Af Marina Aagaard, MFT
Du kender citatet: Flyv (svæv) som en sommerfugl, stik som en bi. Det gælder ikke kun for boksere: Vær let (og elegant) på fødderne, vær hurtig og præcis – mentalt og fysisk.
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
Muhammed Ali (født Cassius Marcellus Clay), USA,
OL/VM bokser/mester, aktivist, sportsikon
Muhammed Ali, efter eget – og flere andres – udsagn “The Greatest”, R.I.P.
En mesterbokser og en tænksom mand med både frække, flabede, og filosofiske hilsner til menige og motionister. Der er masser af liv og motivation i hans ord.
Et lille udvalg af hans kendteste citater:
If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize.
I’m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.
I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale; handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail; only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalised a brick; I’m so mean I make medicine sick.
I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.
Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.
If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it – then I can achieve it.
Don’t count the days, make the days count.
Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.
Friendship… is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.
Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
Often it isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you out, it’s the little pebble in your shoe.
I’ve made my share of mistakes along the way, but if I have changed even one life for the better, I haven’t lived in vain.
I am an ordinary man who worked hard to develop the talent I was given. I believed in myself, and I believe in the goodness of others.
It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.
He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
The man who has no imagination has no wings.
Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.
A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.
The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.
If they can make penicillin out of mouldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.