Motivational Monday: 20 Quotes to Provide Inspiration and Help You Through Tough Times

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Motivational Monday: 20 Quotes to Provide Inspiration and Help You Through Tough Times

In the sport of swimming, setbacks are inevitable. We miss qualifying times, fail to hit that personal best we were aiming for, and have bad days at practice. There’s no question that these things will happen to all of us at some point in our careers. The real question is: How do we react to these situations?

It’s not easy to simply keep working hard and hope that it will all pay off. Sometimes, we need to search for outside sources of motivation to keep us going. It is in these times that we can rely on a bank of inspirational quotes.

Ward Fansworth, dean of the University of Texas School of Law, provides insight behind the science of words. He says that we have an “appetite for well-expressed wisdom, motivation or otherwise.” This statement explains why inspirational quotes can have such moving effects on us.

If you ever find yourself in need of a little extra motivation, try reading some inspirational quotes. To start, here are 20 of my personal favorites for this installment of Motivational Monday.

“Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your two ears.” -Laird Hamilton

“There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work…there are no limits.” -Michael Phelps

“Never say never. Because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.” -Michael Jordan

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

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘don’t quit, suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion’.” -Muhammad Ali

“Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.” -Marv Levy

“If you fail to prepare, you’ve prepared to fail.” -Mark Spitz

“Believe me; the reward is not so great without the struggle.” -Wilma Rudolph

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

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

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.” -Archie Griffin

“Don’t fear failure. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.” -Bruce Lee

“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” -Thomas Paine

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

“The biggest thing that I’ve always said is never give up. I never have, and nobody ever should. If they want something bad enough, they’ll get it.” -Michael Phelps

“Pain is temporary, pride is forever.” -Alexander Popov

“Only he who sees the invisible can do the impossible.” -Frank L. Gaines

“When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge.” -Terry Bradshaw

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

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

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