40 Sports Quotes About Overcoming Obstacles from Famous Athletes and Coaches

Life is full of ups and downs. Everyone has a favored approach for dealing with life’s obstacles. Perseverance is an ability that is acquired by confronting and overcoming challenges. When faced with problems, people usually lose motivation, which is among the most common causes of goal failures. Your answers to challenges kept you from trying.

Setting goals isn’t enough; you must also work toward them. Keep the big picture in mind at all times. On many occasions, overcoming obstacles in life provided the impetus we needed to shift path.

We’ve selected the most inspirational quotes on overcoming obstacles from well-known sports figures below.

Also See: Top Motivational Athlete Quotes About Never Giving Up to Lift Your Spirits

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  1. It’s usually not the game itself, but your own battle that you have inside all these obstacles and challenges on the way that you have to overcome in order to get back.– Novak Djokovic, Serbian tennis player.

  2. I try, as everybody else, to improve, to get better as a player, as a person. Each year represents new challenges and obstacles. You have to adjust to different circumstances. – Novak Djokovic, Serbian tennis player.

  3. I can’t be the same player as I was in 2011 because my life has changed so much. There are things that life is presenting to you as challenges, obstacles that you need to overcome and work hard to progress and to improve, because everybody does that. – Novak Djokovic, Serbian tennis player.

  4. Regardless of the obstacles or hurdles that are ahead of you, regardless of the opponent, regardless of the odds, your goal and objective always is to win. I think that’s part of sports. Grant Hill, former basketball player.

  5. If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. Michael Jordan, former basketball player.

  6. You’re going to hit some rough patches. You’re going to run into obstacles. People are going to say, ‘You can’t do it.’ But you have to persevere. You have to keep working hard and believing in yourself. Chris Harris Jr, Football cornerback.

  7. You learnt that, whatever you are doing in life, obstacles don’t matter very much. Pain or other circumstances can be there, but if you want to do a job bad enough, you’ll find a way to get it done. Jack Youngblood, Football player.

  8. If anyone has followed my career, they know that there’s been a lot of obstacles and a lot of ups and down throughout my career. But day in and day out, and in the square circle, I went out there and always did my best. Floyd Mayweather Jr., American professional boxer.

  9. I am out to prove that there are no obstacles for the disabled. Alex Zanardi, racing driver and paracyclist.

  10. I’ve been motivated by overcoming challenge and overcoming the hurdles and obstacles that face me. There still is plenty out there to get motivated by. Andre Agassi, American tennis player.

  11. The road to success has to have obstacles because, at the end of the day, when success comes, it will be that much better. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, track and field athlete.

  12. I have a message for the young kids. Life is about obstacles, endeavors in life are not to be overlooked. Wade Boggs, Baseball third baseman.

  13. When you have a passion for something, you can overcome obstacles, if you float through life without having anything to hold on to or get you fired up emotionally and to focus on, I think it’s really hard to overcome things. – Steve Nash, Canadian basketball player.

  14. I don’t take losses well, I fight the best consistently, and I try to overcome obstacles. Anthony Joshua, professional boxer.

  15. My competitive spirit will overcome all obstacles. Anthony Joshua, professional boxer.

  16. You can overcome anything, if and if only you love something enough. Lionel Messi, professional soccer player.

  17. One of the obstacles I took courage to overcome is rejection. I have been rejected many times over, but I did not listen to those who did not believe in me. Manny Pacquiao, former professional boxer.

  18. I kept eyes focused on my goal of rising above poverty so I can help my family and other people. – Manny Pacquiao, former professional boxer.

  19. If you can’t overcome hard, you’re never going to have any great victories. Nick Saban, Football coach.

  20. The longer your journey goes, you not only have to overcome adversity, you have to come from behind, hold the lead. Rick Pitino, basketball coach.

  21. Never ever let obstacles stand in the way of your goals. Matt Biondi, former competitive swimmer.

  22. I love the sport, it brings a lot of obstacles that are hard to overcome. Caeleb Dressel, professional swimmer.

  23. There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, there are no limits. Michael Phelps, former competitive swimmer.

  24. You dream. You plan. You reach. There will be obstacles. There will doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, with belief, with confidence and trust in yourself and those around you, there no limits. Michael Phelps, former competitive swimmer.

  25. The obstacle in the path becomes the path. Jim Caldwell, American Football coach.

  26. Look several months ahead, see where the obstacles lie, and figure out ways to overcome them. Jillian Michaels, fitness trainer.

  27. There are no disappointments, just challenges. I never give up when I encounter obstacles in my way. I just continue going until I reach my career objectives. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, soccer player.

  28. Growing up, I’ve had plenty of obstacles, but to be honest, I didn’t always have doubters. I was a standout athlete, so when that happens, you don’t have too many people telling you ‘You can’t do this,’ and ‘You can’t do that.’ I’ve always been a bit of a people person and a hard worker. Roman Reigns, professional wrestler.

  29. At the end of the day, you’re going to go through obstacles, but with passion, you will be successful, and you will accomplish whatever your dreams are. Brie Bella, professional wrestler.

  30. You go after your dreams no matter how many obstacles. You want to go forward. That’s what I did. Glover Teixeira, mixed martial artist.

  31. You position yourself mentally to go out and take on obstacles that stand in your way. In the Octagon and in life, you face tough situations and have every chance to quit, but the more adversity you push through, the more likely you are to be successful. Tyron Woodley, American MMA.

  32. Obstacles in life don’t make you a great fighter, but fighting – or, I should say, martial arts – helps you overcome your obstacles. Rose Namajunas, mixed martial artist.

  33. There’s always going to be obstacles and people that doubt you. So it’s about proving people wrong and bettering yourself and trying to be the best you. Kyle Kuzma, basketball player.

  34. That’s been the story of my life – obstacles: trying to figure a way over them, around them, under them; sometimes you have to go straight through them. Booker T, professional wrestler.

  35. There’s good sides and bad sides to life and you’re going to come up against obstacles. The only way you get through them is your passion level for the path that you choose. Bruce Buffer, MMA ring announcer.

  36. Being able to overcome obstacles and to demand the most out of yourself is a quality that everyone needs to be successful. Davante Adams, Football wide receiver.

  37. A strong body listens. It obeys. A weak body commands. If your body is weak it tells you what to do. If your body is strong it’ll actually listen to you when you tell it to do something. If you build it right you can overcome some of the obstacles of age and recovery. Andre Agassi, former tennis player.

  38. If there is one thing that all players have in common it is that winning, competitive gene; the ability to overcome obstacles and fight for what you want from your career. Andrés Iniesta, soccer player.

  39. I don’t run away from a challenge because I’m afraid. Instead, I run toward it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your feet. Nadia Comăneci, Romanian gymnast.

  40. It’s always important to have something specific, something tangible, to strive for. Ambitious goals have always motivated me to work harder.  I have faith in the training process, and part of that process is the “struggle” of overcoming obstacles. Natalie Coughlin, American swimmer.



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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Uplifting Sports Quotes On Overcoming Adversity


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