Officially Licensed Muhammad Ali Art
"Muhammad Ali - No Excuses" Canvas Art by IKONICK.
Silence your excuses.
Everyone has two inner voices. One tells them to push through hardships. The other gives them excuses not to. Which one you listen to separates the Greatest from all the rest.
There will always be obstacles between you and your goals. The difference between the people who succeed in spite of them and those who don't, is accountability. Things happen that are out of our control. That's life. When they do, you can either give in to the external pressure and use the excuse to stop trying, or you can fight through it.
Muhammad Ali knew he was the Greatest. No excuse was going to stop him before he could prove that fact to the world. And he did.
On February 25, 1964, Ali (known then by his birth name, Cassius Clay) stepped into the ring with Sonny Liston to compete for the world heavyweight championship. The press had Clay as a 7 to 1 underdog, matched up against the aggressive Liston. Still, he was as confident as ever in his ability to come out victorious.
At the end of the fourth round, Clay's eyes started to burn and compromise his vision. He asked his corner man to cut off his gloves to address the issue, but he refused. So Clay walked out to the center of the ring for the fifth round to face the world heavyweight champion, blind and in searing pain. No excuses.
Fighting through sweat and tears, Clay made it through the round and regained his sight. Round six saw him return to form, and a shoulder-injured Liston failed to answer the bell to begin the seventh. Clay had won.
Both boxers wanted the title. Both were injured during the match. But only one of them took the excuse to give up. The other became the champ.
You don't become the Greatest by looking for a reason to quit. You have to persist, even if everything inside you is begging you for a break. If you want something badly enough, no excuse can stop you from achieving it. Setbacks, failures, injuries. All of them can be overcome with the right motivation.
"No Excuses" officially licensed Muhammad Ali canvas wall art epitomizes the mindset required of a champion. There are countless reasons to quit when things get hard. Don't listen to a single one. Let victory be the only option in your mind, and that is what you'll achieve.