25 Muhammad Ali Quotes for the Champion In You

Lessons from the Greatest

Muhammad Ali inspired a generation with his lessons of perseverance, of hard work, of determination, and of giving. A former heavyweight boxer, he transcended beyond boxing to be known as one of the greatest sports figures of all time.

He said he was “the greatest.” Not many would argue with it, either. But he also said, “I am an ordinary man who worked hard to develop the talent I was given.”

His many quotes are memorable because of their imagery and poetic qualities.

Though Muhammad Ali’s life journey has ended, his lessons and quotes will remain timeless reminders. From his passion to his philanthropy, Ali trail blazed his own path and stood out from the crowd.

Let his own words remind you that there’s a champion inside of you—because all of us have the opportunity to be great.

 

25 Quotes from a Champion

“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. His hands can’t hit, what his eyes can’t see.” –Muhammad Ali

 

“Don’t count the days; make the days count.” –Muhammad Ali

 

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” –Muhammad Ali

 

“What you’re thinking is what you’re becoming.” –Muhammad Ali

 

“It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.” –Muhammad Ali

 

“Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” –Muhammad Ali

 

“I’m no leader; I’m a little humble follower.” –Muhammad Ali

 

“I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want.” –Muhammad Ali

 

“Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.” –Muhammad Ali

 

“It’s not bragging if you can back it up.” –Muhammad Ali

 

“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you down. It’s the pebble in your shoe.” –Muhammad Ali

 

“Old age is just a record of one’s whole life.” –Muhammad Ali

 

“The man who has no imagination has no wings.” –Muhammad Ali

 

“I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.” –Muhammad Ali

 

“To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are.” –Muhammad Ali

 

“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.” –Muhammad Ali

 

 

“Inside of a ring or out, ain’t nothing wrong with going down. It’s staying down that’s wrong.” –Muhammad Ali

15 May Day Quotes

New Beginnings

It’s the first of May.  In some parts of the world, May Day is a traditional spring holiday and a day that signals rebirth and new beginnings.

So, if you’ve had a bad week, shake it off and enjoy a new start.

Here are some quotes to inspire you as the season begins:

 

“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.” –Laura Ingalls Wilder

 

“If we had no winter the spring would not be so pleasant.” –Anne Bradstreet

 

“Every flower must grow through dirt” –Laurie Jean Sennott

 

“…I hear the sounds of melting snow outside my window every night and with the first faint scent of spring, I remember life exists…”-John Geddes

 

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.” –Pablo Neruda

 

“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” – Hal Borland

 

“That is one good thing about this world…there are always sure to be more springs.”-L.M. Montgomery

 

“Let go of yesterday. Let today be a new beginning and be the best that you can, and you’ll get to where God wants you to be.” –Joel Osteen

 

“Life stands before me like an eternal spring with new and brilliant clothes.” –Carl Friedrich Gauss

 

“It is so small a thing to have enjoyed the sun, to have lived light in the spring, to have loved, to have thought, to have done.” –Matthew Arnold

 

“Every new beginning comes from other beginning’s end.” –Seneca

 

“Autumn arrives in early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day.” –Elizabeth Bowen

 

“From the end spring new beginnings.” –Pliny the Elder

25 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day

 

“The earth has music for those who listen.”-William Shakespeare

 

Watching and reading the news can increase our tension and stress. We see so much that fills our mind with worry. We see divides between people, between countries, and between ideas.

But there is far more that brings us together than divides us.

When I interviewed astronaut Ron Garan, I was struck by his orbital perspective. What better way to appreciate our planet than from space? You certainly realize how interdependent we are on each other and on planet Earth.

In our busy lives, it is a challenge to learn to gain perspective. Whether through deep breathing, meditation, prayer, or mindfulness, we all find ways to separate ourselves from the day-to-day stress and refocus on what matters.

 

Fact: the UN declared April 22 as International Mother Earth Day.

 

Today is Earth Day. For me, it’s a reminder of the beauty of our planet, of our interconnectedness, of our responsibility to take care of the environment.

