Last month, the world lost a man with one of the most powerful belief systems I’ve ever known, Muhammad Ali. He was one of the greatest boxers, even the greatest athletes, to ever walk the earth.

Sure, Ali had raw talent, there’s no denying that, but what really made him extraordinary was his fire to become “The Greatest.” Muhammad Ali was not content with just being a “good” or even a “very good” boxer. He had to be the very best there was.

“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was,” Ali is recorded as saying.

As we go through life we only have two options: we can settle, or we can soar.

Often times we become complacent with where we are in life. We believe that we have no control over our circumstances, and so our life “is what it is” and we just have to make the best of it.

We might stay in a mediocre job that doesn’t really make us happy. We might be too afraid to change our friends to people who inspire and uplift us. We might surrender our lives to an addiction or unwanted behavior, believing that we are powerless to change it.

But you are made for more than mediocrity. You are are worthy of a far better life. You are a masterful creator and your power is unlimited, so dream big!

Don’t settle for a job that pays the bills; keep going until you are doing something you love! Don’t settle for writing a book; become a best-selling author! Don’t just get by, become wealthy, intelligent, and inspiring!

It all may seem hard to believe that you can do all these things. That’s because, in all likelihood, you’ve been telling yourself for decades that you can’t.

So often we put ourselves down, telling ourselves that we’re not good enough, that we have so many limits, that we’re not good at anything. Over time, these put downs become our beliefs—and then they become true. If you don’t believe you can, then it’s true …  you can’t.

There’s only one difference between a mediocre person and an extraordinary person: what they believe about themselves.

We need to learn to value ourselves. To appreciate who we are, in spite of our flaws, and believe that we deserve to be the greatest.

It’s only when you change your limiting beliefs that you can truly realize your potential. Dream big! There’s nothing that’s outside your reach. Be the greatest, brightest, and best that there is! The world’s your oyster!