Believe In Yourself
To be really good at anything, you’ve got to go over the top. Success seldom comes from moderation.
Practice Makes Permanent
"Understanding the cause of failure is important. Understanding the cause of success is far more powerful."
One Pitch At A Time
I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. Thomas Jefferson
Winners thrive on pressure, losers fear it.
We all get 24 hours a day. It’s the only thing that’s equal. It’s up to us as to what we do with those 24 hours.
Practice without improvement is meaningless.
The dictionary is the only place success comes before work
"If you fail to plan, you plan to fail."
When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun and when you have fun, you can do amazing things.
Do you want to excel & distinguish yourself as a Champion, or do you want to live among the average?
It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and THEN do your best.
–W. Edwards Denning
Winners are simply willing to do what losers aren’t.
The Player's Role: Demonstrate a desire to play, a commitment for accomplishing your goals, and a “can do”
“Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude
determines how well you do it.” -- Lou Holtz
"Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God."--Unknown
If you have the ability to play or coach softball ~ don't waste it! Play or coach to the absolute best of your ability.
There are others who would like to be in your shoes, but just don't have the ability or opportunity. Make the most of
"In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing,
and the worst thing you can do is nothing."
Believe in yourself and at least give your best effort. If you take no action because you fear failure, you're doomed
"The best way to predict your future is to create it." --Unknown
Don't wait for a lucky break or hope for something good to happen ~ make your own "luck."
"You must do the thing you think you cannot do." --Eleanor Roosevelt
Make something happen ~ it doesn't take much to get a "big hit" or make a "big play."
"Tough Times Never Last ~ but Tough People Do" ~ Robert H. Schuller
Don’t practice? Don’t dream.
If you don't know where you are going, you will end up somewhere else."
"Today is the first day of the rest of your life."
If you practice “smart,” fewer pitch repetitions re required than if you merely set a fixed number of pitches and go
through the motions with no specific goals in mind.
One of the major objectives of using good pitching mechanics is to maximize the efficiency of energy transferred to
A successful pitcher keeps the leadoff hitter from reaching first base and puts the first pitch over for a strike –
the two most important rules of pitching. Nolan Ryan
Only three or four outs directly affect the outcome of any given game…One of the greatest challenges of
pitching is to recognize these critical situations and rise to the occasion with consistency and a competitive
spirit. Tom Seaver
The artful pitcher must take the inevitable peaks and valleys of pitching in stride and never give in to the
batters or lose sight of his/her own strengths. Tom Seaver
Maintaining concentration depends on what I call tunnel vision; nothing else in the world exists but the
catcher’s target, the hitter and my perfect delivery. Nolan Ryan
It’s not where you start but where you finish.
April Heinrichs, Coach of the US women’s national soccer team
To be successful in anything, a person must always want to be better, not only than your opponent but better than
your last performance. Done correctly, being competitive is a wonderful way to always try to be a better person by
learning from your mistakes and capitalizing on your successes.
Hale Irwin, All-time victory leader on the Senior PGA tour
"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you land among the stars"
I believe I’m one of the best pitchers in the world – I know I am as far as results go. But you can’t live on your
legacy. Every time I step on the mound I have to prove it.
Michele Smith, US Olympic softball team pitcher in 1996 and 2000
The team with the best athletes doesn’t usually win. It’s the team with the athletes who play best together.
Lisa Fernandez, Star softball pitcher & 3-time USA Olympic gold medalist
One of the most awesome things about sports, particularly team sports, is that everything you need to do to be
successful on the playing field carries over directly into life. In a team sport you have to learn how to work
together, to set goals, and then work toward those goals in a productive way. You learn to be responsible and you
learn how to not only depend on others, but also be independent so you can support others.
Sheila Cornell Douty, US Olympic first baseman on 1996 & 2000 gold-medal-winning softball teams
I’m not exceptionally fast or overly powerful. But I have a good work ethic, and I make up for it by using
technique and trying to be smarter.
