73 Empowering Sports Quotes About Confidence from Professional Athletes

The level of confidence an athlete has influences his ability to perform under pressure and in difficult situations. Surprisingly, an athlete’s level of confidence is influenced by his or her performance. A high-performing athlete is always confident, which helps him perform better. Athletes who lack confidence as a result of poor performance in the past, on the other hand, make more mistakes.

In any case, confidence is an important aspect of athletics. When they are underperforming, successful athletes usually find ways to boost their self-esteem. They are not hampered by a lack of performance or current form, but rather seek solutions to the problems that arise as a result of their lack of confidence. It is critical to ask oneself questions in these situations. Finding answers to these questions and incorporating them into your game is what takes a regular player from a regular player to a special player.

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  1. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, with belief, with confidence and trust in yourself and those around you, there are no limits. Michael Phelps, competitive swimmer

  2. Confidence isn’t walking into a room and thinking you’re better than everyone, it’s walking in and not having to compare yourself to anyone at all. J.J. Watt, NFL player

  3. Confidence is not about speak, about words. It’s really about actions taken by someone. It’s not given to anyone. It’s earned. Kirby Smart,  American football coach

  4. Confidence is the result of hard work and doing things that other people aren’t willing to do. Sonny Dykes, American football coach

  5. Confidence is a big part of the sport. It’s very difficult to gain confidence and very easy to lose confidence. It’s kind of like that secret formula in every sport. Maria Sharapova, tennis player

  6. The only way to have confidence is winning matches, winning important matches. Rafael Nadal, tennis player

  7. It’s just important to have self‑belief and confidence in what you do and have a good plan, you, clear mind, and just be aware of what’s going on, what’s coming at you. Victoria Azarenka, tennis player

  8. The young player, you have to gain confidence through hard work, through a great attitude and through success. Lloyd Carr, Former football player

  9. Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence. Vince Lombardi, Football coach

  10. Confidence doesn’t come out of nowhere. It’s a result of hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication. Roger Staubach, American football player

  11. With confidence you believe you can overcome your weaknesses. With arrogance you don’t even see your weaknesses. Eric Mangini, AFC Coach

  12. The biggest thing is to have a mind-set and a belief you can win every tournament going in. Tiger Woods, professional golfer

  13. A fit body gives you confidence. And there’s nothing more impressive than a great attitude, which you can wear on your sleeve. But you’ll have to remember the difference between being rude and being confident. Virat Kohli, cricket player

  14. Confidence is everything. From there, it’s a small step to winning. Craig Stadler, professional golfer

  15. Confidence is what happens when you’ve done the hard work that entitles you to succeed. Pat Summitt, basketball coach

  16. Conceit is bragging about yourself. Confidence is believing you can get the job done. Johnny Unitas, football quarterback

  17. Confidence is a lot of this game or any game. If you don’t think you can, you won’t. Jerry West, basketball player

  18. Confidence is the most important single factor in this game, and no matter how great your talent, there is only one way to obtain it-work. Jack Nicklaus, professional golfer

  19. You’ve got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference. Chris Evert, tennis player

  20. No matter how many shots you miss, you’ve always got to have the confidence that the next one is going in. Stephen Curry, basketball player

  21. Earn the right to be proud and confident. John Wooden, basketball coach

  22. When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things. Joe Namath, former football player

  23. Success gives you a sense of pride, which in turn gives you confidence and experience – a positive circle, so to speak. Roger Federer, tennis player

  24. Over-confidence is a weakness because it stops you training as hard as you should. Joe Calzaghe, professional boxer

  25. Sports build good habits, confidence, and discipline. They make players into community leaders and teach them how to strive for a goal, handle mistakes, and cherish growth opportunities. Julie Foudy, Soccer player

  26. You gotta have confidence in yourself first before anybody else will. Jayson Tatum, basketball player

  27. Just find what works for you, what style suits you best, and just be confident enough to rock it. Odell Beckham Jr, Football wide receiver

  28. You just have to be yourself and go full with confidence and be courageous. Gabby Douglas, gymnast

  29. My confidence never really went anywhere. I can play this game at a high level. All I ever wanted was an opportunity to do so. The opportunity presented itself. I just went out there and played. DeMarcus Cousins, basketball player

  30. The main thing is just getting matches. I think matches builds confidence. Matches is key. Jordan Thompson, tennis player

  31. Look for your confidence. No matter if you strike out everyday. If you find your confidence something good is going to happen because you trust yourself. Starlin Castro, Baseball infielder

  32. Winning builds confidence, confidence builds winning. Ryan Harrison, tennis player

  33. When you win, you don’t get carried away. But if you go step by step, with confidence, you can go far. Diego Maradona, soccer player

