Fast speed. Incredible confidence. Bold leader. These are just a few words to describe the world-shaker Muhammad Ali. I was at dinner when I heard the news that we had lost another great one. I immediately jumped on Twitter to confirm (because it’s not true if Twitter didn’t say it) and I have been emerged in his legacy all weekend.
We knew him like a trash-talking uncle that all the nieces and nephews greeted when he walked in the door. He was a hero to many but a teacher to most. As I began watching his videos and reading his quotes I knew that if he had the chance to say 7 things to a scared, confused, impatient millennial like me then it would be this:
“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”
No purpose that we will have in life comes without service to others. There is something about helping those in need that boost morale and confidence in who we are. Take your talents and passions and bless the world with them.
“Don’t count the days, make the days count.”
There are so many times we aren’t content with where we are in our journey after college that leaves us stressed and anxious about the future. I think Ali would want us to know that fulfillment comes from living and not just surviving. While we areworking toward bettering ourselves we will look up and be amazed at where we end up.
“I am the greatest, I said that before I knew I was.”
Self-talk is EVERYTHING. What you tell yourself is exactly what you will believe. Ali didn’t always know without a doubt that he was the best but he fed positivity into his sub-conscious mind so much that he literally turned into what he said. Have you ever spoke something like “oh, I’m just a singer or just a blogger.” Eliminate the just, start owning your talents with confidence and watch how far your beliefs will take you. I talk more about how to speak life into yourself here.
“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
Nothing is impossible people. You can create anything you dream. Sometimes we say “impossible” because it’s easier to be comfortable than to go after what we want. It’s easier to work that dreadful job because it’s safe rather risking the possibility of failing while starting a business. But no dream came with being comfortable. We must strive to eliminate realistic thinking if we want to achieve all that we are worth.
“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
Ali is preaching ya’ll. *waves church hand* I don’t believe there is anyone in life who has never taken a risk before. Oftentimes the outcome of that risk shapes our thinking and our fear to take any more but I know that I have grown the most from my failures. I don’t regret any chance I took on life because it’s made me stronger and wiser. You deserve to figure out who you are meant to be and what you can really do if you push yourself and that includes having courage. Just jump.
“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”
So many people think that achieving your goals should be a cake walk at a carnival. It’s not always fun. It’s not always easy. Who would of thought that Ali hated training for the very thing he loved? The strength is in your foundation and if you have built it on laziness and impatience then it will sink like quicksand. Put in the blood, sweat and tears now so that you can reap the benefits for the rest of your life and leave a legacy that will carry on after you are gone.
“Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you’re going to be right.”
If you suddenly were on your deathbed today would you be proud of the life you created and lived? It scares me to think that I may leave this Earth without going for the things I deeply wanted in my heart. Start living. Start doing what you want to do without approval from others. For me this includes dancing with Beyonce and marrying Michael B. Jordan. Hey, according to Ali it could happen right?Start living. Start doing what you want to do without approval from others. Click To Tweet
Life is what we make it and I believe that was the essence of who Muhammad Ali was. He was a risk-taker. A hard-worker. A believer in himself and a champion. There is a champion inside of you too. Will you let it out?