We all heard the sad news of Muhammad Ali’s passing over the weekend. So many of us have our own connection to the sports / american icon. Mine comes through my dad. My dad loved sports including boxing. He boxed in the army, was friends with boxers (Joe Frazier, Bernard Hopkins) and even taught my brothers how to box. We had our own makeshift gym in the basement of our childhood home complete with heavy and speed bags. I grew up watching boxing matches on TV especially heavy weights like Mike Tyson, and George Foreman (when he made his comeback as an older boxer). Given all of this, of course I knew all about Muhammad Ali and had seen video clips of his fights. As a mater of fact one of my greatest memories was taking my dad to see the Muhammad Ali movie. We’d only ever been to one other movie together (movies weren’t his thing). He took me to see Malcolm X as a kid and as an adult I took him to see Muhammad Ali. So I am saddened over the lost of Muhammad Ali but I am reminded of some of my most cherished memories. I am also reminded of the plethora of awesome Muhammad Ali Quotes he have to remember him by.
Here are 7 Muhammad Ali Quotes that perfectly exemplify what and how to Chase Joy.
- He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
- I don’t have to be what you want me to be.
- Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
- Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.
- It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.
- My only fault is that I don’t realize how great I really am.
- What you’re thinking is what you’re becoming.
What do these Muhammad Ali quotes tell us about Chasing Joy? They tell us to have courage and take risks to accomplish our goals and the life we want. They tell us not to let others define us. They tell us that giving back is essential. They tell us not to let things like age keep us from pursuing our passions and goals. They tell us to believe in the power of affirmations and positive self talk. They tell us that we do ourselves a great disservice by not seeing how great we really are. Lastly they remind us just how powerful our thoughts really are. So let’s stay away from negative thinking and stay focused on Chasing Joy.
What is your favorite Muhammad Ali quote? Which of the above quotes do you find the most inspiring and encouraging for Chasing Joy?