70 Sports Quotes About Focus from Professional Athletes

You can keep ahead of the competition by focusing on doing the right things and being ruthless in executing them well. If you want to achieve your goals, you must focus on doing the right things and doing them properly.

Concentration is the ability to devote your full attention to a single task at a time. It includes controlling your attention. We can practice focusing throughout training and then utilize it during competition. The best concentration comes when you simply focus on what is required to finish a task.

Also See: Sports Quotes About Being in The Moment

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  1. If you really want to be a game  changer out there — become a master observer. The simple process of focusing on things that are normally taken for granted can be a source of great power & creativity. – Peyton Manning, former football player.

  2. Once upon a time I took a decision that I was just gonna be more focused and get my mind right when it really mattered. It took me a long time but I’m very proud that I was able to achieve that and today my mind is one of my strong points when I play tennis. – Roger Federer, Tennis player.

  3. I focus on one thing and one thing only – that’s trying to win as many championships as I can. – Kobe Bryant, basketball player.

  4. I know that a lot of people depend on me, but this is a side of me that I try not to focus on because although it is important, for me it’s not the most important thing. Cristiano Ronaldo, football player.

  5. You just try to play tough and focus point for point. Sounds so boring, but it’s the right thing to do out there. – Rafael Nadal, tennis player.

  6. What I learned is that I need to stay totally focused in the moment. I need to connect with my goal and tune out everything else. – LeBron James, basketball player.

  7. You have to keep your focus where your heart feels, where you feel you should be, and try to keep that dream going. – Heikki Kovalainen, Finnish racing driver.

  8. It’s a way of placing myself in a match, ordering my surroundings to match the order I seek in my head. …when I do it, it means I’m focused. – Rafael Nadal, tennis player.

  9. When you’re really trying to zone in and keep your focus, you don’t want to have any unnecessary distractions during this point of the season. – Stephen Curry, basketball player.

  10. When you focus on your past, that’s your ego. When you focus on your future, that’s your pride. When you focus on the present, that’s humility. – Field Yates, sportswriter.

  11. Whether it’s a coach who’s messing with your minutes or teammates who are being selfish, focus on what you can control. Continue to work, and don’t focus on anybody that’s bringing you negative energy. – James Harden, basketball player.

  12. The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. – Stefanos Tsitsipas, tennis player.

  13. We have real-life situations, we have things to deal with. But what you have to be able to do is to stay focused on the moment and to not be super emotional. It’s OK to have emotions, but don’t be emotional. – Russell Wilson, Football quarterback.

  14. Once I got inside here [championship], I said, okay, this is my mission: I want to win a championship; this is why I’m here. It was hard for me to focus on other teams and what other players were feeling. I didn’t engage in that. I didn’t look for it. I wanted to keep my energy in the right space. – LeBron James, basketball player.

  15. I just try to focus, keep my blinders on and just do what I have to do and not worry too much about what’s going on around you, but just stay focused on what my responsibilities are. – Kobe Bryant, basketball player.

  16. If you sort of have your focus on something that gives you that drive and passion it will help channel their energy into something, even though not physical but mental, to achieve something new. – Andrea Gaudenzi, Italian tennis player. [source]

  17. There’s a lot happening on the court, around the court. Obviously there’s away fans, Netherlands fans in this case. It was difficult. I did a good job of keeping myself calm and focused. – Daniel Evans, Tennis player.

  18. I try my very best to try and concentrate on what I have to do rather than thinking about the captaincy and too many other things happening. So I’ve always focused on what I have to do at the job at hand. – Angelo Mathews, cricket player.

  19. If your mind is focused upon the negatives such as the pain, the early mornings, the social sacrifices etc – then all these negative things simply increase in intensity and just make it too hard to continue over a long period of time. So enjoy what you are doing, it’s vital. – Ian Thorpe, Retired swimmer.

  20. We just have to focus on ourselves and we will. We’re not perfect – that is obvious – but we will improve. – Virgil van Dijk, Professional footballer.

  21. When people doubt you, you have to use it to your advantage. It’s up to you to prove them wrong. We all work hard, and there is a lot of strain involved, but as long as you focus on showing what you can do, you can achieve exactly what you want to. – Harry Kane, Football player.

  22. I’ve just got to focus on what I can control, day-to-day training and different performances at competitions. So with that I’ve tried to chuck out even more and focus and narrow it down even more which I think has actually really been more positive. –  Duncan Scott, Scottish swimmer.

  23. The game has its ups and downs, but you can never lose focus of your individual goals and you can’t let yourself be beat because of lack of effort. – Michael Jordan, baseball player.

  24. When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in. – Kristin Armstrong, Bicycler.

  25. My focus is basketball, and that’s it. – Kyrie Irving, basketball player.

  26. It’s always hard to deal with injuries mentally, but I like to think about it as a new beginning. I can’t change what happened, so the focus needs to go toward healing and coming back stronger than before. – Carli Lloyd, American soccer player.

  27. I don’t care too much what happened in the past. I prefer to focus on what is coming next and I am really looking forward to it. – Sebastian Vettel, motorsports racing driver.

