Athletes have a good grasp on motivation and commitment but some wise words from other famous and accomplished athletes can give them a renewed confidence that they are on the right path. Doing sports is a great challenge, but the benefits are tremendous and here you can remember why.
Check out these quotes to enter the minds of the world’s most famous athletes. Find in their excellent insights the motivation to keep going. I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match. – Mia Hamm
Although victory is the goal of every athlete, success usually means that you have to give your best at every step of the way. When the right moment comes, you can be sure that you’ll have the skills and the mental power to make the most of it.
The five S’s of sports training are stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit. – Ken Doherty
Success in sports is not possible without some essential ingredients such as physical and mental strength, skills, talent, and an unmatchable capacity for hard work. Training is the process of growth that makes success possible.
When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge. –Terry Bradshaw
To be a remarkable athlete, you must cultivate the mindset of a winner. There are no obstacles in sports, just challenges. Every challenge is an opportunity to develop a new strength and to find within you a power you never realized you had.
Never give up, never give in, and when the upper hand is ours, may we have the ability to handle the win with the dignity that we absorbed the loss. – Doug Williams
There is a nobility in sports which demands us to rise up to it. Learning to maintain your dignity and your confidence in times of loss is a proof that, despite any failure, you will rise up to be a champion.
Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement. – Marv Levy
Persistence is the major quality that makes the distinction between victory and loss. Since persistence is the ability to take one more step against all odds, someday that one step will make the difference between winners and losers.
If you can’t outplay them, outwork them. – Ben Hogan
It is easy to get discouraged thinking that there are more talented people out there, and they surely exist, but talent means nothing without work. Working just a little more can really make a difference.
The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination. – Tommy Lasorda
When we think about impossible things we forget that everything is impossible until someone actually achieves it. There are no impossible things, just things that nobody worked hard and smart enough to achieve them yet. The chance is yours.
Champions keep playing until they get it right. – Billie Jean King
Everyone wonders that makes someone a champion, but the answer may be more obvious than we think. Maybe a champion is that person who, no matter what, keeps playing against all odds, taking every small chance they get to make things right. You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours. – Herb Brooks
If you think you are born to be a player and a winner, nothing should stop you from fulfilling your destiny. Bring out your inner, most powerful self and achieve your dreams. Every moment counts.
You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits. That is real joy. – Arthur Ashe
Thinking too much about your opponents can only harm your ability to concentrate. Forget about your opponents and think about the best version of yourself who deserves to win. Real joy is overcoming your own limits, not comparing yourself with others.
The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning. – Pele
Small victories are nice, but they are not what keeps us going. A great challenge and a difficult victory is that thing that can motivate us for a long time and prepare us for even greater victories. In this case, the happiness of winning lasts longer and is more profound.
To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them. – Picabo Street
You will never know your true potential until you encounter a challenge so great that will force you to find your limits and to work around them. It takes not just strength, but also a lot of courage to disregard limits and widen your path.
Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. – Michael Jordan
Your ability to handle obstacles is the thing that will allow you to enter the league of winners. We tend to overestimate obstacles when we are under pressure, but they are never invincible. It may take some work and creativity, but you can defeat it.
Some people say I have attitude – maybe I do…but I think you have to. You have to believe in yourself when no one else does – that makes you a winner right there. – Venus Williams
If you want to be a winner, you must have a level of confidence that will shock and overwhelm others. Some may judge you, but to be able to stay strong and follow the call of victory against all adversities, overconfidence must become an asset.
A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t. – Jack Dempsey
A champion is that person who does not hesitate to take one more step even when it seems impossible. Not everyone wants to push themselves that much, that is why not everyone can be a champion. However, becoming a champion is a choice that you can make if you’re willing to give it all.
You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. – Wayne Gretzky
There is nothing that destroys your peace of mind and your well-being as much as the regret of not taking a shot when it could have made a difference. If you don’t try, you will always wonder what it would have been like.
Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best. – Tim Duncan
When you’re training hard, every day is valuable. Going from ok to great and from better to best is a process of daily commitment and struggle, but it the only way to reach the top.
You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good. – Jerry West
Many people have this idea that you have to wait for that right moment when you feel inspired, in order to do something meaningful. As high achievers, athletes know that waiting to feel good in order to work is a recipe for failure. Being able to work when you don’t feel like it is the true sign of a winning mindset.
It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up. – Babe Ruth
If you want to be seen as a winner, you must become so driven and committed that no one would dare to challenge you. If you are prepared never to give up, eventually you will leave all your opponents behind.
Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play. – Mike Singletary
Winning is a big deal in sports, but in the race to victory, sometimes it is healthy to remember that having the opportunity to play and enjoying to be part in a sport is just as important as winning. After all, winners are those who love the game the most.
Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it. – George Halas
Sports require a lot of effort, commitment, and sacrifice. However, the more you put into it, the smaller is the chance to regret it. Sports is one of those areas where effort really correlates with success and where hard work trumps luck.
If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all? – Joe Namath
Being an athlete is a huge investment of time and energy, which is why you must be convinced you want to go all the way once you commit to sports. Without cultivating the mental strength of a winner who never gives up, you put yourself in danger of wasting valuable resources.
Winners never quit and quitters never win. – Vince Lombardi
Having this wise and simple phrase in mind while you train can really give you an incredible boost of motivation. Being a quitter is not something we can easily accept. When you think about giving up, remember that quitters lose not just the chance of winning, but also the respect of everyone.
It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe. – Muhammad Ali
Sometimes is not the external obstacle that slows us down, but rather our own perception of it. For athletes, the mind is the most powerful weapon. A strong mind can reduce an obstacle to nothing while a weak mind can sabotage even the most physically endowed player.
I’ve learned that something constructive comes from every defeat. – Tom Landry
Winning is great, but early winnings do not always end up being valuable in the long-term. Mostly, this happens because people are engineered to get motivated when they have to prove something. Early success can give them an inaccurate idea about the work they still need to put in.
Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up. – Dean Karnazes
To be one of the winners, you must accustom yourself with the idea that sacrifices may be required. Sometimes, you may need to change your approach, take smaller steps, or change directions, but the only thing that matters is to keep going.
Sports do not build character. They reveal it. – Heywood Broun
Sports are a medium where the best and the worst in people can be brought up to the surface. With this in mind, it’s safe to say that sports help us reveal our character and once we reveal it, to build on it.
Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game. – Michael Jordan
There is a lot of pressure in sports, and there is also a lot of judgment. In such an environment, it’s easy to forget that a big part of the game is being able to actually enjoy the game and to have fun while playing, no matter the outcome.
Show me a guy who’s afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat every time. – Lou Brock
Failure can be a hard blow to someone’s confidence, but failure is unavoidable in the process of growth, that is why an athlete must not fear to look bad. Your opponent will use your fear against you.
Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records. – William Arthur Ward
In sports, adversity is just the core structure of the game. To prove your strength, you must have something against which you can fight. A good athlete finds motivation in adversity because it gives him the chance to prove his worth.
Sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose-it teaches you about life. – Billie Jean King
Playing sports is a good shortcut to many valuable life lessons. All the things that athletes learn are transferable to the real world. The mindset of a winner does not change outside the game. If you want to toughen up, treat sports with respect and commitment.