Dot Richardson, US Olympic softball player on the 1996 and 2000 gold-medal-winning team
If you believe you can, you’re right. If you believe you can’t, you’re right!
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit." Aristotle
Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your
ability. John Wooden
Be quick but don’t hurry. John Wooden
What you do when no one else is looking wil determine how good you’ll be. Anson Dorrance, UNC soccer
―I don’t ever doubt myself. I don’t feel any pressure..I just try to stay calm, follow my game plan and not overthrow.‖
―It’s the old story. You might be able to fool your coaches, or your teammates, or your opponents. But, you can never
fool yourself in anything. I believe that the more critical you are of your own performance—the higher standards you
have—the better you become at what you do.‖ – Don Maynard
―The player who can understand the difference between where he is reasonably trying to go, as opposed to where
others want him to end up, approaches his game from the right direction.‖ The Mental Game of Baseball
―Your concern must be on what you can do to enable yourself to perform to your capabilities.‖ The Mental Game of
The word ―don’t‖ will not get through to the body. The word carries no functional image. The body tends to do what
it hears most clearly; the mind tells the body what it sees most clearly. So thinking about what you don’t want to
happen greatly increases the chance that it will happen.‖ –The Mental Game of Baseball
―The player predicting failure fails‖ –The Mental Game of Baseball
―It’s better to throw a theoretically poorer pitch whole-heartedly, than to throw the so-called right pitch with feeling
of doubt—doubt that’s it’s right, or doubt that you can make it behave well at that moment. You’ve got to feel sure
you’re doing the right thing—sure that you want to throw the pitch you’re going to throw.‖ –Sandy Koufax
―Some pitchers want to be known as the fastest throwers that ever lived. Some want to win 30 games in one season.
Some want to pitch a no-hitter. All I want to do is the best I can, day after day. In other words, I want to prove I am
the best.‖ –Tom Seaver
―You could be the world’s best garbage man, the world’s best model; it don’t matter what you do if you’re the best.‖
―Aim at perfection in everything, even though in most things it is unattainable. However, they who aim at it, and
persevere, will come much nearer to it than those whose laziness and despondency make them give it up as
unattainable.‖ –Lord Chesterfield
―For to keep at the top is harder almost than to get there‖ –Cardinal Gibbons
―To be a star and stay a star, I think you’ve got to have a certain air of arrogance about you, a cockiness, a swagger on
the field that says, ―I can do this and you can’t stop me.‖ I know that I play baseball with this air of arrogance, but I
think it’s lacking in a lot of guys who could have the potential to be stars.‖ –Joe Morgan
―People don’t win because they’re physically stronger. It’s because they’re stronger between the ears.‖ –Alex Shaffer
―You’ve got to have the guts to not be afraid to screw up. The guys who win are the ones who are not afraid to mess
up. And that comes right from the heart.‖ –Fuzzy Zoeller
―You don’t have to be better than everybody else, you just have to be better than you ever thought you could be.‖ –
―Success is doing what it takes in spite of one’s fear.‖ –Johnny Rutherford
―Confidence is everything. If you start second guessing yourself, you’re bound to run into more bad outings‖ –Trevor
Hoffman (Padres Relief Pitcher)
―Regardless of where you’re pitching, regardless of what goes on before or after your game, you still have to be
ready.‖ –Greg Maddux
―The player is responsible for what SHE does, not what the opponent does.‖
Always be prepared to win. That’s what I focus on. Keep working toward perfection.
Willie Davis, Pro Football Hall of Fame member
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.
You have to dream big and go for it. Surround yourself with people who believe in you and ignore those who try to
bring you down. Never give up, no matter what – overcoming obstacles makes you stronger!
Shannon MacMillan, US Olympic and women’s national soccer team star
You don’t win on emotion. You win on execution. Tony Dungy, Head coach of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts
A true champion knows how to overcome doubts and manage those doubts and turn them into motivation.
