by Jonathan Hilton
There are many motivating things that I have come across over that past two years, and one of the most motivating people of the last half of the 20th century has been Muhammad Ali, championship boxer.
Not because he was a great boxer, but because he transcended boxing and provided inspiration that can be applied to every day life.
It doesn’t really matter what your goals are or what you really want to accomplish, if you believe in yourself like Ali did, you will have an excellent chance of achieving your goals. I publish his affirmations with a sense of pride, because I know “How Great I Am.”
I am sure that Ali never thought that his thoughts from so long ago would ever amount to anything more than motivation for the fight he was about to undertake. He even admitted himself that he was trying to convince himself and everybody else that he was the greatest, if he said it often enough and loud enough, people would start to believe him.
This is true to all of us, if you say how great you are, and believe it, you will be!
Below is the most motivational video of all time. Watch it and you will feel that there is nothing you can’t do.
One of his poems The Legend of Cassius Clay:
This is the legend of Cassius Clay,
The most beautiful fighter in the world today.
He talks a great deal, and brags indeed-y,
Of a muscular punch that’s incredibly speed-y.
The fistic world was dull and weary,
But with a champ like Liston, things had to be dreary.
Then someone with color and someone with dash,
Brought fight fans are runnin’ with Cash.
This brash young boxer is something to see
and the heavyweight championship is his destiny.
This kid’s got a left, this kid’s got a right,
If he hit you once, you’re asleep for the night.
Ali provided the examples of great personal affirmations that anyone can use to help motivate them to accomplish any thing.
After defeating Sonny Liston the most feared fighter of his time, this affirmation was spoken:
“I knew I had him in the first round. Almighty God was with me. I want everyone to bear witness, I am the greatest! I’m the greatest thing that ever lived. I don’t have a mark on my face, and I upset Sonny Liston, and I just turned twenty-two years old. I must be the greatest. I showed the world. I talk to God everyday. I know the real God. I shook up the world, I’m the king of the world. You must listen to me. I am the greatest! I can’t be beat!”
Before fighting Ernie Terrell in 1967 Ali let the world know what he thought of his opponent.
I think Terrell will catch hell at the sound of the bell.
He’s going around saying that he’s a championship-fighter,
but when he meets me he fall 20 pound lighter.
He thinks that he’s the real heavy weight champ
but when he meets me, he’ll just be a tramp
Now I’m not sayin’ just to be funny, but I’m fightin’ Ernie because he needs the money
Last night I had a dream, When I got to Africa,
I had one hell of a rumble.
I had to beat Tarzan’s behind first,
For claiming to be King of the Jungle.
For this fight, I’ve wrestled with alligators,
I’ve tussled with a whale.
I done handcuffed lightning
And throw thunder in jail.
You know I’m bad.
just last week, I murdered a rock,
Injured a stone, Hospitalized a brick.
I’m so mean, I make medicine sick.
I’m so fast, man,
I can run through a hurricane and don’t get wet.
When George Foreman meets me,
He’ll pay his debt.
I can drown the drink of water, and kill a dead tree.
Wait till you see Muhammad Ali.
Muhammad Ali was the greatest because he not only professed his ability and went on to back it up, he also led the way for all people, everywhere, if you truly believe that you are the best, the greatest and you will succeed, then there is no power on the face of the Earth that can stop you from achieving and experiencing your greatness. How Great I am!
Other Muhammad Ali quotes I like.
I’m retiring because there are more pleasant things to do than beat up people.
Joe Frazier is so ugly that when he cries, the tears turn around and go down the back of his head.
Frazier is so ugly that he should donate his face to the US Bureau of Wildlife.
It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.
I’m not the greatest; I’m the double greatest. Not only do I knock ‘em out, I pick the round
Since I won’t let the critics seal my fate, they keep hollering I’m full of hate.
But they don’t really hurt me none, ’cause I’m doing good and having fun.
There is no person alive who can tell you that you are not capable. There is no person alive who can tell you that you don’t have the talent. There is no person alive who can tell you you are no good, washed up, a loser….only you can tell yourself these things. You have the talent to be the greatest at whatever it is that you decide to do. You simply have to believe how great you are, fight all the critics, enjoy the journey and in the end you will be The Greatest.