Quotes, Quotes, Quotes

I have found there is never a set-and-forget cheat for motivation. Quotes that motivated me yesterday may not do it today. Certainly last year’s inspiration does not inspire much today. So today, I wanted to share 150 quotes to inspire you.

Pick some, bookmark this LIFEies, and come back to it over time. Change it up. Get fired up and stay motivated….for a while. Here are a few that hit me today as I typed this LIFEies:

143. “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” — Abraham Lincoln

144. “I already know what giving up feels like. I want to see what happens if I don’t.”

145. “You don’t find willpower. You create it.”

146. “Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No excuses.” — Kobe Bryant


Rule # 7    from my book The Fantastic Life: Be Value Driven
Sometimes, it’s not enough to sit around waiting for inspiration to strike. You need to seek out your motivation, reexamine your values and hit the refresh button.

150 Motivating Quotes to Get You Through Your Toughest Workouts

By: Tony Lu | Published on December 22, 2021

Sometimes when we work hard, we need that extra bit of motivation to help us get through the tough times.

Sometimes, a quick motivating quote can make a world of a difference and really help us dig deep into our workouts.

And not only just our workouts, but really any part of life that’s challenging to get through.

Whether you decide to read your quotes in the morning after waking up, keep them in the back of your head or write them down somewhere that you can easily find them, you won’t need much more workout motivation after reading these 150 favorite quotes we’ve compiled for you.

Without further ado, let’s get right into the list!

The Top 150 Workout Quotes to Push Hard in Your Training

1. “Don’t count the days. Make the days count.” — Muhammad Ali

2. “The worst thing I can be is the same as everybody else.” — Arnold Schwarzenegger

3. “Don’t be afraid of failure. This is the way to succeed.” — Lebron James

4. “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”

– Michael Jordan

5. “Potential is not a limitation. It’s a goal.”

6. “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.” — Henry Ford

7. “The sky has no limits. Neither should you.” — Usain Bolt

8. “Success is what comes after your stop making excuses.” — Luis Galarza

9. “If something stands between you and your success, move it. Never be denied.”

– Dwayne Johnson

10. “Work hard in silence. Let your success make the noise.”

11. “No matter how good you get, you can always get better. That’s the exciting part.”

– Tiger Woods

12. “If you want to be the best, you have to do things that other people aren’t willing to do.”

– Michael Phelps

13. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” — Nelson Mandela

14. “I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.” — Elon Musk

15. “Push yourself. No one else can do it for you.”

16. “I found something I love… and never gave up.” — Michael Phelps

17. “I could either watch it happen or be a part of it.” — Elon Musk

18. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit.” — Aristotle

19. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” — Wayne Gretzky

20. “Excuses don’t get you there. Exercise does.”

21. “Nothing will work unless you do.” — Maya Angelou

22. “Pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever.” — Lance Armstrong

23. “We cannot start over. But we can begin now and make a new ending. — Zig Ziglar.

24. “Learn as if you live forever, live as if you die tomorrow.” — Mahatma Gandhi

25. “You may not be there yet, but you’re closer than you were yesterday.”

26. “Success usually comes to those who are too busy looking for it.” — Henry David Thoreau

27. “I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” — Estée Lauder

28. “He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.” — Confucius

29. “A successful man is the one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” — David Brinkley

30. “Be somebody that nobody thought you could be.”

31. “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” — Walt Disney

32. “The secret to getting ahead is getting started.” — Mark Twain

33. “Go the extra mile, there’s no one on it.” — Grant Cardone

34. “It is never too late to be what you could have been.” — George Eliot

35. “If you quit, they’ll be right.

36. “Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” — Og Mandino

37. “Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.” — Chris Gosser

38. “Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.” — Pablo Picasso

39. “He that can have patience can have what he will.” — Benjamin Franklin

40. “Believe you’re born to achieve great things.”

41. “What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

42. “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” — Stephen Covey

43. “Hustle beats talent when talent doesn’t hustle.” — Ross Simmonds

44. “The clock is ticking. Are you becoming the person you want to be?” — Greg Plitt

45. “Doing a little every day adds up to BIG results.”

46. “There’s no secret formula. I lift heavy, work hard and aim to be the best.” — Ronnie Coleman

47. “If you don’t find the time, if you don’t do the work, you don’t get the results.” — Arnold Schwarzenegger

48. “Motivation is what get you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” — Jim Ryun

49. “Do something today that your future self will thank you for.” — Sean Patrick Flanery

50. “It’s a slow process, but quitting won’t speed it up.”

51. “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” — Jerry Dunn

52. “When you are not practising, someone else is getting better.” — Allen Iverson

53. “If you do not believe in yourself, no one will do it for you.” — Kobe Bryant

54. “Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.” — Rock Balboa

55. “Turn the pain into power.”

56. “The only discipline that lasts is self discipline.” — Bum Philips

57. “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

58. “I don’t count my sit ups. I only start counting when starts hurting because they’re the only ones that count.” — Muhammad Ali

59. “Push harder than yesterday if you want a different tomorrow.” — Norm Kelly

60. “You may see me struggle, but you will never see me quit.”

61. “Your body can stand almost anything. It’s your mind that you have to convince.”

