Muhammad Ali is one of, if not, the greatest, iconic, boxing legend of all time, having an astonishing record of 56 wins, (37 knockouts, & 19 decisions). He was known to have a fighting style that most people would consider “suicidal” in the ring; however, his mind over matter attitude led him to his victorious and epic career. Outside the ring, Ali is known for his charismatic attitude, and his amazing philanthropy work serving and feeding millions of people worldwide firsthand. A well versed champion, Ali would not only wow his audiences with his athleticism but also with his enthusiastic choice of words, here are 10 Muhammad Ali quotes (not in order) that are sure to give you a huge surge of energy while altering your perspective for the better.
“A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life”
In this quote, Ali explains how life is all about perception, and that as you grow older, your experiences should change the way you view life, giving you a wider and wiser perspective. However, if you still view the world with the same lenses at an older age, you’ve unfortunately remained pretty stagnant and have not grown or expanded yourself.
“Its lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself”
In order to achieve any type of success, you must acquire two main traits (which go hand in hand), faith, and a strong belief within yourself. When one believes and obtains confidence in oneself, they will have the faith needed to overcome any challenge holding them back from living there dream.
“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life”
If you’re not able to take risks, you will never ever truly live. In order to take chances and prevail your fear, Muhammad Ali states that you must have “courage”, without it, you will never acquire the required confidence to grow out of your comfort zone.
“I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”
This quote by Muhammad Ali explains that along the road to your dreams, you have to be willing to make sacrifices, and do what you’re uncomfortable doing. In Ali’s case, it was training, but he stayed focused on the bigger picture knowing that being the champion far outweighed the short-term sweat and hard work it required.
“I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want”
To conquer oneself, which is ultimate freedom so to speak, you have to be yourself, and do exactly what you wish. You cannot listen to what others think of you, rather listen to what your heart is telling you and do what you know will make you truly happy. Muhammad Ali knew and applied this attitude as he always followed his intuition.
“Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even”
Unfortunately, it often takes being beat down in order for us to realize the power that exists within us. When one feels this sense of defeat, they can gain a “fear nothing and virtually no one” mindset as they have nothing to lose and everything to gain! This will give the confidence and courage to accomplish the impossible.
“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe”
Stressing and worrying about the little things is what usually consumes the mind with stress, doubt and worry. However, we act and feel as if the problem lies in the big picture, but its in fact all about the small inches of the battle that decide the war.
“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was”
A powerful testament and proof of how important it is to apply the fake it to make it attitude. Whatever you wish to become in this world, you have to act and feel like your already that person NOW. Ali used affirmations to boost his inner ambitions, as he affirmed to himself over and over again that he was the greatest, which actually became his boxing nickname later on in his quest.
“What keeps me going is goals”
Without goals, you have absolutely no path, let alone destination, to get to, and you will most likely fail to accomplish anything. With goals, your life has direction, purpose, and meaning. Set goals to conquer your needs and wants and your results will be achieved. Remember, having no goals is like running a race that has no finish line and thus no winner.
“The man who has no imagination, has no wings”
When you use your imagination to create what you want to achieve in your mind, you literally speed up the process for it to manifest into a reality. Without imagination, you lack the ability to see what you hope and wish to accomplish. In the end, it is imagination that pushes the human race forward and it far outweighs logic.
There you have it, 10 powerful testaments and quotes by the elite global figure who shook the world with his enthusiasm, courage and perseverance. It’s no wonder Muhammad Ali reached such heights, he had so much wisdom and knowledge, not only that, he APPLIED what he had learned.
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