Quotes

You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.

Michael Jordan

 

I’ve leanred that your mind can amaze your body, if you just keep telling yourself, I can do it…I can do it…I can do it.

Jon Erickson

 

Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.

Babe Ruth

 

My mother taught me very early to believe I could achieve any accomplishment I wanted to. The first was to walk without braces.

Wilma Rudolph

 

You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.

Wayne Gretzky

 

The person I fear most in the last two rounds is myself.

Tom Watson

 

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.

Sir Edmund Hillary

 

Show me a guy who’s afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat every time.

Lou Brock

 

If you want to reach a goal, you must ‘see the reaching’ in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal.

Zig Ziglar

 

Visualize the thing you want. See it, feel it, believe in it, make your mental blueprint and begin.

Robert Collier

 

Champions aren’t made in the gym. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision.

Muhammad Ali

 

When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.

Joe Namath

 

Defeat is not defeat unless accepted as a reality in your own mind.

Bruce Lee

 

My motto was to always keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.

Hank Aaron

 

Sometimes the biggest problem is in your head. You’ve got to believe you can play a shot instead of wondering where your next bad shot is coming from.

Jack Nicklaus

 

I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot… when you think about the consequences you always think of a negative result.

Michael Jordan

 

Concentration is the ability to think about absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary.

Ray Knight

 

If you have fun, it changes all the pressure into pleasure.

Ken Griffey, R

 

Slowing it all down and analyzing our mental approach is a surprisingly effective way of becoming a better player.

Jim Abbott

 

Extraordinary performances come out of a process of continuous, regular physical and mental practice. The mindset of an extraordinary athlete is relaxed but focused and open to even higher achievements.

Chungliang Al Huang

 

I wish I could say someone taught me my mental toughness, it would have been a lot less painful.

Kurt Warner

 

You have to train your mind like you train your body.

Bruce Jenner

 

The mind messes up more shots than the body.

Tommy Bolt

 

The whole idea is to get an edge. Sometimes it takes just a little extra something to get that edge, but you have to have it.

Don Shula

 

The most important part of a player’s body is above his shoulders.

Ty Cobb

 

The most important attribute a player must have is mental toughness.

Mia Hamm

 

Mentally I try to stay at a medium level, not too high or too low.

Todd Zelle

 

What has benefited me the most is learning I can’t control what happens outside of my pitching.

Greg Maddox

 

I worked very hard. I felt I could play the game. The only thing that could stop me was myself.

Jim Abbot

 

This ability to conquer oneself is no doubt the most precious of all things sports bestow.

Olga Korbut

 

It’s important to look at yourself and identify your gremlins. In sports, as in life, the first step to success is getting out of our own way.

Mind Gym

 

Really, it comes down to your philosophy. Do you want to play it safe and be good, or do you want to take a chance and be great?

Jimmy Johnson

 

The bottom line is, you can’t be afraid to fail.

Jerry Colangelo

 

The greatest efforts in sports come when the mind is as still as a glass lake.

Timothy Gallwey

 

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…

Timothy Gallwey

 

For me, winning isn’t something that happens suddenly on the field when the whistle blows and the crowds roar. Winning is something that builds physically and mentally every day that you train and every night that you dream.

Emmitt Smith

 

Once you’re beat mentally, you might was well not even go to the starting line.

Todd Williams

 

An athlete must believe they can and will make every shot. Stop every opponent. That’s not always going to happen. That doesn’t matter. What does matter is that they believe they can. Believing in themself is never wrong.

Dr. Pete Temple

 

Choking is about thinking too much. Panic is about thinking too little. Choking is about loss of instinct. Panic is reversion to instinct. They may look the same, but they are worlds apart.

Malcolm Gladwell

 

Every great player has learned the two Cs: how to concentrate and how to maintain composure.

Byron Nelson

 

Once you’re physically capable of winning a gold medal, the rest is 90 percent mental.

Patti Johnson

 

If you aren’t playing well, the game isn’t as much fun. When that happens, I tell myself just to go out and play the game as I did when I was a kid.

Tom Watson

 

The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.

Vince Lombardi