  34. If I lose my confidence, then I’ll lose my way. Kenny Omega, professional wrestler

  35. I think the biggest mistake people make is not believing in themselves enough. Rich Piana, Bodybuilder

  36. There are ups and downs, but whatever happens, you have to trust and believe in yourself. Luka Modric, soccer player

  37. I think luck falls on not just the brave but also the ones who believe they belong there. Novak Djokovic, tennis player

  38. Confidence is the most important single factor in this game, and no matter how great your natural talent, there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work. – Jack Nicklaus, retired professional golfer

  39. A big smile always helps to boost my confidence—whether it’s mine or someone else’s. – Simone Biles, artistic gymnast

  40. I don’t believe in team motivation. I believe in getting a team prepared so it knows it will have the necessary confidence when it steps on a field and be prepared to play a good game. Tom Landry, former football coach

  41. When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes a reality. Joe Paterno, former football player

  42. Never mishandle hope or self-confidence – those are elements of life, not just a game. John Kessel, Author

  43. Self-confidence is something caught and not taught. And, risk-running and chance-taking are the only ways to catch it. Arnold Schwarzenegger, former bodybuilder

  44. One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation. Arthur Ashe, tennis player

  45. One of the most important qualities for any young athlete is the ability to believe in oneself. If you have confidence in yourself, in your teammates and your coach, you will succeed. Chuck Knox, American football coach

  46. Concentration comes out of a combination of confidence and hunger. Arnold Palmer, professional golfer

  47. Because I am prepared and confident, I’m able to be fearless and transitioned that same skillset from skiing into really all aspects of my life. – Lindsey Vonn, alpine ski racer

  48. Having the chance to play sports growing up teaches you all kinds of life lessons. It gives young people confidence and instills in them motivation and drive to be the best one can be. It’s absolutely invaluable. April Ross, beach volleyball player

  49. Confidence is key – once you have that, you are unstoppable. Timothy Weah, soccer player

  50. As athletes, the biggest asset that we bring to the workplace is our work ethic, our confidence, our never-say-die attitude. We’re about winning. Katrina Adams, tennis player

  51. We go there with confidence, but we know there is a very fine line between success and failure in this game. Alan Shearer, soccer player

  52. When a rider who had confidence in his ability was defeated, after doing his level best to win, always received an ovation from the gathering. Major Taylor, American cyclist

  53. I have a lot of confidence in myself, and I love that challenge as well. I love going to every competition as the favourite. It’s something I relish. Katie Taylor, Irish boxer

  54. I believe that if I try hard enough I can turn setbacks into something positive.– Nozomi Okuhara, Japanese badminton player

  55. Believe in yourself, be persistent, and don’t let anyone break your confidence. Trinity Fatu, professional wrestler

  56. Never stop, never give up, never stop giving yourself the self-confidence you need to be a champion. Diego Sanchez, MMA

  57. First, confidence in your talent and then confidence that the team is going to look for you, because they need you. And when you reach that point, it changes a lot, because your mindset is completely different. Manu Ginóbili, basketball player

  58. Confidence is the most important quality in all athlete-coach relationships. Franz Stampfl, sports coach

  59. I’m a firm believer in quiet confidence. By that I mean knowing inwardly that you are good, and not exhibiting a boastful attitude outwardly. If an athlete doesn’t believe in himself, no one else will. Dick Van Arsdale, former basketball coach

  60. You go through times that you think you can’t do it and then you get times that you think you’re on top of the world, and you’ve got to remember those times when you’re on top of the world and the people that you beat and you’ve got to keep that confidence in you all the time. Ty Dillon, racing driver

  61. As an athlete, confidence makes me more competitive and helps me perform better. Marlen Esparza, professional boxer

  62. No journey is a straight line — every single one looks a little different. Trust yourself and go to work. If it’s truly what you want, never let the dream die. – David Nwaba, American basketball player


Short sports quotes about confidence

  1. Confidence is often corrupted by arrogance. – John Cena,  professional wrestler

  2. Be at ease, be real and your confidence & cool will come. – Dwayne Johnson, professional wrestler

  3. The confidence comes from preparation. – Kobe Bryant. basketball player

  4. Confidence is built through practice. Jordan Spieth,  professional golfer

  5. Confidence doesn’t come out of thin air. It takes a lot of work and effort. Maria Sharapova, tennis player

  6. Believe in yourself and drown out the noise. Put them on mute. – Serena Williams, tennis player

  7. Physical confidence transcends to all facets of your life. Tessa Virtue, ice dancer

  8. When I face a challenge during a match, I embrace it and I start fighting. – Simona Halep, tennis player

  9. False confidence is false confidence. Justin Gaethje, MMA

  10. Always have self-confidence because that can take you a long way. Baker Mayfield, football quarterback

  11. If you have confidence you have patience. Confidence, that is everything. Ilie Nastase, tennis player


A fun quiz is a great way to summarize the lessons we can take from these inspiring quotes. This fun quiz is intended to help you remember the key ideas and takeaways from the quotes in our blog post.

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