Body / Mind

Determination, Summed Up in 50 Quotes

Below is a collection of 50 quotes from athletes, fitness trainers, and individuals who all have something to say about the power of determination. If there’s something in common with all of them, it’s that they train their minds to believe they can be great at something, and actually work for it. They don’t stop until they master their craft and when they do, they strive to get even better.

So whether you’re an athlete, a gym junkie, or a running enthusiast, have an attitude that aims to continuously outperform one’s self. If the going gets tough, take a look at the stories of the individuals below and know that if they were able to surpass personal challenges and feats to get to where they want to be, then you can do too.

1.    Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best. – Tim Duncan
2.    You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good. – Jerry West
3.    The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination. – Tommy Lasorda
4.    Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it. – Ted Williams
5.    Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period. – Lou Holtz
6.    If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all? – Joe Namath
7.    The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital. – Joe Paterno
8.    Everything is practice. – Bill Shankley
9.    I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match. – Mia Hamm
10.  A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t. – Jack Dempsey
11.  The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day. – Wayne Gretzky
12.  Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.– Matt Biondi
13.  You have to train your mind like you train your body. – Bruce Jenner
14.  Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, just like muscles of the body.- Lynn Jennings
15.  Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up. – Dean Karnazes
16.  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
17.  Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
18.  We must train hard. It’s not about denying a weakness may exist but about denying its right to persist. – Vince McConnell
19.  If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you. – Fred Devito
20.  You can have results or you can have your excuses. You cannot have both. – Unknown
21.  Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.– Bo Jackson
22.  Continuous effort — not strength or intelligence — is the key to unlocking our potential.– Liane Cardes
23.  Good is not good when better is expected.– Vin Scully
24.  The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.– Steve Young
25.  Make each day your masterpiece.– John Wooden
26.  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
27.  Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.– Pat Riley
28.  Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it.– Ted Williams
29.  Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.– Lance Armstrong
30.  The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.– Joe Paterno
31.  There are only two options regarding commitment. You’re either IN or you’re OUT. There is no such thing as life in-between.– Pat Riley
32.  Don’t wish for it. Work for it. – Unknown
33.  Everything is hard before it is easy. – Goethe
34.  Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you. – Unknown
35.  You don’t have to be great to start. But you have to start to be great. – Unknown
36.  If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you. – Fred devito
37.  Being challenged in life is inevitable. Being defeated is optional. – Unknown
38.  You cant put a limit on anything. – Michael Phelps
39.  It doesn’t happen all at once… You become. It takes a long time. – Margery Williams
40.  The difference between the possible and the impossible lies in a man’s determination.- Tommy Lasorda
41.  No one can be the best in everything, but you can be your best in everything you do.- Dave Bruno
42.  Spectacular achievements are always preceded by unspectacular preparation.- Roger Staubach
43.  Our aspirations are our possibilities. – Robert Browning
44.  Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. – Mahatma Gandhi
45.  Energy and persistence conquer all things. – Benjamin Franklin
46.  Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. – Lou Holtz
47.  Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. – Jim Rohn
48.  The finish line is just the beginning of a whole new race.- Unknown
49.  Ignore the scale, and make the process your goal. – Harley Pasternak
50.  Train insane or remain the same. – Cassey Ho


Article written by the Brew Your Best Year Editor

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