Misty Hyman, Olympic gold medallist in the 200-meter butterfly at the 2000 Sydney Games
You’ve got to believe you can win. But I believe respect for the fact that you can lose is what you always have to
keep in your mind so that nothing surprises you. Andre Agassi, Winner of all four tennis Grand Slams
I never wanted to be one of those people who looks back and says, “I wonder if…” If I have a goal, I’ll go out and
set forth to achieve it. When something is your passion, it becomes everything. You put everything into it without
hesitation. No questions. No doubts. Nothing to stop you.
Kim Fitchen, Cross-country runner & member of 3 US World relay teams who never seriously ran or competed until
she was 25 years old
My mind is my biggest asset. I expect to win every tournament I play. Tiger Woods, Number-one-ranked golfer in
Some people say I have attitude - maybe I do...but I think you have to. You have to believe in yourself when no one
else does - that makes you a winner right there.
Venus Williams, Winner of the US Open and Wimbledon
Whatever you are, be a good one. Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
I don’t want to give anyone an edge in my mind. Every time I walk out on the court, I have to feel I’m the best so I
can compete well. A lot of times, my chief rival is just me.
Venus Williams, Winner of the US Open and Wimbledon
Confidence is only born out of one thing – demonstrated ability. It is not born of anything else. You cannot dream
up confidence. You cannot fabricate it. You cannot wish it. You have to accomplish it.
Bill Parcells, NFL head coach
My mom would never let us quit. She always taught us the importance of sticking with it, even when times are
tough. We didn’t just hear her, we watched her. I know what to do because she led the way. She showed us that if
you put your mind to it, you can accomplish the world. No matter where you’re from and what you’re up against.
Theo Ratliff, All-star center for the NBA Atlanta Hawks
Single-mindedness. I hate to say it because I don’t think it’s the best thing for developing a person, but the single-
mindedness – just concentrating in the one area – that’s what it takes to be a champion.
Chris Evert, Hall of Fame tennis player
The key is that I control my life; my life doesn’t control me. Gabrielle Reece, Pro beach volleyball player
I am a winner. I just didn’t win today. Greg Norman, Two-time British Open champion
If my dreams can happen to me, your dreams can happen to you. Champions are not made on the track or field;
champions are made by the things you accomplish and the way you use your abilities in everyday life situations.
Bob Beamon, Former world-record long jumper & track coach at Florida Atlantic University
I’d rather have more heart than talent any day. Allen Iverson, NBA
It’s important to know that at the end of the day it’s not the medals you remember. What you remember is the
process – what you learn about yourself by challenging yourself, the experiences you share with other people, the
honesty the training demands – those are things nobody can take away from you whether you finish twelfth or
you’re an Olympic champion.
Silken Laumann, Canadian Olympian who overcame injury to win a bronzes & a silver medal in single sculls rowing
in 1992 & 1996
I don’t think you ever will yourself to win. I think you prepare yourself the best you can, get yourself in the best
mindset you can get in, and go after it. Jack Nicklaus, Six-time winner of the Masters
My mom gave me unconditional support and unfailing love. You can’t get any better than that. That’s why I’ve
never been afraid to lose.
Mike Krzyzewski, Basketball coach of Duke University
A winner will find a way to win. Winners take bad breaks and use them to drive themselves to be that much better.
Quitters take bad breaks and use them as a reason to give up. It’s all a matter of pride.
Nancy Lopez, LPGA Hall of Fame member
I keep telling my kids whether you achieve the goal or not is not the most important thing. Putting yourself in
position to achieve those goals is what’s important.
Steve Scott, American mile record-holder & track coach at Cal State University – San Marcos
Every single day I wake up and commit myself to becoming a better player. Some days it happens, and some days
it doesn’t. Sure, there are games I’m going to dominate and there are going to be games when I struggle. But it
doesn’t mean I give up.
