52 Inspiring Sports Mindset (Mentality) Quotes from Professional Athletes

A positive mindset is essential in an athlete’s life. The amount of success an athlete can achieve in their career is determined by their mindset. Athletes with the right mindset can put on incredible performances. Mindset, in general, is important in achieving our objectives. Even in the darkest of times, a positive attitude can help to keep morale high. In sports, an athlete’s mindset determines the outcome of the game.

We’re going to share some inspirational quotes from seasoned athletes in this post about sports mindset.

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  1. The winning mindset is the will to succeed. Lewis Hamilton, racing driver.

  2. The winning mindset is the will to succeed. It’s the will to want something, that yearning for something greater, that unknown of how great you can be or how good you could be at something. It’s that worry of failure and that fear that you have and overcoming that fear. Lewis Hamilton, racing driver.

  3. The mindset isn’t about seeking a result—it’s more about the process of getting to that result. Kobe Bryant, basketball player.

  4. I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying. Michael Jordan, basketball player.

  5. Success is not going to happen overnight. It’s finding ways to keep getting better just a little bit every day. If you always have that mindset, you’ll see the difference. James Harden, basketball player.

  6. You’ve got to have a growth mindset and you’ve got to be able to grow in losses and be able to grow in wins as well. LeBron James, basketball player.

  7. You have to have a little bit of talent — but if you have a certain mindset, nothing can stop you. Shaquille O’Neal, basketball player.

  8. As a competitor, if you’re trying to do something meaningful, if you don’t have the mindset that you’re the best ever, you failed already. Draymond Green, basketball player.

  9. It is only you and your ‘mindset.’ It’s only you. You have to convince yourself that you are capable of doing great things. Kylian Mbappé, soccer player.

  10. When it comes to really big games, I try to get myself in the mindset of how I’m going to affect the game – and the more I don’t think about the game and go about my everyday life the better, to try to block the noise out. Raheem Sterling, soccer player.

  11. Control your mind and you control the game. Kevin De Bruyne, soccer player.

  12. In games you need to turn nervous feelings to more excitement anyway, otherwise you’re going to limit your ability to play. Virgil van Dijk, soccer player.

  13. The mindset is always to think that you are never going to play pain-free. Virgil van Dijk, soccer player.

  14. I’m not worried when there’s chances, to be fair. If I miss, it’s fine, in my mind it’s like it’s going to come again. Mohamed Salah, soccer player.

  15. The most important thing is our heads and our mentality. Karim Benzema, soccer player.

  16. In football, you will have highs and lows, and there will be times you have to dust yourself down, work hard and get on with things, and there are also times where things go your way and everyone is happy. It’s important to stay in that mindset of continuing to improve. Harry Kane, soccer player.

  17. If my mind can conceive it, if my heart can believe it–then I can achieve it. Muhammad Ali, professional boxer.

  18. The only person you should be better than is the person you were yesterday. Terence Crawford, professional boxer.

  19. You often talk too much about mentality. But when you usually win, it’s because of how you handle the ball, and then only because of mental aspects. Rafael Nadal, tennis player.

  20. If you don’t believe you can win tournaments anymore, then you can’t do it. Roger Federer, tennis player.

  21. Start every single day hungry and as if you’ve never done anything before, and I think that’s the mentality that leads to good things in life, whether that’s in your career or life. Stefanos Tsitsipas, tennis player.

  22. With the right mindset and with the right attitude and with the right development throughout the tournament, my chances are pretty good. Stefanos Tsitsipas, tennis player.

  23. I try to develop that type of mindset – a championship mindset, as I call it. To keep me in the present, be humble, not worry too much about the future, not get too upset about the past. Félix Auger-Aliassime,  tennis player.

  24. You can be down in life, but you can overcome things based on the way you think and how you set your frame of mind. Serena Williams, tennis player.

  25. If you look at a loser mentality, you do quit when it gets hard, you do quit when things don’t go your way, and I think the beautiful part about life is the adversities challenge you to figure out who you really are. Tom Brady,  American football player.

  26. Losing is hard for all of us, but I’d rather lose and play than not play at all. Tom Brady,  American football player.

  27. It’s my mindset that I’m not where I want to be. I still want to be better, and I just want to stay humble about it. It’s not an act. It’s just how I am. Aaron Donald,   American football player.

  28. I know you ain’t gonna win every single one-on-one, but in my mind, I’m supposed to. Aaron Donald,   American football player.

  29. Your perseverance, your passion, your love, your mindset & your wisdom is what’s gonna take you to the destination you desire. Deion Sanders, American football player.

  30. Everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and you put the work and time into it. I think your mind really controls everything. Michael Phelps, competitive swimmer.

  31. It is all about consistency, believing in yourself, and hard practice. And also believing that you are doing the right things. Viktor Axelsen, badminton player.

  32. There can only be one state of mind as you approach any profound test; total concentration, a spirit of togetherness, and strength. Pat Riley, basketball coach.

  33. It’s just a mindset of when you lose, you get that sour taste in your mouth, but you got to kind of do whatever you can to get better from it. Patrick Mahomes, American football player.

  34. The human condition is just to make things bigger than they really are. In the moment, you think it’s a lot bigger deal than it is. Scottie Scheffler, professional golfer.

  35. The biggest thing is to have a mindset and a belief you can win every tournament going in. Tiger Woods, professional golfer.

  36. Anything is possible if you have the mindset and the will and desire to do it and put the time in. Roger Clemens, baseball player.

  37. Your positive mindset gives you a more hopeful outlook, and belief that you can do something great means you will do something great. Russell Wilson, American football player.

  38. Football is football and talent is talent. But the mindset of your team makes all the difference. Robert Griffin III, American football player.

  39. Nothing is given to you. Everything is earned. You have to have that mindset that you have to work every single day. Learn every single day. Saquon Barkley, American football player.

  40. Every time, the mindset I get when I get on the floor is that I’m the best player on the floor. Joel Embiid, basketball player.

  41. That’s what my mindset is, making the right play and doing the right thing each and every possession. Trae Young, basketball player.

  42. The work ethic will take me wherever I want to go in life. It’s my mindset that determines how, when, and if I’ll get there. Karen Bardsley, soccer player.

  43. My strengths and weaknesses are the same: I’ve got the willingness and stupidity to try anything. Travis Pastrana,  racing driver.

  44. There’s no reason to hold yourself back and say you can’t do something in life unless you go for it and try to do it. Russell Westbrook, basketball player.

  45. When we win, we win together; when we lose, we lose together. It doesn’t change my mindset. Casemiro, soccer player.

  46. For me, losing is not normal so my mentality comes from that. Bruno Fernandes, soccer player.

  47. Don’t let the moment get to you. Go out and play how you know how to play. Keep your head down. Work as hard as possible. Alphonso Davies, soccer player.

  48. Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but how we react to what happens, not by what life brings us but the attitude we bring to life. Wade Boggs, baseball player.

  49. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Alex Rodriguez, baseball player.

  50. All I want to do is win. Dwight Howard, basketball player.

  51. Mindset is everything. Carmelo Anthony, basketball player.

  52. A positive mindset brings positive things. Unknown



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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In this quiz, you must complete the quote you’ve just read from various athletes and coaches by selecting the correct option from the options provided. The aim of this quiz is to help you recall key takeaways from the quotes. You will receive one point for selecting the correct option. Are you ready? Let’s get started.



Also See:

Sports Quotes About Positive Attitude and Thinking

Motivational Sports Quotes About Courage

Inspiring Sports Quotes About Resilience


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