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Personal development quotes

  • "Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified." - Apostle Paul, 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (NASB)
  • "Champions are famous for concentrating their energy and efforts on what they want and blocking out anything or anyone who threatens that focus. While average people haphazardly pursue loosely defined goals, champions concentrate on the attainment of a singular purpose with an intensity that borders on obsession. World-class performers invest an inordinate amount of time and energy in selecting their major goals . While the masses consider making changes every New Year’s Eve, the goal setting and planning process is an everyday habit of champions. When the goals are set, champions put mental blinders on and move forward with dogged persistence and ferocious tenacity. World-class performers create such an intense level of concentration to overcome challenges and achieve goals that it is the last thing they think about before they fall asleep, and the first thing that hits them when they wake up. The great ones dream about their goals so frequently that they often keep pen and paper on the nightstand so they can quickly record any ideas or solutions that come to them in the middle of the night. While average people see world - class performers’ successes as a matter of intelligence or luck, champions know sustained concentration of thought and action is usually the true key to their success." - Steve Siebold, 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class.
  • If you want it like you want to breathe. If you want it like you say you want it, you can have it. If you are willing to persevere, if you are willing to fight for it, there is nothing you can't have if you are willing to work for it. You might be smarter. You might come from privilege. But you will not outwork me! If you want to be successful in life, you have to understand that there is a sense of urgency. You have to do things faster than your competitors. There are some guys who are at a whole different level. You have to separate yourself. I dare you to leave everything on the field. Get tired of losing. There is greatness in you. You can reach your full potential. Be what you were called to be. Do what you were called to do. Listen to me. Do not fear. I need you to understand. that you can have it, but it is going to be a fight. But if you are willing to fight, there is going to come victory. - Eric Thomas.[1]
  • "Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed." - Cavett Robert
  • "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney
  • "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt
  • " Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving." - Albert Einstein
  • "Show me a man who has never made a mistake, and I will show you one who has never tried anything. - Anonymous
  • "Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible." - Tony Robbins
  • "Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan." - Tom Landry
  • "The secret of getting ahead is getting started." - Mark Twain
  • "'You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great." - Zig Ziglar

"The final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands." - Anne Frank

  • "The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark." - Michelangelo
  • "What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals." - Zig Ziglar

Inspirational songs

Classic motivation quotes from athletes

"I like to work hard. I find my motivation. I don't like to go half-ways. I like to go all the way if I get involved in something. I think there is that kind of determination that maybe only a few people have. I don't like to quit when it is hard." - Nadia Comăneci

"I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'" - Muhammad Ali

A few sayings and quotes of Coach Herb Brooks:

"You can't be common, the common man goes nowhere; you have to be uncommon."

"Boys, I'm asking you to go to the well again."

"Great moments are born from great opportunities."

"Lets be idealistic, but lets also be practical."

"You want to make sacrifices for the unknown"

"I could have picked this team in July and been real close...I kept them on the bubble. That's a key thing."

"They had to reinvent themselves a lot...They had to have a great personal attitude. They were well rounded players that could adapt to a whole new style of play...They're really tough psychologically. They were hard bitten tough people and that could be pulled and at times pushed, but mostly pulled. And understood that great do it again. They had tremendous resiliency. They were tough, tough young people. - Coach Herb Brooks U.S. Olympic team that beat the Soviets

Jimmy Craig with finger pointing at the coach after winning game after being pulled the previous game: I showed you didn't I! I should you didn't I! Coach Herb Brooks: Yep. You sure did Jimmy.

Classic motivational quotes

“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” ― Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (Molière)

“Most people fail in life not because they aim too high and miss, but because they aim too low and hit.” - Les Brown

"Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate.' - Zig Ziglar

“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” - Les Brown

“Other people's opinion of you does not have to become your reality.” - Les Brown

“All men of action are dreamers.” - James Huneker

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” - Anatole France

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!" - Goethe

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” - Anatole France

“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” - Jesse Owens

  • "When you are tough on yourself, life is going to be infinitely easier on you". - Zig Ziglar

" must plan to win and prepare to win. Then and only then can you expect to win." - Zig Ziglar

"You are what you are and where you are because of what has gone into your mind. You can change what you are and where you are by changing what goes into your mind." - Zig Ziglar

