On June 3rd, 2016 in Scottsdale, Arizona Muhammad Ali – aka The Greatest – left us, sparking a flood of tributes in all corners of the world.
The legendary heavyweight boxer and Parkinson’s disease victim was admitted to hospital on Thursday, June 2nd. He was put on life support but did not last long. He died from a respiratory problem two days later.
To be honest, I’ve never been a fan of boxing but one doesn’t need to be to realize that there’s one quote from Muhammad Ali that absolutely stands out. The following quote is literally the secret for any one of us to transform our dreams into reality. The 1960 Olympic light-heavyweight gold medalist once revealed:
“I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was.”
White lie! Noted. Then he went on to add this insightful statement:
“I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.”
What can we analyze from Muhammad Ali’s greatest quote?
Firstly, the power of visualization
Every creation in our physical world is a duplicate of an original copy that emerged in the mind of one of more people. Muhammad Ali was aware of this as he declared in his own words:
“The man who has no imagination has no wings.”
In his imagination – the scenario of his life’s movie – he possessed a starring role; that of the greatest boxer on the planet. Having pursued his passion in boxing and defined his goal, it was time for him to proceed onto the next step.
Secondly, the power of auto-suggestion
Just as his “I am the greatest” quote reveals, he didn’t know at first that he was the greatest. He impressed that idea in his mind by saying it.
Thirdly, the power of repetition
“If I said it enough…”
Personal-success literature author Napoleon Hill wrote this in his best-seller book, “Think and Grow Rich”:
“Any idea, plan or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.”
This is called programming. Muhammad Ali programmed himself and programmed the public on the long run. He did not turn into the greatest overnight or by making that famous statement just once. He repeated it to himself and the world over and over again until it became true.
In between the moment he started telling himself that he was the greatest without really knowing it, and the moment he actually became the greatest, the 1942-born Louisville native of course didn’t just seat there. He took risks and made sacrifices at the gym to build upon the extraordinary desire, dream and vision he had deep within him.
“I hated every minute of training, but I said: Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” – Muhammad Ali.
In other words, he applied the following statement (whose real author is unclear):
“Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.”
Let’s read the greatest of Muhammad Ali’s quote again:
“I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was. I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.”
To sum it up, the late boxer’s greatest quote reminds us of the power of auto-suggestion which we can use to program our subconscious mind. It reminds us that the sum of belief, emotional thinking and repetition of thoughts and actions is the process that shapes our reality.
With confidence and a strong desire, Muhammad Ali replicated the “Champion Image” of him that he visualized in his mind. He created his legendary status. Take note of what he achieved with his 56 wins in 61 fights and his positive influence as a political figure within the African-American community and society at large. This process of visualization, auto-suggestion and repetition is the exact method of the world’s greatest athletes and personalities!
Interestingly, it is also the method of the biggest failures. Visualizing failure, convincing yourself that you will fail, and repeating negative thoughts and habits can only cause you to never succeed. If you have been entertaining limitations, it’s time for you to shift your mindset and think like a champion.
Guess what? Your limits are like that cheating partner in a miserable relationship who keeps abusing you verbally. Ask yourself: what is so honest and lovable about being told that “you can’t do it” or that “you can’t be this or that” because “it sounds too good to be true”? Beware of the kind of thoughts that you constantly affirm.
As I conclude this write-up the morning after Muhammad Ali’s death at 74, remember my advice on self-talk (or go read it if you haven’t done so yet: Conscious awareness – why you should mind your self-talk). Do not allow negative statements from anyone or yourself to impress limits on your expansion.
In the words of Bob Proctor:
“If you must doubt something, doubt your limits!”