7 Quotes From Athletes For When The Going Gets Tough

Here at Inspyr, we know that the journey is so much more important than the destination. Wherever your journey is leading you, there will always be bumps in the road. Nothing worth fighting for ever comes easy, after all. But every step you take on your journey is one step closer to your destination. So, when the going gets tough, you can either turn around and walk home, or you can move one step closer to your goals.

We believe in the power of inspiring words, which is why our inspirational socks have core values and beliefs on them. But, there’s only so much we can put on a sock. That’s why in today’s blog, we’re taking the time to share a handful of our favorite motivational quotes from athletes who inspire us to keep getting better.

"Champions keep playing until they get it right." - Billie Jean King

Champions don’t win the first time they compete. They analyze their performance, decide what needs to be better, and implement the new strategy the next time.

“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

Just like we said earlier. When the going gets tough, you can go back or you can go forward. An obstacle will slow you down, and that’s fine. But never let it stop you.

"A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever." - Mary Lou Retton

You can play to win, or you can win by playing. Sure, winning a game or beasting that Crossfit competition feels amazing and requires a lot of hard work. But at the end of the day, that trophy or medal you won is going to serve only as a reminder of the journey it took to get there.

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan is consistently touted as the best basketball player in history, but that doesn’t mean he never missed a shot. When you fail, it can seem like that was the worst possible outcome. But before you know it, your successes will outweigh your failures. You can be the best without being perfect.

“There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” – Derek Jeter

If you see someone lifting more than you, hitting more than you, or running faster than you, don’t assume that you can’t do the same because you’re not talented enough or strong enough. You don’t fail when someone is better than you at something, you fail when they try harder than you.

"Courage doesn't mean you don't get afraid. Courage means you don't let fear stop you." -- Bethany Hamilton

Everyone is afraid sometimes. Don’t let the fear of failing stop you from trying to succeed anyways. Look your fear in the eye, recognize it, and walk past it.

“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.” – Muhammad Ali

Sometimes success comes down to having the right foundation. If there’s a pebble in your shoe, you can try to climb the mountain, but it’s going to be a lot harder than if you stop to remove the pebble. So, ask yourself this: What’s my pebble? Are you skipping practice yet trying to compete in the game? Are you focused more on making the shot than your form? Start with the right foundation and the path to success will open up.

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