The Mind Of Muhammad Ali

The Mind Of Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali will always be an incredible influence around the world, from the rumble to the jungle to the thriller in manila. Muhammad Ali has cemented his legacy as “The greatest” of all time. But what made Muhammad Ali greater from all the other incredible fighters throughout history? How does Muhammad Ali, a young boy from Louisville, Kentucky who walked the corridors of his school shadow boxing, become one of the most defining characters of a generation? It’s incredible to think that even 50 years after his fight with Sonny Liston Ali’s gloves made him more money than the actual fight itself, it’s clear to see how high Muhammad Ali is regarded still in modern day culture. So here below holds the guide to Muhammad Ali’s incredible success.


“It’s the lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challengers, and I believed in myself.” Muhammad Ali is a man who always knew who he wanted to be, he always had affirmations on being this incredible champion, he was convinced in his own abilities and his own self worth. When someone has complete clarity on who they are, they become obsessed by their own image and their own identity, they become empowered by it and then become dedicated to achieving success because they have that clarity on knowing who they are. Ali knew who he was to become from an early age and then eventually gained the clarity of understanding who he is to be, by changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali.  


“It’s the Repetitions of affirmations that lead to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.” Ali’s belief in his own abilities show’s by his expression of how great he is, one of his quote’s “I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.” proves that he has a undying belief in not just his own abilities but by his self worth, he knew his self worth was a mirror image of how successful he wanted to become. He pushed his beliefs of himself into his opponents. His belief manifested from his repetitions of what he used to say to himself every single day “I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.” When you have self belief in who you are and what you can give then you can really become a powerful individual.

Strong Values:

“My principles are more important than the money or my title.” Muhammad Ali always had strong values. A story about Muhammad was that after his gold medal triumph in the 1960 Olympic Games, he walked into a restaurant where the owner said “we don’t serve niggers here.” Which Muhammad replied “That’s okay, I don’t eat ‘em.” But they refused to serve the champion and then lead him back out on the street where then he went down to the Ohio River where he threw his gold medal in the water below. Even changing his name was a huge statement in the world and a clear indication on how high he holds his strong values when the heavyweight champion of the world expressed his Islamic views and his name change he said “Cassius Clay is a name that white people gave to my slave master. Now that I am free, that I don’t belong anymore to anyone, that I’m not a slave anymore, I gave back their white name, and I chose a beautiful African one.” Muhammad Ali even took the huge step of being defiant to the US government when he refused the draft to Vietnam, a statement which would cost him 3 years of his boxing career.    


“What keeps me going is Goals.” Muhammad Ali had many goals in his life, his goals where always a part of who he is and one of the major benefactors of his success. His determination to win attitude was how he believed that he would defeat George Foreman despite being a 40-1 underdog. It’s that determination to being better than his opponent that helped him survive the barrage of Foreman’s heavy assault. Ali’s determination to win was far too great for Foreman who wasn’t as mentally strong as Muhammad. Ali has a strict discipline when it comes to his determination he is dedicated to his own drive and self belief, nobody could show that Ali wasn’t determined, it’s a skill which when used in your own life can transform the ideas of the average person into actual feasible goal’s which then creates purpose and drive.


 “Embrace’s whatever life throws. A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.” An individual needs to understand who he is and the passion that comes from within him. When you don’t embrace life, you become lost and your life doesn’t have a sense of meaning and value. Passion comes from making change in your current life to find what inspires you and makes you happy. Take on board Ali’s philosophy that all people have to change, when it comes to change embrace it, if someone say’s to you you’ve changed, Embrace that consider that a win on your behalf. Ali had powerful passion for what he wanted through his life, not just career wise but in terms of how I wanted to impact the world. “I wanted to use my fame and this face that everyone knows so well to help uplift and inspire people around the world.”

Will To Win: 

“My trainer don’t tell me nothing between rounds. I don’t allow him to. I fight the fight. All I want to know is did I win the round. It’s too late for advice.” Muhammad Ali always had the dedication to become the greatest but he couldn’t have got far in the ring or in life if he didn’t have the will to win. He gained his momentum through having the will to win in all aspects of life, he become an inspiration for millions through his willingness to win every round. He became iconic throughout the world for pushing his body as far as he could to win every fight he would ever face, even when he lost he embraced defeat “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.” Show a willingness to win in your own life, have an undefeated attitude believe in yourself and your vision show a commitment to win every opponent or defeating any obstacle that stands in the way of your life.  

Commitment to Others:

Muhammad Ali always had a commitment to others, whether that was through his faith, his own family, friends and especially to the millions of fans around the world. Muhammad Ali was always loved for who he was but he could never really accept a man not being committed to himself. “I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world.” He once talked a man out of jumping to his death, he showed the man much love and care. Muhammad was visiting a child with cancer, he told the child “I’m going to beat foreman and you’re going to beat cancer.” When Muhammad later went back to see the child who at this point was dying Muhammad said “What did I say I’m going to beat foreman and you’re going to beat cancer”. The child then replied saying “Muhammad I’m going to meet god and I’m going to tell him I knew Muhammad Ali”. Ali learned a lot from his life experiences, any man in his position would do. “I’ve made my share of mistakes along the way, but if I have changed even one life for the better, I haven’t lived in vain.”

Take time to learn the secrets. Believe in yourself, never give up believing that you can accomplish any thing when you’re committed and dedicated to achieving it. Ali had faith in himself and look where his life took him. Commit yourself to an idea to be better than yesterday and to become the best you can be today.


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