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Muhammad Ali – Almost Brilliant!

By Jeff Griswold on March 5, 2012 / Categories: Blog, Tips and Tricks / no comments

I saw this image today on Twitter and thought it needed a comment. 

This quote from Muhammad Ali says a lot about the power of repeating affirmations.  But I think he was one word away from the real power of positive affirmations.

According to this quote, Muhammad Ali once said: “I figured that if I said it enough I would convince the world that I really was the greatest!”

That’s wonderful marketing, but does convincing “the world” really change anything? It may have helped him get more TV coverage and perhaps it intimidated his less self-assured opponents, but when he got into the ring to fight – or more importantly, while he was training – the most important thing was for HIM to believe he was the greatest.

So, that’s my problem with this quote. Who cares what others think? What’s important is what each of us thinks of ourselves! That’s the key to personal development and where real self-improvement happens. And that’s the power of positive affirmations.

Therefore, I’d like to offer a revision for this motivational statement:

 “I figured that if I said it enough I would convince myself that I really was the greatest!”

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