What George Foreman Taught Me About Self-Confidence And Resilience In Sports And In Life

Everyday, I get calls from athletes, parents and coaches who want to perform their best when the pressure is on. When they reach out to me, they are usually anxious and lacking in confidence and focus. In some instances, they are trying to recover from a traumatic loss or setback.

Over the years, I have counseled and coached a number of boxers, MMA fighters, Martial artists and UFC fighters.

And since I am very interested in human potential and in personal growth, I recently attended a motivational lecture given by George Foreman, the former heavyweight champion of the world.

Many years ago, I wrote a few articles about George Foreman’s fight with Muhammad Ali, so I was quite curious to hear what he had to say in his inspirational talk.

George Foreman is a truly remarkable fellow. His boxing accomplishments are legendary. He won the gold medal at the Olympics and he went on to become the oldest man to hold the heavyweight championship title after he was out of boxing for quite some time.

He has also had a successful career as a broadcaster, an ordained minister and as a wildly successful entrepreneur. His grills are in millions of homes around the world as are his cook books and self-help guides.

George Foreman has a simple, but very inspiring message. He encourages people to push themselves to get up off life’s canvas when they feel defeated. He has done this successfully in the ring and in his own life. He spoke about being broke and being quite down on himself. But, he forced himself to not give up, not be counted out and “get up.” George has a wonderful sense of humor and a great way of presenting his motivating and inspiring story.

Many patients who come to see me are at a low point in their lives. They are having financial problems, relationship problems and work problems. They are doubting themselves and they are quitting or giving up on themselves. When I counsel people who are feeling defeated or frustrated, I try to give them inspirational pep talks that will encourage them to “get up and push on” in their struggles and in their lives.

A person who has been a boxer, minister and successful businessman is well-suited to communicate messages about not quitting and about succeeding in life. George Foreman is not only a great fighter, a fine speaker and a successful entrepreneur; his simple and inspiring message points out that he is an excellent psychologist.

So, remember, when you’re feeling down, find a way to “get up” and get hold of your life.