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“You don’t get it by wishing, staring, or hoping. You don’t get it easy. You get it by working your ass off every single day.”

“The best athletes in the world are those who are willing to push harder than anyone else, and go through more pain than anyone else.”

What makes a Great Athlete?

What makes a Great Athlete?

“Some people dream of success; while others stay awake to achieve it.”

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.”–Mark Twain

“A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.”–Wayne Gretzky

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.”–Wayne Gretzky

“Forget about style; worry about results.”–Bobby Orr

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”–John Wooden

“Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.”–John Wooden

“Never Give up. Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding.”–Jim Valvano

“In order to excel, you must be completely dedicated.”Willie Mays

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”–John Wooden

“If you are afraid of failure you don’t deserve to be successful.”Charles Barkley

“There’s always somebody saying you can’t do it, and those people have to be ignored.”

“Three things cannot be long hidden: The Sun, The Moon, and The Truth.” ~ Buddha

“Should you find a wise critic to point out your faults, follow him as you would a guide to hidden treasure.” ~ Buddha

“Like someone pointing to treasure is the wise person who sees your faults and points them out. Associate with such a sage.” ~ Buddha

“If with a pure mind a person speaks or acts, happiness follows them like a never-departing light.” ~ Buddha

“Whatever precious jewel there is in the heavenly worlds, there is nothing comparable to one who is Awakened.” ~ Buddha

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination.”–Tommy Lasorda

“I hate to lose more than I like to win.”–Larry Bird

“I’ve got a theory that if you give 100% all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.”–Larry Bird

“In the end, it’s extra effort that separates a winner from second place. But winning takes a lot more than that, too. It starts with complete command of the fundamentals. Then it takes desire, determination, discipline, and self-sacrifice. And, finally, it takes a great deal of love, fairness and respect for your fellow man. Put all these together, and even if you don’t win, how can you lose?”–Jesse Owens

“Life is about timing.”–Carl Lewis

“Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.”–Dan Gable

“Great moments are born from great opportunity.”–Herb Brooks

“You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours.”–Herb Brooks

“You can motivate by fear, and you can motivate by reward. But both those methods are only temporary. The only lasting thing is self motivation.”–Homer Rice

“Resolve never to quit, never to give up, no matter what the situation.”–Jack Nicklaus

“Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.”–Jackie Joyner-Kersee

What it takes to be great at anything.

“Make sure that team members know they are working with you, not for you.”–John Wooden

“Nothing will work unless you do.”–John Wooden

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”–John Wooden

“Life is not a spectator sport.”Jackie Robinson

“When you’re about to quit, remember why you started.”

“A person who wants something will find a way; a person who doesn’t will find an excuse.”

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”–Babe Ruth

“There are no mistakes in life, just lessons.”

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present.” ~ Buddha

“What we think, we become.” ~ Buddha

“It is better to do nothing, than to do what is wrong. For whatever you do, you do to yourself.” ~ Buddha

“Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.” ~ Buddha

“Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.” ~ Buddha

“Competitive sports are played mainly on a five-and-a-half inch court, the space between your ears”–Bobby Jones

“It is not your arm that makes you a great pitcher. It is that thing between both of your ears we call a brain.”–Greg Maddux

“A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t”–Jack Dempsey

“I’ll let the racket do the talking.”–John McEnroe

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”–Babe Ruth

“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”–Babe Ruth

“Champions are dreamers who never give up.”

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”

“The more you sweat in practice, the less you bleed in battle.”

“Pain is what makes winning so great.”

“Remember; there is always a little girl in the stands that wants to be just like you, don’t disappoint her.”–Mia Hamm

“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”–Jackie Robinson

The Laws of Winning.

“How you played in yesterday’s game and will play today is all that counts.”–Jackie Robinson

“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.”–Jerry Rice

“You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.”–Jerry West

“One chance is all you need.”–Jesse Owens

“Treat a person as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat him as he could be, and he will become what he should be.”–Jimmie Johnson

“Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.”–John Wooden

“It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.”–John Wooden

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”

“When your legs give out, play with your heart.”

“Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.” ~ Buddha

“What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now.” ~ Buddha

“Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.” ~ Buddha

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” ~ Buddha

“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.” ~ Buddha

“Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.”–Michael Jordan

“Nobody’s a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better. It’s hard to stay on top.”

“If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.”–Carl Lewis

“Defeat is not defeat unless accepted as a reality-in your own mind.”–Bruce Lee

“I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.”–Bruce Lee

“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.”–Bruce Lee

“Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.”–Bruce Lee

“To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.”–Bruce Lee

“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done. Make at least one definite move daily toward your goal.”–Bruce Lee

“The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.”–Bruce Lee

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”–Bruce Lee

“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.”–Bruce Lee

“For it is easy to criticize and break down the spirit of others, but to know yourself takes a lifetime.”–Bruce Lee

“Be self aware, rather than a repetitious robot.”–Bruce Lee

Always Fight For Freedom.