"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals." - Zig Ziglar

"There are no traffic jams on the extra mile." - Zig Ziglar

  • "The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty." - Zig Ziglar

"If you go out looking for friends, you're going to find they are very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you'll find them everywhere." - Zig Ziglar

"Outstanding people have one thing in common: An absolute sense of mission". - Zig Ziglar

"Don't become a wandering generality. Be a meaningful specific." - Zig Ziglar

“When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there.” - Zig Ziglar

  • “The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want right now” - Zig Ziglar

“Make today worth remembering.” - Zig Ziglar

"“If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” - Zig Ziglar

“You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great”. - Zig Ziglar

"Lack of direction, not lack of time is the problem. We all have 24 hour days."- Zig Ziglar

"The choice to have a great attitude is something that nobody or no circumstance can take from you." - Zig Ziglar

"Fear is faith in reverse." - Zig Ziglar

"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing – that's why we recommend it daily.” - Zig Ziglar

Freedom quotes

"So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, 'If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.'" - John 8:31-32

"It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery." - Apostle Paul, Galatians 5:1

"The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion." - Albert Camus

"Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better." - Albert Camus

"Responsibility is the price of freedom." - Elbert Hubbard

"There are two freedoms - the false, where a man is free to do what he likes; the true, where he is free to do what he ought." - Charles Kingsley

"Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged." - Ronald Reagan

"Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people." - John Adams

"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." - Nelson Mandela

"If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

"As human beings, we are endowed with freedom of choice, and we cannot shuffle off our responsibility upon the shoulders of God or nature. We must shoulder it ourselves. It is our responsibility." - Arnold J. Toynbee

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” ― George Orwell

  • Freedom of speech includes the freedom to offend people." - Brad Thor

"Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err." - Mahatma Ghandhi

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.” ― Abraham Lincoln

"I freed thousands of slaves, and could have freed thousands more, if they had known they were slaves.” ― Harriet Tubman

"In America, through pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from." - Peter Ustinov

"Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be." - Daniel Boorstin

“Freedom lies in being bold.” - Robert Frost

“There was one of two things I had a right to: liberty or death. If I could not have one, I would take the other, for no man should take me alive. I should fight for liberty as long as my strength lasted.” ― Harriet Tubman

Unstoppable related videos and Les Brown

Winning and motivation videos

Quotes and miscellaneous

Zig Ziglar quotes

“The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty.”

"When you are tough on yourself, life is going to be infinitely easier on you.”

“Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be.”

“You are the only person on earth who can use your ability.”

“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude”

“It's not what you've got, it's what you use that makes a difference.

“People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.

“ be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.”


  • "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them." - Ephesians 2:10
  • "Choose your friends with caution; plan your future with purpose, and frame your life with faith." - Thomas S. Monson
  • "The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others." - Albert Schweitzer
  • "The secret of success is constancy to purpose." - Benjamin Disraeli
  • Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement." - W. Clement Stone
  • "No man or woman is an island. To exist just for yourself is meaningless. You can achieve the most satisfaction when you feel related to some greater purpose in life, something greater than yourself." - Denis Waitley
  • "Happiness is a byproduct of function, purpose, and conflict; those who seek happiness for itself seek victory without war." - William S. Burroughs
  • "The purpose of life is a life of purpose." - Robert Byrne
  • "The soul which has no fixed purpose in life is lost; to be everywhere, is to be nowhere." = Michel de Montaigne
  • "More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent." - Billy Sunday
  • "Mankind's role is to fulfil his heaven-sent purpose through a sincere heart that is in harmony with all creation and loves all things." - Morihei Ueshiba
  • "It is wonderful what strength of purpose and boldness and energy of will are roused by the assurance that we are doing our duty." - Walter Scott
    • "I determined never to stop until I had come to the end and achieved my purpose." - David Livingstone
  • "Oh, how precious is time, and how it pains me to see it slide away, while I do so little to any good purpose." - David Brainerd
  • "Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary." - Cecil Beaton
  • "Confrontation is something that I accept as part of the project though not its purpose." - Andy Goldsworthy
  • "Having a sense of purpose is having a sense of self. A course to plot is a destination to hope for." - Bryant H. McGill
  • "Without wisdom, the future has no meaning, no valuable purpose." - Herbie Hancock
  • "The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning." - Mitch Albom


