Elite Sports Champions Motivational Quotes

Greatest Players and Winners

"Before every shot, I go to the movies"
Jack Nicklaus - Golf


"It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.
Muhammad Ali - Boxing


“I used a lot of visualisation in terms of who I would be guarding and who would be guarding me. When I was walking down the street for, say, lunch, I’d imagine those individuals in front of me. I’d imagine going around them.
Isaiah Thomas - Basketball


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Quieting your mind and allowing your instincts to take over during performance is one of the most effective ways of accessing the mental state known as The Zone.
Craig Townsend - mental trainer


You live during the match, and you have strong emotions, but you dont want to get too overexcited. My body's totally flat now. I cannot move anymore. I am totally exhausted, just because of the tension out there.
Roger Federer - Tennis


Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.
Babe Ruth - Baseball


"Often I visualize a quicker, like almost a ghost runner, ahead of me with a quicker stride. It's really crazy. In races, this always happens to me. I see the vision of a runner ahead of me, maybe just 15, 20 meters ahead of me, and the cadence of that runner, which is actually me in the future, is a little quicker, so if I am going (his rhythm/breathing), then my ghost runner, the vision of me, ahead of me, like opening up and just going for it, is quicker".
Gabe Jennings - Running


“I have a system of ridding my mind of negative thoughts. “I visualize myself writing them down on a piece of paper. Then I imagine myself crumpling up the paper, lighting it on fire, and burning it to a crisp'.
Bruce Lee Martial - Arts


"Some guys need to see things on a grease board, ... I like when you can see it in your mind. And that's what Marvin does, too. He visualizes. He sees things in his mind so well."
Peyton Manning - American Football

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Two things help me be a winner. One is I try to stay on an even keel. I dont get too high or too low. Two is I do a lot of visualisation. I never see a bad pitch. I always see a good one.
Ila Borders, first woman starting pitcher in a men's professional baseball. - Baseball / Batting / Pitching


When I go to the press conference before the game, in my mind the game has already started.
Jose Mourinho - Soccer


"I have been visualizing myself every night for the past four years standing on the podium having the gold placed around my neck."
Megan Quann - Swimming


"Visualisation is something I use to calm my nerves. I did something like that before, but when I came to Oregon State they really helped me hone in on those skills of actually picturing the bar routine, the movement and think the exact same thoughts you would be doing it. That makes me more prepared and confident when I compete."
Makayla Stambaugh - Gymnastics


"When I’d get tired and want to stop, I’d wonder what my next opponent was doing. I’d wonder if he was still working out. I tried to visualize him. When I could see him still working, I’d start pushing myself. When I could see him in the shower, I’d push myself harder".
Dan Gable


I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been.
Wayne Gretzky Ice Hockey


People ask me ..what was going through your mind in the race?.. and I dont know. I try and ...let my body do what it knows.
Ian Thorpe


There is no room in your mind for negative thoughts. The busier you keep yourself with the particulars of shot assessment and execution, the less chance your mind has to dwell on the emotional. This is sheer intensity.
Jack Nicklaus


I play with a fear of letting my team down. That's what motivates me.
Jonny Wilkinson - Rugby


Every kid around the world who plays soccer wants to be Pele. I have a great responsibility to show them not just how to be like a soccer player, but how to be like a man.


Doctors and scientists said that breaking the four-minute mile was impossible, that one would die in the attempt. Thus, when I got up from the track after collapsing at the finish line, I figured I was dead.
Roger Bannister


The pitcher has got only a ball. I've got a bat. So the percentage of weapons is in my favor and I let the fellow with the ball do the fretting.
Hank Aaron


I'll let the racket do the talking.
John McEnroe


Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision.
Muhammad Ali


An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.
Emil Zatopek


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


"Visualisation lets you concentrate on all the positive aspects of your game."
Curtis Strange on golf visualisation


I had a clear vision of myself winning the Mr. Universe contest. It was a very spiritual thing, in a way, because I had such faith in the route, the path, that there was never a question in my mind that I would make it.
Arnold Schwarzenegger


The man who has no imagination has no wings.
Muhammad Ali


It is not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters.
Evander Holyfield


We've got this thing called a wolf pack. Our saying is "the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is his pack. Join the pack".
Willie Loane


The time your game is most vulnerable is when you're ahead, never let up.
Rod Laver


I can beat anyone, either male, female, animal, vegitable, or mineral.
Jim Cornette


I was so surprised. Then again, I was so relaxed in the water, it felt amazing.
Pieter van den Hoogenband


The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be
Bruce Lee


"If you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always got"
Mark Twain