Don’t Quit! Suffer Now And Live As A Champion!


"Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion." - Muhammad Ali

“Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” – Muhammad Ali

In this week’s Success Newsletter, I would like to reveal the teaching: don’t quit, suffer now and live as a champion.

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Now, let’s talk about one of the greatest lessons from the greatest champions of all time – the man crowned “Sportsman of the Century” by Sports Illustrated.

Born Cassius Clay, Muhammad Ali is recognized as one of the greatest heavyweights in the history of boxing. In his career, he achieved 56 wins and only 5 losses.

Muhammad Ali became famous for his skills in the ring and for his values outside of the ring – religious freedom, racial justice and the triumph of principle over expedience:

“I run on the road, long before I dance under the lights.  I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’”

Today, more than ever, we live under the pressure and obsession of instant gratification and effortlessness.

In other words, whatever it is that we want, we want it now and, we want it easily!

The advancement of technology has encouraged us to expect and demand that everything occur quickly, immediately, instantly.

Herein lays the confusion and the self-deception: what applies to technology does not apply to and in every area of life.

We can exchange communications easily and instantly but that doesn’t mean that we learn how to communicate effectively easily and instantly. We can snap a photo easily and instantly but that doesn’t mean that we know how to take amazing photos. We can meet new people easily and instantly but that doesn’t mean that we know how to have meaningful, satisfying and joyful relationships.

The lesson from Muhammad Ali is that skill is developed, championships are won and goals are achieved through commitment, devotion, effort and sacrifice.

If you watch videos of Muhammad Ali boxing, you will be inspired by the way he moves, for he appears to “float like a butterfly” – an image and skill that fools people into thinking that because it looks so easy, it must be easy and it must have been easy to attain.

However, success does come at a price – something must be given in exchange.

Whatever your definition of success is – money, wealth, power, influence, career or athletic wins and achievements, great relationships, fatherhood, motherhood or some other personal achievement and development – you must accept that they all come at a price.

“If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride – and never quit, you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards.” – Paul William “Bear” Bryant – American college football player and coach.

The ‘price’ is whatever is required to give of yourself and whatever is required for you to do to achieve that goal.

In sport, the price is training (hours, days, nights), physical sweat, injuries, time, energy, criticism, and the giving up or exchange of other pursuits.

The same principle applies to every area of your life – you must be willing to suffer (give something up, feel uncomfortable or experience pain) to achieve success.

The greatest challenge is to act in spite of the way you feel, in spite of your mood, in spite of your thoughts and in spite of your inner chatterbox.

Yes, the greatest obstacle to success is you – your thoughts, feelings and attitudes.

That voice of self-doubt, that voice of criticism, that voice or desire to keep sleeping or remain comfortable is The Great Trickster.

The Great Trickster is that part of you that says you can’t do it, it won’t work, give up now.

The Great Trickster is that part of you that wants you to remain the same, to lock you in your own prison of your comfort zone.

 “Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them — a desire, a dream, a vision.” – Muhammad Ali

If you want to be a champion in your life, in any and every area of your life, then it is imperative to do as Muhammad Ali states – reach deep inside, tap into the desire, feed the dream, expand the vision and, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’”

When The Great Trickster begins to speak or communicate with messages and emotions that hold you back from your goal or your dream, respond by focusing on the rewards of the achieved goal. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion. You will also see, that with time as you focus on the rewards, the actual and perceived suffering will transform into positive or at the very least, neutral experiences.

Decide now to become a champion in your life!

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” – Muhammad Ali

If you need assistance to remove the obstacles and retrain your mind and thoughts to support you, consider a private, one-on-one session with me. Click here to book your session.

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I wish you the best and remind you “Believe in yourself -You deserve the best!”

Patrick Wanis Ph.D.
Celebrity Life Coach, Human Behavior & Relationship Expert & SRTT Therapist

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