  • "Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favor." - Brian Tracy
  • "Goals in writing are dreams with deadlines." - Brian Tracy
  • "Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favor." - Brian Tracy
  • "There is no achievement without goals." - Robert J. McKaine
  • "Goals in writting are dreams with deadlines." - Brian Tracy
  • "This one step - choosing a goal and sticking to it - changes everything." - Scott Reed
  • "People with goals succeed because they know where they're going." Earl Nightingale
  • "Until input (thought) is linked to a goal (purpose) there can be no intelligent accomplishment." - Paul G. Thomas
  • "Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination." - Fitzhugh Dodson
  • "Goals.There's not telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There's no telling what you can do when you believe in them. There's no telling what will happen when you act upon them." - Jim Rohn
  • "You must have long term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short term failures." - Charles C. Noble
  • "We all need lots of powerful long-range goals to help us past the short-term obstacles." - Jim Rohn
  • "What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals." - Zig Ziglar
  • "Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all your energies on a limited set of targets." - Nido Qubein
  • "An average person with average talent,ambition and education, can outstrip the most brilliant genius in our society,if that person has clear,focused goals." - Brian Tracy
  • "The person with a fixed goal, a clear picture of his desire, or an ideal always before him, causes it, through repetition, to be buried deeply in his subconscious mind and is thus enabled, thanks to its generative and sustaining power, to realize his goal in a minimum of time and with a minimum of physical effort. Just pursue the thought unceasingly. Step by step you will achieve realization, for all your faculties and powers become directed to that end." - Claude M. Bristol
  • "If you don't know where you are going, you'll probably end up somewhere else." - Lewis Carroll
  • "Keep your eye on eternal goals." - John H. Groberg
  • "People with goals succeed because they know where they are going... It's as simple as that." - Earl Nightingale
  • "Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal." - Hannah More
  • "In the long run men hit only what they aim at." - Henry David Thoreau


Attitude quotes and related material

  • And Jesus said to him, “ ‘If You can?’ All things are possible to him who believes.” - Mark 9:23
  • "And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” - Matthew 19:26
  • "A five year study of 120 of the nation's top artists, athletes and scholars has concluded that drive and determination--not great natural talent--led to their extraordinary success." - Los Angeles Times, Interviews With 120 Top Artists, Athletes and Scholars : The Key to Success? It's Drive, Not Talent, Study Finds, February 17, 1985 [2]
  • "Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back-- Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now." - Goethe
  • “My dear friend, clear your mind of can't.” - Samuel Johnson
  • "Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps." - David Lloyd George
  • "Take charge of your thoughts". - Plato
  • "Things do not change. We change." - David Thoreau
  • "Decide what "personal best" record you'll commit yourself to breaking on daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly basis. Once you break the first three, the last two are easier!" - Danny Cox
  • "Self-imposed barriers...are often accompanied by words such as 'We've always done it that way' or 'I did the best I could under the circumstances'. These common justifications leave out the possibility there could be other ways to address an issue or that we have the power to change our circumstances". - Danny Cox
  • "There's an old expression, 'Seeing is believing.' But it's more accurate to say that 'Believing is seeing'. That is, you tend to see what you believe you are going to see. You bring to a situation what you expect to experience." - Dr. Carl Sorenson, Stanford University quoted in Enlightened leadership: getting to the heart of change By Ed Oakley, Doug Krug, page 100
  • "Success, however, may bring self-satisfaction...The spirit of adventure is lost in the inertia of the mind against change. When such influences develop, growth may be arrested or a decline may set in, caused by the failure to recognize advancing technology or altered consumer needs, or perhaps by competition that is more virile and aggressive." - Alfred P. Sloan, My Years with General Motors
  • "If we dedicate ourselves over and over again to the goal of climbing one peak to the next…resisting the urge to become discouraged by the task-every one of us can become a high achiever." ~John R. Noe
  • "Life is a lively process of becoming." - Douglas MacArthur
  • "You can't solve the problem - or even address it - if you're busy convincing yourself that you're doomed" - Danny Cox
  • "We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience." - George Washington