Mia Hamm, One of the all-time greatest women soccer players
To a winner, complacency and overconfidence can be destructive. To losers, desperation and despondency are just
Bill Walsh, Former NFL and college head football coach
You have to be extreme to be exceptional. I couldn’t revel in being number one. I had to get to zero. When my
fitness was at its peak, I was intimidating. I made guys cave in. They’d be dejected in the locker room after
matches, and I’d go out for a run, as if it wasn’t enough. I’d rub it in their faces. I meant to do that.
Jim Courier, Winner of four Grand Slam tennis titles
Set goals for things you can control. In my case, I can’t control the marks from the judges, but I can control how I
train every day, and I can control my performance.
Claire Carver-Dias, Olympian on Canada’s synchronized swimming team
I think competing is more important than winning. There have been a lot of times when I’ve teed it up and I didn’t
win but I felt like I competed. I felt like this was not my day, but I never gave up, and I tried on every shot, and
then next week I’d go get them.
Juli Inkster, LPGA Hall of Fame member
Success shouldn’t be measured by how much you have but by how much you give back.
Danny Villanueva, Chairman of Bastion Capital Corporation & former NFL placekicker
When I’m in a bout and I stop fighting to win and start fighting not to lose, I’m almost guaranteed to lose because
I quit taking chances.
Kelly Williams, US Fencing Association’s 1998 Female Athlete of the Year
It’s not so much what you accomplish in life that really matters, but what you overcome that proves who you are,
what you are, and whether you are a champion.
Johnny Miller, TV golf analyst and former US Open winner
Winning doesn’t always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve ever done before.
Bonnie Blair, Olympic gold medallist in speed skating
A lot of times the expectations of you are so high that no matter what you do you are never going to be able to live
up to those expectations. So you better go out and do the best you can and enjoy it.
John Elway, Former quarterback of the Denver Broncos and Super Bowl MVP
Competition in its best form is a test of self. It has nothing to do with medals. The winner is the person who gets
the most out of themselves.
Al Oerter, Winner of four Olympic gold medals in the discus
I missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take
the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
Michael Jordan, Basketball Legend
Success isn’t winning every time. A lot of different factors go into every race, and you can’t control all of them.
Success means doing as excellent a job as you can on that particular day. The people I admire most aren’t
necessarily the most wonderful athletes. I admire the ones who keep coming back and doing it, time after time.
Aimee Mullins, Double-amputee track star
Winning is great, but it’s the l9ong road to get there that makes it worthwhile.
Stan Smith, Tennis Legend
Pressure bursts pipes. I thank God for giving me peace of mind to overcome pressure. The difference between
winning and losing is when pressure hits.
Evander Holyfield, Heavyweight boxing champion
I drew my strength from fear. Fear of losing. I don’t remember the games I won, only the games I lost.
Boris Becker, 3-time Wimbledon winner and youngest champion ever
I’m afraid of failure, but I think it’s a good thing. If you’re afraid, you’ll do what you can not to fail. You learn
from your failures. Everybody who is successful has failed at some time.
Chris Witty, Olympic gold, silver and bronze medalist in speed skating
You don’t have to be better than everybody else, you just have to be better than you ever thought you could be.
Ken Venturi, US Open golf champion
You can’t depend on other people, you have to run your own race.
Joan Benoit-Samuelson, Winner of the first women’s Olympic marathon in 1984 in Los Angeles
You only fail if you don’t finish the game. If you finish you win. You have to measure what you started out with
by what you overcome.
Mike Webster, NFL Hall of Fame center for the Pittsburgh Steelers
The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else.
Martina Navratilova, Winner of 54 Grand Slam tennis titles
The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more
important than the events.
Vince Lombardi, NFL Hall of Fame coach
You’re going to make mistakes in life. It’s what you do after the mistakes that counts.
