But First Coffee…
This morning’s cup of coffee is to you Champ!
Since 1997 I have asked people I work with to give me an example of someone who is the “greatest of all times” in what they do and the answer is predominately the same. It doesn’t matter the location, the company or the culture. I’ve asked this question to managers in Bangladesh, sales people in Bangkok, bankers in Boston, consultants in Phoenix, recruiters in Atlanta, and entrepreneurs in L.A. The answer is overwhelmingly Muhammad Ali.
He has not boxed in over 30 years, but we still believe he is the greatest because he believes he is the greatest.
“I would have been the world’s greatest at whatever I did. If I were a garbage man, I’d be the world’s greatest garbage man! I’d pick up more garbage and faster than anyone has ever seen. To tell you the truth, I would have been the greatest at whatever I’d done!” And, it was his constant and never ending affirmations that lead to this belief. Ali said, “It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.”
Most of us would avoid anyone who bragged about being the greatest, but not Ali; we embrace him because he inspires us to do the same.
In my Breakthrough to EQ (Emotional Intelligence) program, I have my participants physically mimic every aspect of what it would feel like to be the champ before working on business and personal goals or making a crucial decision. Physically, mentally and even verbally saying the words, “I’m the greatest” until everyone starts to feel it.
I know may sound a bit silly at first, but give it a try (in private) before your next meeting, presentation, sales call, planning session, etc.… Then and see how you feel and notice what things begin to happen.
If you start to think like you are greatest, you will start feeling like the greatest. Then you will start behaving and performing like the greatest. You may even inspire people you work with to do the same.
“Your mind doesn’t know the difference between reality and fantasy. Your mind acts on what you feed it. Feed it good thoughts.” – Zig Ziglar
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