My strongest point is my persistence. I never give up in a match. However down I am, I fight until the last ball. My list of matches shows that I have turned a great many so-called irretrievable defeats into victories.
— Bjorn Borg
Character is determined in the second half.
— Bernie Casey
I wrote for twelve years and collected 250 rejection slips before getting any fiction published, so I guess outside reinforcement isn’t all that important to me.
— Lisa Alther
A champion is one who gets up when he can’t see.
— Jack Dempsey
Doers are willing to break through the barriers of pain that stand between themselves and a goal. The pain barriers might be emotional or physical – or both. Doers realize that any goal of substance is not meant to be achieved easily and they will face severe tests of their patience and determination along the path to fulfillment.
— Gary Player
In life, one goes through all types of adversity. Daddy taught us that we’re going to succeed some days and we’re going to fail some days and that’s how life is. Success is being able to overcome adversity.
— Martin Luther King III
Measure the size of obstacles against the size of God.
— Beth Moore
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
A wise man doesn’t concern himself with things he can’t control.
— Calvin Peete
Although Dad suffered terrible setbacks and sorrows – deaths of two daughters, loss of his beloved farm, financial hardships during the Great Depression – he never complained, criticized or compared himself to others who were better off. Through it all he made the best of what he had and was thankful for it.
— John Wooden
Whenever we do what we can, we immediately can do more.
— James Clarke
Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. Full effort is full victory.
— Mahatma Gandhi
Winning isn’t everything, but making the effort to win is.
— Vince Lombardi
If you don’t invest very much, then defeat doesn’t hurt very much and winning isn’t very exciting.
— Dick Vermeil
Those who truly have the spirit of champions are never wholly happy with an easy win. Half the satisfaction stems from knowing it was the time and effort you invested that led to your high achievement.
— Nicole Haislett
A man’s accomplishments in life are the cumulative effect of his attention to detail.
— John Foster Dulles
No detail is too small if part of an important undertaking.
— George Allen
When you see a successful individual, a champion, a “winner,” you can be very sure that you are looking at an individual who pays great attention to the perfection of minor details.
— John Wooden
In my experience, almost all bad decisions result from not understanding the details.
— Chuck Knight
A knowledge of details has served in many a crisis. A knowledge of details has often caught an error before it became a catastrophe.
— Aimee Buchanan
People who can perform outside their comfort zone, they’re the ones who become champions.
— Mary Lou Retton
Pursuing your dreams requires you to leave your established comfort zone and to push into areas where at first you may feel that you have less control. That means pushing beyond what is known to you, taking risks and learning to view failure as merely a step, rather than a defeat.
— Stedman Graham
Relying on safe choices can sometimes be the enemy of self-esteem, because you’re never encouraged to stretch beyond your comfort zone. And if you don’t stretch, while you may never fail, you also may never experience the joy of real, hard-earned victory.
— Francine Ward
Expanding your comfort zone makes you feel good about yourself.
— Richard Templar
Whenever you step out of a certain comfort zone to enhance the person you wish to be, make sure you have a sense of contentment with each and every step you take. If you’re doing all that you can without a sense of joy or even satisfaction, there’s a strong chance you may not get to where you want to go.
— Dave Pelzer
Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
— John Wooden
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.
— Helen Keller
Character is not made on the mountain tops of life; it is made in the valleys.
— Kathryn Kuhlman
Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades. A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful.
— Jacqueline Bisset
A champion is not a champion because he wins, but because of how he conducts himself.
— Doug Sanders
The ones who want to achieve and win championships motivate themselves.
— Mike Ditka
Real heroes don’t simply have dreams. They wake up each morning and find a way to motivate themselves to do what it takes to achieve their dreams.
— Dr. Bob Rotella
Nobody is going to wind you up every morning and give you a pep talk. So be a self-starter.
— Lou Holtz
Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.
— Fred Shero
Self-motivated people love what they do. They can’t wait to get to work in the morning. They can’t wait to get started. They’re the ones who believe there aren’t enough hours in the day to achieve the goals they’re trying to reach.
— Rick Pitino