Muhammad Ali had an unwavering belief in himself. The colorful three-time heavyweight boxing champion, philanthropist and social activist knew the power of words, whether he was battling his opponent in the ring or Parkinson’s disease in his later years.
His recent passing gives us an opportunity to reflect on his wisdom.
“It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief,” he said. “And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.”
Ali reminds us, “I said I’m the greatest. I said that before I even knew I was.”
So, what do you want to be the greatest at? Sales? Technology? Leadership? Money management? Parenting? Tennis? Meditation? Networking?
Use an affirmation that leads to that belief and make things happen. And, if your ego cringes when it hears you say, “I am the greatest (fill in the blank),” remember this quote from Ali: “Braggin’ is when a person says something and can’t do it. I do what I say.”
Today, I am the greatest motivational speaker on work-life balance. How about you?