How to build your Self-confidence. Lessons from Mohammad Ali.
Self- confidence is a positive trait desired by many but lacked by several. Self-confidence is the sensation of trust in one’s abilities, qualities and judgement. Self-confidence comes with poise, assurance, self- worth and more.
A classic example of a self- confident icon is Late Mohammad Ali. Mohammad Ali had ‘no right’ to be self-confident, he was born in the 1940s during the intense racial discrimation era. Still he defied all the odds and projected confidence. Here are some lessons on confidence.
- Find your talent. Ali found boxing at the age of 12. He started training as a boxer at this young age and won his 1st world heavyweight championship at the age of 22. It is not enough to find your talent, you need to practice, get better until you become the best. Your talent makes way for you and that builds confidence.
- Know who you are: Ali was named Cassius Clay originally. However, he changed this name to Cassius X then Mohammad Ali when he fully embraced Islam religion. According to him His previous name was his ‘slave name’. Look beyond your circumstance, dig deep and reveal who you truly are. Even if you are born into a difficult environment, look beyond this. See your potential, not your present. What are you capable of becoming? That is who you truly are.
- Be the best you can be: Ali’s confidence got bigger with his victories. In any field of endeavor you choose, train hard to expedite victories. Self- confidence comes more naturally when you prepared hard for whatever you want to do. Empty barrels make the loudest noise so don’t mistake self-confidence for lousiness. Imagine if Ali called himself the greatest without winning any match.
- Speak positively and assertively: Everywhere he went, he had a thing to declare. There is power in positive confession. Here are some of his timeless quotes :
- Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
- He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
- The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.
- I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’
- It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.
- Bask in your victories: During his time, he had 56 victories and 5 defeats. Notwithstanding 5 defeats, he called himself the greatest. This is why some people even think he was never defeated. Take your eyes away from the losses and magnify your wins . In Ali’s words, I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.
- Embrace your low moments: Life will not always be a bed of roses. Ali was confident even when he was older and with Parkinson’s disease. The moment he lit the Olympic torch with his trembling hands will remain as one of his classic moments. He defied Parkinson.
- Be self-aware and work your strengths. Ali wasn’t the typical boxer. However, he knew this strength and used it to his advantage. He wasn’t focused on trying to be like someone else. He worked his superior hand speed, extra sharp reflexes, constant movement, holding his hands low and lashing out with a quick, cutting left jab that he threw from unpredictable angles. Hence, his famous slang- I float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.
Brainyquote , mohammadali.com, Wikipedia.