– Andrew Murphy

62. “You can either suffer the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.” — Jim Rohn

63. “Don’t limit your challenges. Challenge your limits.” — Jerry Dunn

64. “Change is never easy, but always possible.” — Barack Obama

65. “One day, or day one. You decide.”

66. “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” — Babe Ruth

67. “Impossible is just an opinion.” — Paulo Coelho

68. “People who wonder if the glass if half empty or full miss the point. The glass is refillable.” — Simon Sinek

69. “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” — Jim Ryun

70. “The real workout starts when you want to stop.”

71. “Greatness only comes before hustle in the dictionary.” — Ross Simmonds

72. “Without hustle, talent will only carry you so far.” — Gary Vaynerchuk

73. “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

74. “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” — Suzy Kassem

75. “Sore today, strong tomorrow.”

76. “When someone says you can’t do it, do it twice and take pictures.” — Tami Xiang

77. “Sunshine all the time makes a desert.” — Arabic Proverb

78. “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” — Steve Martin

79. “Twenty years from now you’ll be more disappointed by the things you did not do than the ones you did.” — Mark Twain

80. “Build a strong mindset, the body will follow.”

81. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” — Ayn Rand

82. “I can and I will. Watch me.” — Carrie Green

83. “A surplus of effort could overcome a deficit of confidence.” — Sonia Sotomayer

84. “If your dreams don’t scare you, they are too small.” — Richard Branson

85. “The only bad workout is the one that didn’t happen.”

86. “Today is your opportunity to build the tomorrow you want.” — Ken Poirot

87. “A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.” — Richard Nixon

88. “Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” — Sam Levenson

89. “Falling down is how we grow. Staying down is how we die.” — Brian Vaszily

90. “You’re closer than you were yesterday. Keep going!”

91. “If there is no wind, row.” — Latin Proverb

92. “Don’t dream of winning. Train for it!” — Mo Farah

93. “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” — Jim Rohn

94. “If you’re going through hell keep going.” — Winston Churchill

95. “Once you see results, it becomes an addiction.”

96. “Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No excuses.” — Kobe Bryant

97. “No masterpiece was ever created by a lazy artist.” — Salvador Dalí

98. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” — Thomas Jefferson

99. “The moment you give up, is the moment you let someone else win.” — Kobe Bryant

100. “Be the best project you’ve ever worked on.”

101. “Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No excuses.” — Kobe Bryant

102. “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.” — Jim Rohn

103. “Excellence is a continuous process, not an accident.” — Abdul Kalam

104. “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” — Aristotle

105. “You don’t find willpower. You create it.”

111. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” — Thomas Edison

112. “You will face many defeats in life, but never let yourself be defeated.” — Maya Angelou

113. “Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.” — Oscar Wilde

114. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” — Mae West

110. “Don’t stop until you’re proud.”

111. “There are no secrets to success. It is a result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” — Colin Powell

112. “If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” — Steve Jobs

113. “Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.” — Vince Lombardi

114. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” — Confucius

115. “Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.”

116. “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” — Napoleon Hill

117. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” — Henry Ford

118. “Look in the mirror. That’s your competition.” — John Assaraf

119. “Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions.” — Dalai Lama

120. “The best views come after the hardest climb.”

121. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” — Theodore Roosevelt

122. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” — George Addair

123. “We generate fears while we it. We overcome them by action.” — Dr. Henry Link

124. “Today’s accomplishments were yesterday’s impossibilities.” — Robert H. Schuller

125. “It doesn’t get easier, you just get stronger.”

126. “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” — Michael Altschuler

127. “If you’re afraid of failure, you don’t deserve success.” — Nastia Liukin

128. “You make your own luck. You make it in training” — Simone Biles

129. “Champions keep playing until they get it right.” — Billy Jean King

130. “I’m working on myself, for myself, by myself.”

131. “I learned a long time ago that there is something worse than missing a goal, and that’s not pulling the trigger.” — Mia Hamm

132. “Unless you puke, faint, or die, keep going.” — Jillian Michaels

133. “Energy and persistence conquer all things.” — Benjamin Franklin

134. “I already know what giving up feels like. I want to see what happens if I don’t.”

– Neila Rey

135. “Challenging yourself everyday is one of the most exciting ways to live.”

136. “You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.”

– Bob Marley

137. “Hustle for that muscle.” — Tatianaamico

138. “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” — Michael Altschuler

139. “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” — Karen Lamb

140. ‘Train insane or remain the same.”

141. “A healthy body owns a healthy mind.” — Amit Kalantri

142. “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” — Earl Nightingale

143. “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” — Abraham Lincoln

144. “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” — Michael Altschuler

145. “Don’t wish for a good body, work for it.”

146. “When it is obvious that goals can’t be reached, don’t adjust the goals, but adjust the action steps.” — Confucius

147. “Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.” — George Halas

148. “If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” — Dolly Parton

149. “My misson in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive.” — Maya Angelou

150. “Some people live 90 years, others live 1 year 90 times.”

And there you have it! A complete list of our 150 favorite motivational quotes to help you get through your toughest workouts.

Save a couple of these! Write them down and refer to your favorite ones when you’re in need of a little extra push to get to the end of your training session!

Many of these quotes can be applied to everyday life as well, outside of the gym where times can be equally tough (and are often tougher!)

We hope you found this post helpful and were able to take something away from it.

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