Brandi Chastain, World Cup & WUSA soccer star
My coach told me, “Larry, no matter how much you work at it, there’s always someone out there who’s working
just a little harder – if you take 150 practice shots, he’s taking 200.” And that drove me.
Larry Bird, Hall of Fame basketball player for the Boston Celtics
When I stood up there as a pinch hitter, I honestly believed I was the best hitter in the game. That’s the only
attitude to have.
Manny Mota, One of MLB’s best pinch hitters
Have confidence in yourself and don’t let people put you down or make you feel weak or worthless, because the
more they put you down, the more you need to get back up and prove how wrong they are.
Layne Beachley, world champion surfer
I have nothing to prove to anyone. I only play for myself.
Mark Philipoussis, Australian tennis star
My advice is that going to the Olympics and winning a gold medal are great goals, but the real goal should be to be
the best that you can be. Debi Thomas, World champion figure skater and medical doctor
Confidence comes from hard work. It comes from facing different situations and making putts. It comes from
knowing you’ve worked on the right things, so when you get under the gun, you can execute what you’ve
practiced. David Duval, British Open champion
Being gifted intellectually is only a small part of the equation of success. Concentrate on the factors you have
control over: persistence, self-discipline, confidence. Far more failures are due to lack of will than lack of ability
Terry Bradshaw, Hall of Fame NFL quarterback
The ones who are successful are the ones who really want it. You have to have that inner drive otherwise it’s not
going to work out.
Kerri Strug, Olympic fold medalist in gymnastics
You don’t have to win to be a winner. If you give 100 percent, getting yourself mentally and physically prepared to
play the game, if you look in the mirror and can say you give it everything to win, that’s it. You’re not going to win
Duke Snider, Hall of Fame baseball player
Never look where you’re going. Always look where you want to go. Bob Ernst, rowing coach Univ of Washington
Everyone wants to win, but I think winners believe they deserve to win. They’ve made the commitment, they’ve
followed the right path, and they’ve taken the right steps to be successful. Amy Ruley, Basketball coach at North
Dakota State Univ
As soon as you start focusing on the negative you’re dead. Libby Hickman, member of 2000 US Olympic
I hate to lose more than I like to win. I hate to see the happiness on their faces when they beat me!
Jimmy Conners, tennis star and winner of the US Open
Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you’re in
control, they’re in control.
Tom Landry, former head coach of the Dallas Cowboys
It’s always about winning. Anybody who says it doesn’t matter whether you win or lose, is going to lose.
Joe Montana, Hall of Fame NFL quarterback
If you’re not prepared, it’s not pressure you feel, it’s fear. Bruce Bochy, manager of the San Diego Padres
Make it a point to be around those with positive energy – people who want what’s best for you, people who
understand your goals and priorities. Rebecca Lobo, female college basketball Player of the Year in 1995
Happiness is derived from achievement and achievement is derived from overcoming something that at first might
have been difficult. Achievement is a valuable thing in our society and teaches you, as an athlete, that you can
overcome fears and you can push through things that are uncomfortable. Michele Mithcell-Rocha, diving coach
at Univ of Arizona
The only person who can stop you from reaching your goals is you.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee, world record holder in the heptathlon and winner of six Olympic gold medals
We have the misconception that competitiveness means winning at all costs, but that’s not what competition is.
Competition is just doing your best and not giving up. We all face a moment in a race or in a competition in which
we want to give up. We can either give in and not keep pushing, or we can charge forward and work through it.
