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The Executive and the Elephant: A Leader's Guide for Building Inner Excellence by Richard L. Daft

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Chapter 5. Engage Your Intention

The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

When there is no vision, people perish.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

MUHAMMAD ALI HAS BEEN CALLED the master of intention.[90] He developed mental skills that improved his physical skills in the ring. His oft-repeated phrases "I am the greatest" and "I float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" shaped his mind as much as they angered opponents. These statements were declarations of intention, as were the poems he recited publicly before a match. A few lines from the poem in which he predicted the outcome of his rematch with Frasier showed his mental intent:

Ali swings to the left

Ali swings to the right

Look at the kid

Carry the fight.

Frasier ...

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