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Muhammad Ali: The Greatest Quotes

As you likely heard over the weekend, Muhammad Ali passed away on Friday night at the age of 74.

A true Pinnacle Performer, Ali was considered to be the greatest heavyweight boxer of all-time.

In honor of the champ, here’s a collection of my favorite Ali inspirational quotes that tie directly into achieving greatness (Pinnacle Performance)

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To Be A Great Champion



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He who is not courageous


Ali Make The Days Count



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Reflection for Progression

As I often say in my Pinnacle Performance Training, if you want to be better externally (at work/sports/life) then you must first be better internally by focusing on your personal development and the beliefs and behaviors that support success in your chosen endeavor.

All of this takes conscious self-reflection as to where you are, where you want to be, and what it will take to fill the gap between the two and achieve your goals.

With the hustle and bustle of our daily routines, few of us take the time to reflect on our past with consideration of changes to improve our future. Well here’s your chance…

The image questions below are some of my favorites from the thought-provoking site, Thought Questions. They do a great job of giving us meaningful things to think about.. what I call ‘reflection for progression’.

Keep in mind,  these questions have no right or wrong answers.  As they say, asking the right questions is the answer.


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Be Well

Steve 🙂

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Breakthrough Your Comfort Zone with Navy SEAL’s ‘40% Success Rule’

It’s no secret that most people fall well short of achieving all they are capable of. They fall victim to complacency, reach a ‘good enough’ position and settle for the status quo.

As I often say.. If good enough is good enough for you then you’ll never achieve greatness.

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Perfectly aligned with this principle, this recently published book by Jesse Itzler provides a unique perspective on breaking through your comfort zone:

Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet

Promoting the book, Business Insider published the video below.

Here’s the self-explanatory summary as published on YouTube:

“Jesse Itzler felt he was in a rut. So he asked Navy SEAL David Goggins to live with him for 31 days, during which Jesse would do anything David told him to do.

Jesse would later write “Living With A Seal” documenting the grueling experience of getting whipped into shape by one of the toughest men on the planet. They ran through snow storms, jumped into a frozen lake, and did lots and lots of push-ups.

Here, Jesse and David talk about actively pushing yourself and the 40% rule, which means when you think your done and have reached your limit, you’re actually only 40% done.”


As Jesse said, “you can’t improve when you’re on autopilot. You have to get out of the complacency of the routine”. 

Indeed. Follow Jesse’s advice and the Navy SEAL’S 40% Success Rule, tap into your ‘reserve tank’ and breakthrough your comfort zone to achieve higher levels of success!

Steve 🙂

Small, Consistent Improvements Over Time Equal BIG Results!

No doubt you’ve seen and heard many “get rich quick” offers over the years. Around since the early 1900’s, most of these schemes promise that with little time, effort or money participants can obtain wealth. Desperately seeking success, many well meaning folks fall for these pitches and sadly, in most cases, end up no father ahead then before they began.   

While overnight successes make for great stories, true success is built on the foundation of continuous improvement.  Success rarely (if ever) happens from making big changes all at once. Rather, the path to excellence requires progressive baby steps, small improvements in behaviors and execution that when performed consistently over time lead to big performance gains.

Be a little bit better every day and, over time, you’ll be a lot better! 

Small consistent improvements over time equal BIG results

Make a Great day!

Steve 🙂

Building Success Momentum

In my training and speaking engagements, I often talk about how success breeds success on both on a business and personal level.

In sales, as an example, high-achievers win more business more often. This success builds confidence, creates momentum and they continue to succeed. It’s no coincidence that so many salespeople are at their best and often succeed immediately after they’ve had a prior successful sales interaction.

On the other hand, failure breeds failure.  As salespeople face rejection on a regular basis, and typically lose far more often than they win, they can lose confidence and momentum, consequently becoming vulnerable to ‘falling in a rut’ and failing for an extended period. 

The same is true of success in any endeavor. 

People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy. – Tony Robbins

I believe a key to sustained success is two-fold:

1) Learn from your mistakes and take swift action to correct your course.

2) Capitalize on your wins and maintain your positive momentum.

At the end of the day, success is like a snowball.. You have to get it going and the more you roll in the right direction the greater it gets!

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Make a Great Day!

Steve 🙂

Top 10 Life Lessons of Wayne W. Dyer

Renowned best-selling self-help author and motivational speaker, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, died on Saturday at age 75.

He left behind many lessons on life and success.

Here’s my Top 10:

If you believe it will work out , you’ll see opportunities

If you believe it will work out , you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t you will see obstacles.

Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice

Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” – Wayne Dyer

Circumstances do not make the man

Circumstances do not make the man

Judgements prevent us from seeing the good

Judgements prevent us from seeing the good

Change the way you look at things


Choose Kind

When you have the choice between being right and being kind just choose kind.

Be a Doer

Being a doer

Believe It To See It

You'll see it when you believe it.

See yourself as what you’d like to become

The more you see yourself as what you'd like to become

Go For It Now

Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.

RIP Wayne Dyer


Monday Motivation: Push Yourself & Hustle!

Got the Monday blues? Having a difficult time re-focusing on work after a weekend of summer recreational activities?

Well you’re certainly not alone. Countless sales and service professionals have trouble getting out of first gear on Monday mornings, summertime or not. 

That slow start often results in a weak finish and, in any event, is not the best way to position yourself for a winning week.

So let’s put the kibosh on that right here and now!


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Make a Great Day!

Steve 🙂

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Monday Motivation: You’re The Pilot

It’s true.. time does indeed fly by. As a 40-something, I’m utterly amazed every time I hear that 1990’s music has somehow become “Classic Rock”!  

All too often well-meaning folks set well-meaning goals and then time goes by, life gets in the way, and those goals get postponed or fade away. 

High-achievers, those ‘Pinnacle Performers’, maximize their performance and results by effectively managing their time.

There is only so much time to be had and all of it will go by.. quickly.

You can spend your time wisely and advance or poorly and stay where you’re at or decline.

The time is yours.. you’re the pilot.


Make a Great Day!

Steve 🙂


Keep Moving Forward


Lauren Hill: Never Give Up

This is a very special Monday Morning Motivation in honor of a very special person…

Lauren Hill: Never Give Up

There will be plenty of baskets made this basketball season. None will be more meaningful then the two baskets made by Lauren Hill at the Division III women’s basketball opener yesterday in the Cintas Center at Xavier University.

If you don’t know Lauren’s story, start here > Facing death, Lauren Hill teaches us life lessons

Ironic, isn’t it? You can learn a lot about life from somebody who’s dying.

Our ‘gift’ >  Doc: Lauren Hill threw the party; we got the gifts

Pinnacle Performance is about being the best and the very best never give up, even in the face of adversity.

Lauren Hill is a true Pinnacle Performer and her “Never Give Up” attitude is an inspiration to us all.

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