Lisa Rainsberger, winner of the Boston Marathon
If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all? Joe Namath, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback
I’m not afraid to take a step and if I fall, I fall. I pick myself up and move on. If we can all learn one thing in life,
it’s don’t be afraid to take on something that you believe you’re capable of achieving. Michael Jordan,
Everyone is really afraid of getting out there and not being good. That’s the challenge: To be afraid and know
people are staring at you and know you might not do all that well, but you do it anyway. What singles out the
successful athlete from the ones who never make it past a plateau, it that successful athletes risk failure, even
though they are terrified. Aimee Mullins, double-amputee track star
A lot of people notice when you succeed, but they don’t see what it takes to get there. Dawn Staley, Olympic
I’ve learned not to listen to people who say I can’t do things. If you have heart and determination, anything is
Brian Shay, all-time leading rusher in Div II college football, Emporia State, Kansas
You can accomplish so much with a strong will. Just do your best. No matter what. Don’t let negative thoughts
creep in. don’t talk yourself out of anything. Rebecca Twigg, Olympic cyclist, won silver in 1984 and bronze in
A pitcher never gets me out. I get myself out. That’s no disrespect to the pitcher, but there should be no excuse for
failure. You can’t have an excuse to fail. Mike Piazza, all-star catcher for the New York Mets
I train harder than anyone else in the world. Last year I was supposed to take a month off and I took three days
off because I was afraid somebody out there was training harder. That’s the feeling I go through every day – Am I
not doing what somebody else is doing? Is someone out there training harder than I am? I can’t live with myself
if someone is.
Marion Jones, world-class sprinter and long jumper
Pressure is a word that is misused in our vocabulary. When you start thinking of pressure, it’s because you’ve
started to think of failure.
Tommy Lasorda, former manager of the LA Dodgers and 2000 US Olympic baseball team
I get over bad games right away. Sometimes I’ve let it go even before I’ve left the mound. That quick. Why?
Because it’s over. What can you do about it? Nothing. The only thing you can do is fight if you’re still in the
game. After that you can do nothing.
Mariano Riivera, star relief pitcher for the New York Yankees
I love pushing my body to the limit & seeing how far I can take it before it breaks. Amy Van Dyken, Olympic gold
medalist in swimming
The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. Pat Summitt, Women’s basketball coach at Tennessee, 6-time
If you don’t think like a winner, you’re not going to be a winner. Zak Kustok, former quarterback at Northwestern
You have people telling you how good you are and all of a sudden, you might start believing it and forget what it
takes to be good.
Lou Lamoriello, NHL Devils general manager
You can never meet everyone’s expectations. It’s hard enough to meet your own.
Andrea Jaeger, won her first professional tennis tournament when she was only 14 years old
The one strongest, most important part of my game is that I want to be the best. I won’t accept anything less that
that. My ability to concentrate and work toward hat goal has been my greatest asset.
Jack Nicklaus, winner of 18 major golf championships
A true champion works hard and never loses sight of her dreams.
Dot Richardson, 2-time Olympic gold medalist in softball and orthopedic surgeon
Two things help me be a winner. One is I try to stay on an even keel. I don’t get too high or too low. Two is I do a
lot of visualization. I never see a bad pitch. I always see a good one.
Ila Borders, first women to ever be a starting pitcher in a men’s professional baseball game
Chance favors the prepared mind. Chuck Knox, former NFL head coach
You expect success, you respect failure. Greg Norman, 2-time British Open champion
Sports taught me that I can make a mistake one minute, let it go, and be brilliant the next. Lynn Sherr,
correspondent for ABC’s 20/20
You have to remember that no matter how big your goals or how many you have, there are going to be times when
you miss by a little bit. You have to be realistic and flexible. One reason I have so many smaller goals is that even
if my big goals don’t happen, I’ve still achieved so much along the way, I don’t feel the loss.
Shannon Miller, the most decorated gymnast in US history with 7 Olympic & 9 world championship medals
Sometimes we get so afraid of hitting bad shots (making bad pitches), we don’t let ourselves hit (pitch) good ones.
Butch Harmon, renowned golf instructor
We kept believing in ourselves, and everyone went up to the plate believing they were going to get a hit. We just
battled al the way. It was incredible. We persevered and dug deep. You can tell a champion by how she handles
adversity and we sure had plenty of adversity.
