Recently I sat down with a notebook and pen and watched the two-part HBO documentary movie “What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali” with the intention of taking some big lessons from Ali’s life and career that I could translate into my own life. This is Lesson #5, and it can be argued that the lesson learned here also became Ali’s downfall, although I personally would disagree.
LESSON 5: YOU MUST HAVE COMPLETE BELIEF IN YOURSELF IF YOU WILL EVEN BE ABLE TO TOUCH GREATNESS
In 1980 a 38-year old Muhammad Ali truly believed he could beat a young and highly skilled Larry Holmes, the Heavyweight champ at the time. The world believed this was not possible. Ali’s skills had greatly diminished, and Holmes was and is seen as one of the best Heavyweight boxers of all time. I obviously do not know what was really going on in Ali’s mind, but I have no doubt that he had complete belief in himself and not a shred of self-doubt.
In the fight Holmes proceeded to whup Ali over the course of 11 rounds before Ali’s corner stopped the fight. Ali never appeared visibly discouraged. Many would argue that Ali’s career went on way too long, and the punishment he took in the ring eventually affected his health the next 40 years of his life.
Regardless of the opinions, I believe that everyone would agree that if we even possessed an ounce of the self-belief that Ali had we would achieve so much more and reach our highest potential.
TAKE THIS WITH YOU: Even if the world thinks you will fail, believe in yourself.