  • "Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself." - Leo Tolstoy
  • "To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life." - Robert Louis Stevenson
  • “We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.” - Jim Rohn
  • "It costs so much to be a full human being that there are few who have the enlightenment, or the courage to pay the price. . . One has to abandon altogether the search for security...One has to accept pain as a condition of existence...One needs a will stubborn in conflict..." - Morris L. West
  • "Drucker taught that if you continue to do what made you successful in the past, you will eventually fail. This has been true in all times and in every field— including not only business, but war, politics and even in your personal life. Companies, industries, countries and even individuals that fail to understand this single principle litter history." - William A. Cohen[3]
  • "The barriers are not yet erected which can say to aspiring talent and industry, 'Thus far and no further." - Ludwig van Beethoven
  • "A love of tradition for its own sake is what I call 'nostalgic paralysis' - and it's a sure fire recipe for stagnation and inefficiency'- Danny Cox
  • "When a great team loses through complacency, it will constantly search for new and more intricate explanations to explain away defeat." - Pat Riley
  • "You need to have a redesign because familiarity breeds a kind of complacency." - Timothy White
  • "Change brings opportunity." - Nido Qubein
  • "A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown." - Denis Waitley
  • "We shall have no better conditions in the future if we are satisfied with all those which we have at present." - Thomas Edison
  • "If you put yourself in a position where you have to stretch outside your comfort zone, then you are forced to expand your consciousness." - Les Brown
  • "Comfort zones are most often expanded through discomfort." - Peter McWilliams
  • "If you remain in your comfort zone you will not go any further." - Catherine Pulsifer
  • Fear is the sworn enemy of adventure, which is a driving force to no-limits achievement. And fear goes exactly where we tell him to go. - Danny Cox
  • "In order to do more, I've got to be more." - Jim Rohn
  • "The dreams I only thought about, the ones I took no action on, well they are still dreams. But the ones that I took action on, they are now a reality." - Catherine Pulsifer
  • "A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar." - Lao-Tzu
  • Desire for change and self-discipline increase at the same rate, in fact, they reinforce each other. Your mental attitude will determine the strength of the 'countercurrent' you generate to overcome old habits and obstacles. - Danny Cox
  • "The first step to really having a changed life is to admit what needs to change. You must become sick of your current situation enough to really want to change. What is your threshold of pain for your current circumstance?" - Bil Cornelius
  • "Change before you have to." - Jack Welch
  • "Pain can be a powerful motivator, more so than pleasure. It has an amazing way of making us hear God more clearly and focus on what’s really important. Whatever you’re struggling with right now can help you. Let it be your wake-up call." - Bil Cornelius
  • "Pain: The gift of clarity. Allow your pain to cause you to get determined." - Bil Cornelius

Keeping the end in mind

  • "A new philosophy, a way of life, is not given for nothing. It has to be paid dearly for and only acquired with much patience and great effort." - Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • "Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it." - Henry Ford
  • “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” - Abraham Lincoln
  • "When you are tough on yourself, life is going to be infinitely easier on you." - Zig Ziglar


  • "There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity." - Douglas MacArthur
  • "In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." Albert Einstein
  • "It still holds true that man is most uniquely human when he turns obstacles into opportunities." - Eric Hoffer
  • "Opportunities? They are all around us?there is power lying latent everywhere waiting for the observant eye to discover it." - Orison Swett Marden
  • "Spend eighty percent of your time focusing on the opportunities of tomorrow rather than the problems of yesterday." - Brian Tracy
  • "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." - Thomas Edison
  • "We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems." - Unknown
  • "A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds." - Francois Bacon
  • "Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem more afraid of life than death." - James F. Byrnes
  • "Teachers open the doors, but you must enter by yourself." - Chinese Proverb
  • "Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity." - H. Jackson Brown JR.
  • "Where one door shuts another opens." - Miguel de Cervantes
  • "He who refuses to embrace a unique opportunity loses the prize as surely as if he had failed." - William James
  • "The less you know about an opportunity, the more attractive it is." - Anonymous

Vince Lombardi quotes

"I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious." - Vince Lombardi

"Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit." - Vince Lombardi

"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence." - Vince Lombardi

"Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will be judged by only one thing-the result." - Vince Lombardi

"The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender." - Vince Lombardi

"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor." - Vince Lombardi

Inspirational sports

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Mental toughness and training:

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Michael Jordon:



We are Marshall


Jack Lengyel: One day, not today, not tomorrow, not this season, probably not next season either but one day, you and I are gonna wake up and suddenly we're gonna be like every other team in every other sport where winning is everything and nothing else matters. And when that day comes, well thats, thats when we'll honor them.