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One Quote Every Athlete Should Live By

Lintao Zhang / Staff

There are a lot of things that go into athletes being successful. Yes, training and execution are vitally important; however, having confidence in your ability is arguably more important.

As an athlete, you can be at the peak of your game physically, but if you are not at the peak of your game mentally and emotionally, it can still be extremely hard to execute to the best of your potential. This is why working to build your confidence and the confidence of others on your team is an essential skill for every athlete to harbor.

One way my coaches encourage my teammates and I to do this is to practice speaking things into existence. Before the start of a big equestrian competition, once we know who we are riding and competing against, we work on speaking positive thoughts only. Instead of wondering what could go wrong, we try and picture everything that can go right. This isn’t to say that this will result in every competition going the way we would like; however, it does gives us the best possibility of being mentally capable of being successful. 

Another way I, personally, work on staying positive in such a subjective sport is by reading motivational quotes every once in a while. I know this is extremely “cheesy” of me, but I have noticed that sometimes I take words more seriously if they come from someone or somewhere out of my comfort zone. I love being pumped up by my teammates, but hearing encouraging words from a different perspective doesn’t ever hurt.

One of the most influential quotes I have read this year was spoken into existence from one of my favorite actresses and activists, Sophia Bush. Not only did Bush star in one of my favorite T.V. shows One Tree Hill (if you haven’t watched it, do it right now, you will NOT be disappointed), but she also uses her professional platform to raise awareness on issues affecting people around the world, including Pencils of Promise and Time’s Up. Bush once said, “You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress, simultaneously.” 

'You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress, simultaneously.'

This quote has really helped me progress in my athletic career because it reminds me that one bad practice, or one bad competition, is not the end of the world. As athletes, we constantly put pressure on ourselves to be the best of the best, and rarely allow ourselves to see mistakes not as failures but as areas we can improve.

So, if you are an athlete looking for new ways to inspire yourself and your teammates to build confidence, let Sophia Bush’s words influence you. And, if these words don’t help you as they help me, try to find your own! I promise it will help more than you think. 

And here are a few places for athletes to find even more motivation:
Jumpstart Your Day
Quotes from Sports Legends
Apollo Creed
Quotes for Final Exams or Presentations
Sports Movies
Videos that will Motivate You
Quotes from The Office on Student-Athlete Life
USWNT
Songs to Pump You Up