Words of Motivation

The other day as I was scrolling through Facebook, Active.com had a post about 20 motivational quotes to get you moving.  You can read the entire article here. I love a good quote. So, I thought I’d post some of my favorites from the article and then include a couple of my personal favorites that I’ve found elsewhere.

“A lot of times people look at the negative  side of what they feel they can’t do. I always  look on the positive  side of what I can do.” – Chuck Norris, martial artist & actor

“It’s never too late — never too late to start over, never too late to be happy.” – Jane Fonda, fitness personality, fashion model & actress

“Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger, actor, politician & professional bodybuilder

“Don’t say ‘I can’t.’ Say ‘I presently struggle with.'” – Tony Horton, creator of the P90X workout program.

“The body only profits a little from exercising, but the spirit profits a lot.” – Billy Blanks, creator of the Tae Bo fitness system

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” – Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement

“If you have a body, you are an athlete.” – Bill Bowerman, former University of Oregon track & field coach

“It’s not whether you get knocked down. It’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi, legendary professional football coach

“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan, six-time NBA Champion

“With drive and a bit of talent, you can move mountains.” – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, actor & former professional wrestler


Now, here are some of my personal favorites:

“I am stronger than this challenge, and this challenge is making me even stronger.” – Unknown (tattooed on my arm)

“…Your biggest challenge isn’t someone else. It’s the ache in your lungs and the burning in your legs, and the voice inside you that yells ‘CAN’T’, but you don’t listen. You just push  harder. And then you hear the voice whisper ‘can’. And you discover that the person you thought you were is no match for the one you really are.”

And last but not least…

“You ain’t gonna believe this, but you used to fit right here (taps on the inside of his hand). I’d hold you up to say to your mother, ‘This kid’s gonna be the best kid in the world. This kid’s gonna be somebody better than anybody I ever knew.’ And you grew up good and wonderful. It was great just watching you, every day was like a privilege. Then the time come for you to be your own man and take on the world, and you did. But somewhere along the line, you changed. You stopped being you. You let people stick a finger in your face and tell you you’re no good. And when things got hard, you started looking for something to blame, like a big shadow. Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that! I’m always gonna love you no matter what. No matter what happens. You’re my son and you’re my blood. You’re the best thing in my life. But until you start believing in yourself, ya ain’t gonna have a life. Don’t forget to visit your mother.” – Rocky Balboa

Do you have any favorite motivational quotes you’d like to share?