Michele Smith, US Olympic softball pitcher talking about how the 2000 team came back to win the gold medal after
losing 3 straight games
The rewards for those who persevere far exceed the pain that precedes the victory.
Karen Bliss Livingston, elite road racer, captain of the Saturn cycling team
I believe in the philosophy of staying hungry. If you have a dream and it becomes a reality, don’t stay satisfied too
long. Make up a new dream and hunt after that one and turn it into a reality.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, winner of 13 world bodybuilding titles
Reach a little higher today than yesterday. Raise your expectations a little bit more. After all, you're wiser and more
experienced than you were even just a day ago. In fact, you now have more knowledge and more experience than
you've ever had before in your life. Even if yesterday was a total disaster, you've at least learned something from it.
And if yesterday was full of success, you've learned from that as well. The bottom line is that you're more
experienced, more aware of what works and what doesn't work.
So reach higher today than you did yesterday. And resolve to reach even higher tomorrow. As time goes on you're
continually growing and improving, so you might as well take advantage of that.
Reach higher, and you'll attain more. Expect more of yourself, and those expectations will soon become your reality.
Each day provides ample opportunity for improvement. So expect to improve. And you will.
"Don't get complacent. Push yourself out of your comfort zone and set higher standards of achievement for yourself.
Once you've achieved a standard of excellence, never let it rest--push yourself even higher." -- Dave Anderson
"What are the critical success factors of your job? What must you be absolutely, positively excellent at doing to be
successful?" -- Brian Tracy pitching to locations, correctly spinning the ball for each pitch
"Never let the fear of striking out get in your way."
--George Herman "Babe" Ruth
"My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the
field, the only thing to do was keep swinging."
"The minute you start talking about what you're going to do if you lose, you have lost."
"Keep your mind on the things you want and off the things you don't want."
--Hannah Whitall Smith
"I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot... when you think about the consequences you always
think of a negative result."
"We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat."
"I never expect to lose. Even when I'm the underdog, I still prepare a victory speech."
--H. Jackson Browne
"The act of taking the first step is what separates the winners from the losers."
"The day you take complete responsibility for yourself, the day you stop making any excuses, thats the day you
start to the top."
"When you win, nothing hurts."
"If you cannot win, make the one ahead of you break the record."
"You can't be a winner and be afraid to lose."
"Never let defeat have the last word."
"Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, this time more wisely."
"Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing."
"Regardless of what you do put in, every game boils down to doing the things you do best and doing them over
and over again."
"Success demands singleness of purpose."
"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."
"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing."
"Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will all be judged by only one thing - the result."
"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but
rather in a lack of will."
--Vincent T. Lombardi
"The most important key to achieving great success is to decide upon your goal and launch, get started, take
-- John Wooden
"The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital."
"To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing."
"Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."
"I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability, it was my mental ability. "
"Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it."
"Acknowledge that you failed, draw your lessons from it, and use it to your advantage to make sure it never
-- Michael Johnson
"There are no mistakes, save one: the failure to learn from a mistake."
-- Robert Fripp
"Success is not permanent. The same is also true of failure."
"The harder you train, the easier the game."
"Some people dream of success... while others wake up and work hard at it."
"Champions keep playing until they get it right."
--Billie Jean King
"If you really want to do something, you'll find a way; if you don't, you'll find an excuse."
“To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are."
"Act as though it is impossible to fail."
"Others can stop you temporarily -- you are the only one who can do it permanently."
"View every problem as an opportunity..."
"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well
you do it."
"People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it."
"The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars
in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime."
"If a tie is like kissing your sister, losing is like kissing you grandmother with her teeth out. "
"Baseball is a game where a curve is an optical illusion, a screwball can be a pitch or a person, stealing is legal
and you can spit anywhere you like except in the umpire's eye or on the ball."
"You must do the thing you think you cannot do."
"The best way to predict your future is to create it."