The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when no one else is watching – Anson Dorrance observing Mia Hamm training on her own
Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen. - Michael Jordan
Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it. - Mia Hamm
I always wanted to be better than I was the day before – Mia Hamm
The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work – Vince Lombardi
Don’t measure yourself by what you’ve accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with you ability – John Wooden
A champion is someone who trains when no one is watching – Carin Jennings Gabarra (91 World Champion and 96 Olympic Gold Medalist)
No great performance ever came from holding back – Don Greene
When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and the time that the tide will turn. – Harriet Beecher Stowe
When you come off that field, you are judged. Whether you think you are or not, you are judged. Have you proved yourself and can leave the field with pride based upon what you gave the audience to remember you by? - Anon
Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly. – Stephen R. Covey
Many of our fears are tissue paper thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them. -- Brendan Francis
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in times of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. - Martin Luther King Jr.
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. -- Helen Keller
The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials. -- Chinese proverb
“Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” – Babe Ruth
Whatever you can do, or dream you can, BEGIN IT. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. – Goethe
It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."
"Citizenship in a Republic,"
Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are we not to be? Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won’t feel secure around you…It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same… - Marianne Williamson