Motivational Quotes P – Z

Playing against oneself

‘You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy.’ – Arthur Ashe

Process vs. Results

‘You cannot control the results, only your actions.’ – Allan Lokos

‘Concentrate on what will produce the results rather than on the results, the process rather than the prize.’ – Bill Walsh

‘I think so many times we focus so much on just the end result; when we finally reach the point we realize that was never the true goal. That was never really what it was all about.’ – Apolo Ohno

‘The result is an impostor in football. You can do things really, really well but not win. There’s something greater than the result, more lasting: the legacy.’ – Xavi

‘It’s all about the journey, not the outcome.’ – Carl Lewis

‘You have to focus on the process. You cannot be glued to the results.’ – Ivan Lendl

‘What people tend to forget is the journey that I had getting to Formula One. There were plenty of years where I had to learn about losing and having bad races.’ – Lewis Hamilton

‘I judge my team by the intentions, not by the result.’ – Pep Guardiola


‘Always look to learn. Learning something new is a great feeling. The feeling of progress.’ – Conor McGregor

‘No matter how good you get you can always get better, and that’s the exciting part.’ – Tiger Woods

‘Everything is practice.’ – Pelé

‘Don’t measure yourself for what you have accomplished, but for what you should have achieved with your ability.’ – John Wooden


‘I really think a champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall.’ – Serena Williams

‘It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.’ – Muhammad Ali


‘If you’re lucky enough to be different don’t ever change.’ – Khoudia Diop

‘To wish you were someone else is to waste the person you are.’ – Sven Goran Eriksson

‘If you do not believe in yourself no one will do it for you.’ – Kobe Bryant

‘I don’t aspire to be like other drivers – I aspire to be unique in my own way.’ – Lewis Hamilton

‘You have to believe in yourself when no one else does.’ – Serena Williams

‘Am I the greatest? I don’t know. I’m the greatest that I can be.’ – Serena Williams

‘Try not to get lost in comparing yourself to others. Discover your gifts and let them shine!’ – Jennie Finch

‘I make my weaknesses my strengths and my strengths stronger.’ – Lisa Fernández

‘Never assume greatness is for someone else. Imagine every day that you too can do great things. Have the courage to take the challenge, make the mistakes, and move forward.’ – Brandi Chastain

‘When I look around, I always learn something: to be always yourself, and to express yourself, to have faith in yourself. Do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.’ – Bruce Lee

‘I am just trying to be myself. I’m not trying to be anyone else.’ – Conor McGregor

‘We are all of us, unique – each a unique pattern of creativity and if we do not fulfil it, it is lost for all time.’ – Martha Graham


‘Failure is success in progress.’ – Albert Einstein

‘Success doesn’t lie in “results” but in “efforts”, being the best is not important. “Doing” the best is all that matters.’ – Albert Einstein

‘It is more difficult to stay on top than to get there.’ – Mia Hamm

‘The only way to do great work is to love what you do.’ – Steve Jobs

‘To be part of the 1% you must do what 99% does not do.’ – Bruce Lee

‘The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.’ – Pierre de Coubertin

‘You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.’ – Oprah Winfrey

‘You might not make it to the top, but if you are doing what you love, there is much more happiness there than being rich or famous.’ – Tony Hawk

‘If you want to experience all of the success and pleasure in life, you have to be willing to accept the pain and failure that comes with it.’ – Mat Hoffman

‘The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you’re very courageous: be strong, be extremely kind, and above all be humble.’ – Serena Williams

‘Luck has nothing to do with it, because I have spent many, many hours, countless hours, on the court working for my one moment in time, not knowing when it would come.’ – Serena Williams

‘Success isn’t how far you got, but the distance you travelled from where you started.’
– Steve Prefontaine

‘Don’t dream of winning, train for it.’ – Mohamed Farah


‘Not even a golden ball is worth as much as the esteem of your own teammates.’ – Vicente del Bosque

‘When I retire, the only thing that concerns me is that no one can say that I was a bad team-mate or disrespectful or self-important.’ – Fernando Torres

‘Talent wins games; teamwork and intelligence wins championships.’ – Michael Jordan 

‘Don’t ask what your colleagues can do for you. Ask what you can do for them.’ – Magic Johnson

‘The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.’ – Phil Jackson


‘I am a big believer in visualization. I run through my races mentally so that I feel even more prepared.’ – Allyson Felix


‘My main goal is to stay healthy because when you’re injured you realise how lucky you are to have your health.’ – Maria Sharapova


‘You’re not always going to win because life isn’t about that.’ – Bobby Orr


‘Nothing good ever comes from worrying or sitting there feeling sorry for yourself… keep positive and keep pushing on and things will turn good.’ – Conor McGregor

‘Worrying gets you nowhere. If you turn up worrying about how you’re going to perform, you’ve already lost. Train hard, turn up, run your best and the rest will take care of itself.’ – Usain Bolt

‘I never worry about the problem. I worry about the solution.’ – Shaquille O’Neal

‘I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.’ – Mark Twain

‘Instead of worrying, concentrate on doing the best job you’ve ever done in your life.’ – Jim Rohn

These quotes have been compiled from various sources and time periods. In compiling the quotes the author has made every reasonable effort to correctly attribute each citation to the original author. Despite all attempts made to verify the information provided, the author assumes no responsibility for errors, omissions or contradictory interpretations.