“As you think, so shall you become.”–Bruce Lee

“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”–Bruce Lee

“Be happy, but never satisfied.”–Bruce Lee

“What you habitually think largely determines what you will ultimately become.”–Bruce Lee

“Life itself is your teacher, and you are in a state of constant learning.”–Bruce Lee

“If you don’t want to slip up tomorrow, speak the truth today.”–Bruce Lee

“Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory.”–Bruce Lee

“The more we value things, the less we value ourselves.”–Bruce Lee

“Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.”–Bruce Lee

“It is not how big you are, it’s how big you play.”

“One who acts on truth is happy in this world and beyond.” ~ Buddha

“An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast. A wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.” ~ Buddha

“Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.” ~ Buddha

“I do not dispute with the world; rather it is the world that disputes with me.” ~ Buddha

“It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.” ~ Buddha

“Tell me I can’t, then watch me work twice as hard to prove you wrong.”

“All glory goes to God.”

“You’ll never accomplish anything if you don’t believe that you can do it.”

“Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.”

“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”Jackie Robinson

“The one that works the hardest comes out on top.”

“Never give up on what you love.”

“What do you do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.”

“The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare.”

“Build up your weaknesses until they become your strong points.”–Knute Rockne

“Push yourself again and again. Don’t give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.”–Larry Bird

“A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.”–Larry Bird

Be a Winner.

“Leadership is diving for a loose ball, getting the crowd involved, getting other players involved. It’s being able to take it as well as dish it out. That’s the only way you’re going to get respect from the players.”–Larry Bird

“Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.”–Lou Holtz

“Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.”–Lou Holtz

“Statistics are like bikinis; they show a lot but not everything.”

“A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.”–Mary Lou Retton

“I’ve worked too hard and too long to let anything stand in the way of my goals. I will not let my teammates down, and I will not let myself down.”–Mia Hamm

“I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.”–Mia Hamm

“Some people want it to happen. Some wish it would happen. Others make it happen.”–Michael Jordan

“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

“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 can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”–Plato

“If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it.”–Ronnie Lott

“I’ve learned that you can’t slack off and think you’re going to become great. You have to work hard, have faith and have the love for the game.”

“The tongue like a sharp knife. It kills without drawing blood.” ~ Buddha

“Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.” ~ Buddha

“To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life. Foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.” ~ Buddha

“Be a lamp for yourselves. Be your own refuge. Seek for no other. All things must pass. Strive on diligently. Don’t give up.” ~ Buddha

“There is no fire like passion. There is no shark like hatred. There is no snare like folly. There is no torrent like greed.” ~ Buddha

“Nothing is forever except change.” ~ Buddha

“You don’t always get what you wish for; you get what you work for.”

“The best athlete is made during the off season.”

“You find that you have peace of mind when you know that it was a 100% effort that you gave, win or lose.”–Gordie Howe

“Respect all…Fear none.”

“God let me accept the things I can’t change, courage to change things I can & the wisdom to know the difference.”

“Don’t be afraid of failure. This is the way to succeed.”

“Love is playing every game as if it’s your last.”–Michael Jordan

“Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way.”–Satchel Paige

“Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts.”–Steve Prefontaine

“Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it.”–Ted Williams

“One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it.”–Knute Rockne

Pursue Your Goals Relentlessly.

Pursue Your Goals Relentlessly.

“Adversity is another way to measure the greatness of individuals. I never had a crisis that didn’t make me stronger.”–Lou Holtz

“You don’t win a battle being on defense. You win with a strategy that identifies an opponents weaknesses and then you attack, attack, attack until you defeat the opponent.”

“It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get back up.”–Vince Lombardi

“It’s easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you’re a winner, when you’re number one. What you got to have is faith and discipline when you’re not a winner.”–Vince Lombardi

“The integrity of the game is everything.”–Peter Ueberroth

“Sports do not build character. They reveal it.”– Heywood Broun

“Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence.”– George F. Will

“When my time on earth is gone, and my activities here are past, I want them to bury me upside down, and my critics can kiss my ass”–Bob Knight

“Winners never quit and quitters never win.”– Vince Lombardi

“Winning means you’re willing to go longer, work harder, and give more than anyone else.”–Vince Lombardi

“Winners don’t wait for chances, they take them.”

“There is no glory in practice, but without practice, there is no glory; practice makes perfect.”

“You and your opponent want the same thing. The only thing that matters is who works the hardest for it.”

“The hardest thing about exercise is to start doing it. Once you are doing exercise regularly, the hardest thing is to stop it.”–Erin Gray

“The one that works the hardest comes out on top.”–Debbie Meyer

“Sometimes the biggest problem is in your head. You’ve got to believe.”–Jack Nicklaus

“Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them — a desire, a dream, and a vision.”–Muhammad Ali

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”–Muhammad Ali

“Show me a guy who’s afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat.”–Lou Brock