12 Quotes To Help Us Focus

I always feel great when I’m able to talk myself “up” on a stressful or blues-y day, but sometimes the well is dry. Or maybe it’s a just a little low. Or maybe the pump handle is just rusted. Or…well, you get the picture. It’s on those days that I turn to my quote file to make use of other people’s words. Here are a dozen or so quotes that always seem to help me refocus:

Ever notice how your mind calms during or after exercise, or you find the perfect solution to a problem?
“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

When the scale or the tape measure have you feeling blue…
“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills

Have you ever thought you’d screw everything up, and then you went out and did it?
“If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.” – Carl Lewis

When you feel like taking a day (or a week or a month) off your plan…
“Continuous effort — not strength or intelligence — is the key to unlocking our potential.” – Liane Cardes

I get this now…
“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” – Tommy Lasorda

For when you find yourself trying to ‘splain your actions…
“Bad excuses are worse than none.” – Thomas Fuller

Day after day after day…
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Ryun

Most of us want to BE fit; how many of us want to GET fit?
“What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple. Whether you are willing to do it, that’s another matter.” – Peter F. Drucker

I’d have been in the gym YEARS ago if only I’d listened to the Babe
“Never let the fear of striking out get in your way. “ – George Herman “Babe” Ruth

For the chronic over-thinker (and I know it’s not just me)…
“You cannot plow a field by turning it over in your mind. ” Unknown

and my two all-time favorites:

To remind us it’s all about growth
“Success is never final and failure never fatal.” – George F. Tilton

I use this one almost every day.
Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese proverb

I hope any or all of these will inspire you as they’ve inspired me!