Everyone has days where they wake up and just don’t feel motivated to do anything. Sometimes it can be because of lousy weather, other times it can be the result of stress, or it can be due to a grinding week, month or season of practices, competitions and academics.
Though this lack of motivation may seem at times to be insurmountable, it can be eliminated by repeating a quote by your favorite athlete inside your head. At the end of my sophomore year of high school, I had grown tired of not having the mental strength to commit to my training plans and goals. Too many days had gone by where I made an excuses and told myself that I would do my core strengthening tomorrow or that I would get to the gym this weekend. I decided that enough was enough, and I made a list of quotes by great athletes. My plan was to look at this list each morning, and select a quote that would keep me disciplined throughout the day. Here are a few of my favorites:
• “Ask yourself, ‘Can I do better?’ The answer, almost always, is yes.” –One of my favorite quotes, but I was unable to locate the source it.
• “If I am still standing at the end of the race, hit me with a board and knock me down because that means I didn’t run hard enough.” –Steve Jones, former Welsh marathon runner.
Pictured above: Steve Jones
• “Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a lion or a gazelle–when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.” –Roger Bannister, the first person to run a sub 4:00 mile.
• “If you accept the expectations of others, especially the negative ones, you will never change the outcome.” –Michael Jordan, former basketball player, member of the NBA Hall of Fame.
• “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” –Vince Lombardi, Hall of Fame football coach.
• “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” –Henry Ford (he wasn’t an athlete, but I really like that quote).
After making the list of quotes, I found that not only did they give me motivation for athletic training, but they helped give me focus on my academics. This is not the complete list (that would be too long), but these six quotes make up the highlights of that list.
Are there any quotes out there that helped motivate or inspire you to work towards your goals?