He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. ~Muhammad Ali
This past Friday the world lost a boxing legend, people from all over the world shared their favourite Ali moments via social media. Some even posting photos taken with the champ, autographs and youtube interviews.
My earliest memories of Mohamed Ali was sitting on the floor in front of the television set, while my grandfather shadow boxed during the entire Ali and Frazier match. He would sit in front of that television shouting ‘Cassius Clay get’em.’ I would remind him that he was watching Mohamed Ali, not Cassius Clay. He would respond, by saying Cassius Clay was the name his Mama gave him, so that’s the name he gonna call him.
Most people often referred to Mohamed Ali as arrogant, vein and boastful because he claimed his greatness with convection. He was a firm believer in self, he believed that Allah gave him the strength to be a champion and so he was.
As a man thinketh in heart, so is he- Proverbs 23:7
Mohamed Ali did for Islam in America, what Bob Marley did for Rastafari in The Caribbean. People were in awe of their achievements and they thought that religion was the way to that; however, it doesn’t matter how much religion you have, it’s not enough, you must be able to dream it, believe it, in order to receive it. One of the greatest lesson we can learn from these two men is that belief in your abilities was the key to your success. They believed that God, Allah, Jah, gave them the talents that they boasted and the power to rise above the rest.
Are you claiming your abilities with conviction? Are you affirming yourself to be the best of whatever it is you’re doing? If you can’t be the best at what it is you’re doing, then your in the wrong field as I truly believe we each were born with gifts; that whatever we were put on this planet to do, we are the only ones who can do what is we were put here to do.
Affirm your dreams with conviction…….
Have a Meaningful Monday!
©Etta D. Richards