Get Motivated!

This was published by Women’s Health Magazine and I found a few worthy of jotting down on a sticky note.  Sometimes just a little reminder is all you need to get moving, quit whining, stop eating junk…whatever you need help with that day!

We asked Olympians: What motivational quote, advice,  or personal mantra helps get you through a challenging time?

“‘Falling in life is inevitable—staying down is  optional.'” –Carrie Johnson, two-time Olympic kayaker

“‘Breathe, believe, and battle.’ My former coach, Troy Tanner, told us that  before each match. Breathe—be in the moment. Believe—have faith that you can  rise above it. Battle—you gotta be prepared to go for as long as it takes.” –Kerri  Walsh, two-time beach volleyball Olympic gold medalist

“‘If you think you can’t, you won’t, and if you think you can, you will.’  When I’m tired at practice, I tell myself that I’m not tired, and I can push  through. If you tell yourself you’re tired or if you tell yourself you’re sick,  your body is going to follow the mind.” –Kellie Wells, 2011  USA indoor and outdoor 100m hurdles champion

“‘Keep calm and carry on.’ A challenging time is just that—a period in time.  Taking a few deep breaths and knowing that it won’t last forever really allows  me to focus on the present moment and task at hand.” –Betsey  Armstrong, 2008 water polo Olympic silver medalist and goalkeeper for  2012 U.S. Women’s Olympic Water Polo Team

“My dad would tell me to, ‘Play for those who couldn’t play.’ So my  motivation is for people who struggle in life daily.” –Misty  May-Treanor, two-time beach volleyball Olympic gold medalist

“My brother was an elite special forces guy, so I think, ‘If he can do it, I  can too.'” –Georgia Gould, professional mountain biker Team  Luna CHIX and first-time Olympian

“‘It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.'” –Missy  Franklin, three-time medalist at 2011 FINA World Championships and  first-time Olympian

“‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.'” –McKayla  Maroney, two-time gold medalist at 2011 World Gymnastics Championship  (team and vault)

“I think it’s important to keep mantras fresh (sometimes the same verse can  get stale). That being said, I love this powerful statement: ‘Define yourself.’  I rehearsed it a million times during the 2005 Chicago Marathon [her first  win].” –Deena  Kastor, 2004 Olympic marathon bronze medalist

“I always tell myself to ‘man up.’  Growing up beside my brother [2008  Olympic silver medalist Zach Railey], I was never allowed to whine. He  wouldn’t let me then, so I don’t let myself now.” –Paige  Railey, four-time sailing world champion and first-time Olympian

“‘Steady, ready, poised, winning.'” –Arielle Martin, 2011  BMX Supercross World Cup Champion and first-time Olympian

“‘This too shall pass’ and, ‘All you can do is your best.’ This has been a  tough year of injuries for  me. I’ve been saying these a lot!” –Sue Francia, 2008 rowing  gold medalist in the women’s eight

“I always tell myself, ‘Keep on fighting.’ I wasn’t always a good diver—I had  to work my way up to where I am now. If I had given up, I wouldn’t be in the  position I am today. I would have so many regrets.” –Christina  Loukas, nine-time national diving champion and first-time Olympian

“‘My competition isn’t resting!'” –Kim Rhode, five-time  Olympic shooter

“‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.'” –Jessica  Long, nine-time Paralympic swimming medalist

“I ask myself, ‘Can you go any harder? Are you hurting enough? Are you going  hard enough?’ I keep asking myself: ‘Can you go any  harder?'” –Kristin Armstrong, 2008 road cycling Olympic gold  medalist in women’s time trial

“‘Everything is going to work out—there’s no other option.'” –Kari  Miller, 2008 Paralympic sitting volleyball silver medalist

“‘If you’re not having fun, then what the hell are you doing?’ It reminds me  to find the reason why I’m doing it and why I’m out there, which makes things  more manageable when I’m stressed  and fatigued.” –Allison Jones, six-time Paralympian (has  competed in both the summer and winter games)

“‘If you think you’re done, you always have at least 40 percent more.”‘ –Lauren Crandall, captain of the 2012 U.S. Olympic field  hockey team

“I don’t have a specific mantra; It’s more about believing that I’m tough.  I’ve been through a lot, and I’m not wiling to let myself get  beat.” –Katie Hoff, two-time Olympic swimmer

“‘I am stronger  than ever.'” –Jessica Hardy, current world-record holder in  the 50m and 100m breaststroke


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