And, in honor of Earth Day, here are just a few ways that we can celebrate our planet:

 

Celebrate Planet Earth

 

Spend time in nature.

Plant a tree.

 

“He that plants trees loves others beside himself.”-Thomas Fuller

 

Eat vegetarian.

Start recycling.

Look for ways to save energy.

Pick up litter.

Say no to plastic bags.

 

Fact: Each year we throw out enough plastic to circle Earth 4x.

 

Read more online and reduce printing.

Go off-grid and turn off your electronics.

Get a programmable thermostat.

 

Fact: the first Earth Day was in 1970.

 

Fix leaky faucets.

Use rechargeable batteries.

Take a walk outside.

 

Fact: Walking improves concentration and creativity.

 

Use a reusable water bottle.

Clean out your garage and donate to local charities.

Opt out of junk mail.

 

Fact: 100 million trees are destroyed to produce junk mail each year.

Quotes from United States Presidents for Presidents’ Day

Presidents’ Day

President George Washington died in 1799. Many celebrated his life on his birthday in February. Years later, Washington’s birthday became a federal holiday. Still later, Washington’s Birthday was replaced with President’s Day.

This year, most of the United States is endlessly focused on the current race for the highest office. Since we find these words splashed in the headlines, I thought it would be of interest to see some of the words spoken years ago.

 

44 Quotes from the 43 Presidents

Read that headline again. It’s true. We count Grover Cleveland twice because he was elected at two different times.

Here is a quote from each president in honor of the holiday:

 

“Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.” –George Washington

 

“Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.” –John Adams

 

“I cannot live without books.” –Thomas Jefferson

 

“The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money.” –James Madison

 

“A little flattery will support a man through great fatigue.” –James Monroe

 

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” –John Quincy Adams

 

“There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it.” –Andrew Jackson

 

“As to the presidency, the two happiest days of my life were those of my entrance upon the office and my surrender of it.” –Martin Van Buren

 

“But I contend that the strongest of all governments is that which is most free.” –William Henry Harrison

 

“Wealth can only be accumulated by the earnings of industry and the savings of frugality.” –John Tyler

25 Quotes to Build a Winning Team

You Win in the Locker Room First

A few months ago, I read Jon Gordon and Mike Smith’s book, You Win in the Locker Room First: The 7 C’s to Build a Winning Team in Business, Sports, and Life.

9781119157854The former NFL head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, Mike Smith, teamed up with one of my favorite authors, Jon Gordon, to explore seven principles that teams use to reinvigorate and reinvent their future.

I’m not sure how you read, but the more I like a book, the more underlines, highlights, and dog-eared pages appear. Long ago, I developed the habit of doing this because I want the wisdom of the authors to penetrate my thick skull and make an impact. When I read this book, there were so many quotes that stuck with me.

So, instead of an author interview, I wanted to share the top 25 Quotes from this book on team building that stuck with me. I hope you find them helpful as you build a great team of your own. Because, as the title of this book reminds us, winning starts long before you actually take the field.

 

25 Quotes to Build a Winning Team

“Culture is defined and created from the top down, but it comes to life from the bottom up.” –Mike Smith

 

“Culture drives expectations and beliefs. Expectations and beliefs drive behaviors. Behaviors drive habits and habits create the future.” –Jon Gordon

 

“Winning doesn’t begin just in the locker room; it also begins in the mind.” –Jon Gordon

 

“You win in the mind first and then you win on the field or court.” –Jon Gordon

 

“Leadership is a transfer of belief.” –Jon Gordon

 

“The leaders of the team or organization set the tone and attitude.” –Mike Smith

 

“What we think matters. Our words are powerful.” –Mike Smith

 

“If you are complaining, you are not leading. If you are leading, you are not complaining.” –Mike Smith

 

“Great leaders are positively contagious.” –Mike Smith

 

“The character you possess during the drought is what your team will remember during the harvest.” –Mike Smith

 

“To build a winning team, you want to be consistent in your attitude, effort, and actions.” –Jon Gordon