Your Extra Gear & Peyton Manning Mini-Helmet Contest

by Brandon Steiner October 04, 2013 0 Comments

You have an extra gear that you're not using.

I know this.

You're working hard, sure, but you can do more. You can be better.

Right now you might be thinking, "Brandon, what the h*ll? You don't know me. You don't know how hard I'm working!"

And that's true enough.

But the thing is, we ALL have a higher gear we're not using.

Let me prove this via one Peyton Manning.

We all understand Peyton's been super competitive - and a true professional - for his entire career, and probably his entire life.

He's been one of the NFL's best quarterbacks since he entered the league in 1998.

But have you been watching him this year?

The Denver Broncos offense, led by Peyton, looks nothing short of unstoppable.

And Peyton looks more in command, and more expert, than ever.

Peyton is leading the league in yards, completions, completion percentage, and QB rating.

He's not just the best right now; he's by far the best.

Granted, he's healthier than he's been in years, but there's more to it. You can tell every time you see the Broncos play.

Peyton Manning - who's been operating at 110% his whole life - seems to have found a way to get to 120%.

Somehow, he found his extra gear.

Is it because the Indianapolis Colts chose to draft the much younger quarterback Andrew Luck a couple of years ago, while Peyton was injured, essentially taking the reins from him?

Is it because, while he was out for a year with neck issues, a lot of people questioned whether he'd ever be a good QB again?

Is it because he's nearing retirement age, and he wanted to prove he could still operate at a high level?

Is it because of the orange uniforms?

Is it Denver's ALTITUDE?

Of course, I'm being a little facetious with those last two, but the point remains:

Even Peyton Manning found a higher level.

What do you need to find yours?

Do you need your boss to walk into your office and say to you, “Maybe we don’t need you anymore?” in order to kick you up a notch?

Do you need to move your workstation next to some new people?

Do you need to read an inspirational book?

How do you reach your extra gear?

Subscribe to this blog by entering your email on the left (where it says SUBSCRIBE & ENTER WEEKLY CONTEST) and let me know your secret for motivation in the comments section below.

One subscriber will win a Peyton Manning-signed mini-helmet!

Brandon Steiner
Brandon Steiner


Brandon Steiner is the founder and chairman of Steiner Sports Marketing and Memorabilia, the largest company of its kind in America. Considered a sports marketing guru, Brandon is a permanent fixture in the media as a regular on ESPN NY Radio 98.7 FM and as host of "The Hook-Up with Brandon Steiner" on YES Network. He has appeared frequently on CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, ESPN, and in newspapers including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. The author of The Business Playbook: Leadership Lessons from the World of Sports and You Gotta Have Balls: How a Kid from Brooklyn Started From Scratch, Bought Yankee Stadium, and Created a Sports Empire, Brandon lives in Scarsdale, New York, with his wife, Mara and children Crosby and Nicole.

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