March is the month of optimism, which makes it a great time for setting goals and realising dreams. It’s always said, though, that optimism takes work – so that’s why we’ve picked out three of the most inspiring quotes from this century’s most iconic sports stars, to kick-start your new positive attitude.
“If my mind can conceive it and my heart can believe it – then I can achieve it.” – Muhammad Ali
Cassius Clay might not be a name you immediately recognise, but his chosen name of Muhammad Ali definitely will be. Unquestionably one of the world’s greatest athletes, there’s no question that the guy inspires. Growing up poor amidst racial segregation on the streets of Kentucky, Muhammad Ali made it big through tenacity, determination and sheer charisma. For him, there was no name too big to challenge inside the ring. He gained a reputation as a man who wasn’t afraid of anyone, and he became a hero outside of his boxing career too by refusing the draft and championing the new Civil Rights movement, becoming an icon to African Americans in the process.
Muhammad Ali’s humble upbringing made him living proof that determination, self-belief and dedication can help us to achieve seemingly impossible goals, which is part of what makes this quote so inspiring. Once you’ve got a goal, set your heart and mind on it, and you can achieve it. Don’t be disillusioned. In fact, that leads us nicely onto our next quote…
“If you run into a wall, don’t give up. Figure out how to climb it and go through it or work around it.” – Michael Jordan
It’s no secret: goals are tough, and obstacles can come around from every corner. They might be physical – pushing our bodies to the limit for a gym sesh – or mental, as we try and alter our habits and change our behaviour. But as the mighty basketball legend Michael Jordan knows, barriers are made to be broken. And sure, it might not be the most imaginative of metaphors, but there’s no denying the wisdom in it.
The most worthwhile goals are the hardest to reach, so coming up against barriers is one way you know you’re working towards something good. Changing the way we live is difficult – on average, it takes two months to form a new habit. And remember, there’s no rush for overcoming barriers. If something seems impossible, take a step back, and think about things from a different angle. Ask for help from your mates if you need it. But above all, don’t let anything stop you from achieving your dreams. Anticipate, adapt and conquer.
“You have to fight to reach your dream, you have to sacrifice and work hard for it.” – Leo Messi
Often regarded as one of the best football players in the world – and seen by some as the greatest of all time – Leo Messi is a true footballing legend in every sense of the word. The guy has been fully focused on his career since a young age; he had a vision, he achieved it, and has continued to smash it ever since.
Working hard is a given – but the wisdom is Messi’s words lies in his recognition of the fact that you have to sacrifice, too. If you want to travel the world, you’ll probably have to save the money on those cheeky Friday pints. If you want to one day shred a guitar solo onstage, you’ve got to give up time on your evenings and weekends to practice. Messi has been playing professionally since he was 18, and being in the international spotlight means that he gave up a lot of the normal teenage years most of us take for granted. Leo knows better than anyone that great achievements don’t come from nowhere – you’ve got to work for them, and that means making sacrifices too.
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