favorites! The more you are of service, the more success you will create.
Thank you Muhammad Ali, for all your inspiration and words of wisdom. He understood a basic principle of success....reach back and help others achieve their dreams. We can all do that....sharing what we have learned to help inspire and accelerate the dreams of others.
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