  28. At the end of the day, you can’t control the results; you can only control your effort level and your focus. – Ben Zobrist, Baseball second baseman.

  29. Focus on remedies, not faults. – Jack Nicklaus, professional golfer.

  30. I don’t think about milestones or medals, but like to take each competition as it comes and focus on doing my best and becoming better with each competition. – Neeraj Chopra, Track and field athlete.

  31. You should always focus on training and consider it a step forward. And each step is taking you higher and higher until you reach the top, which is where you should stay. – Kylian Mbappé, French soccer player.

  32. My main focus is, ‘What can I do today to help the team win the ballgame?’ You have those blinders on. It helps you focus. – Aaron Judge, Baseball outfielder.

  33. The more you hesitate in a game, the more your chance of getting hit. Your focus isn’t there. When you hesitate, usually you’re in trouble. – Sidney Crosby, Ice hockey centre.

  34. As much as we pump iron and we run to build our strength up, we need to build our mental strength up… so we can focus… so we can be in concert with one another. – Phil Jackson, former basketball player.

  35. I focus on having fun, playing hard, and winning games. – Mike Trout, baseball center fielder.

  36. Many can’t function in a  dysfunctional environment but you can. Keep your focus & finish everything you start. Life will never be normal for you because your blessing ain’t normal. – Deion Sanders, American football coach.

  37. Focus on getting better. Work in silence. – Joe Burrow, American football quarterback.

  38. When you’re out there on the field, there are so many things going on. You have to focus on just a [few] things because your brain can only handle so much. – Patrick Mahomes II, American football player.

  39. I feel like the score of the game, a lot of times, isn’t one of those things you can focus on. All you can focus on is having a successful play of that play. And then once that plays over, no matter if it was good or bad, you have to do it again. – Patrick Mahomes II, American football player.

  40. I’m not really too focused on where I get drafted. It’s what I do after I get drafted. – Josh Allen, American football player.

  41. Focus on the mission. Nothing else. – Russell Wilson, American football player.

  42. Every game’s a championship game. When we focus that way, get prepared that way-that this is it, you know, this is the last one, the biggest one-you get ready, you get amped up, you get that laser focus and you’re ready to play. – Russell Wilson, American football player.

  43. What you have to be able to do is to stay focused on the moment and to not be super emotional. It’s OK to have emotions, but don’t be emotional. – Russell Wilson, American football player.

  44. Just focus on the right now and appreciate the journey. That is all I can do. – Derrick Henry, American football player.

  45. I need to be focused on helping this team and not worry about anything outside of what we have going on here. – Derrick Henry, American football player.

  46. I cannot control what goes on in another lane and this is how I focus on the games. There is no point in being nervous about other swimmers. It’s just about focusing on yourself and what you need to do in order to perform at your best. – Cameron van der Burgh, South African swimmer.

  47. Its important to keep your focus. There are challenges. The way to get out of those tough times is to just battle through everything, to not let it get you down too much.” – Claude Julien, Canadian ice hockey coach


Valuable Sports Quotes about focus from female athletes

  1. Focus on what you know you can do. Know what you’re capable of on any given day, and what you can count on. – Mia Hamm, retired soccer player.

  2. When you show up, how you carry yourself, how you behave, how you focus and prepare yourself … matters. – Mia Hamm, retired soccer player.

  3. Other kids had more talent, but I was the most focused. – Nadia Comăneci,  retired gymnast.

  4. Wherever you set your point of reference on your mental attention, your focus, that is where you’re going. If you want to expand, grow and rise, meet new people and do bigger things then you’ve got to think about what you do want, not what you don’t want. – Danica Patrick, racing driver.

  5. Most people focus on the wrong thing; They focus on the result, not the process. – Ronda Rousey, professional wrestler. [source]

  6. Understanding yourself is the biggest game that we’re all playing. The more time I focus on my internal self, the better external life I live. – Abby Wambach, retired soccer player.

  7. It’s all about focus. I focus on the joy that I feel after every win. That feeling is addicting; it’s enough to make me wake up with so much motivation every single day. – Candace Parker, basketball player.

  8. Don’t focus on the negative things that can happen, just think about the positive things. – Michelle Kwan, retired figure skater.

  9. You are always racing against the other swimmers, but I always try to just focus on what I’m doing and how I want to swim my races. – Katie Ledecky, American competitive swimmer.

  10. When you focus on problems, you’ll have more problems. When you focus on possibilities, you’ll have more opportunities. – Sloane Stephens, tennis player.

  11. Focus is a matter of deciding what things you’re not going to do. -Victoria Azarenka, Belarusian tennis player.

  12. What you focus on with your thought and feeling is what you attract into your experience. -Victoria Azarenka, Belarusian tennis player.

  13. If I daydream about doing well and having this silver medal, it’s more motivating than focusing on the negatives. So I learned to focus on the positive. – Aly Raisman, American artistic gymnast.

  14. I need to stay in the moment, focus on my technical cues and it just comes – I don’t have to put enormous pressure on myself. – Katarina Johnson-Thompson, elite multi-eventer.

  15. I just try to concentrate on concentrating. – Martina Navratilova, Former tennis player.

  16. I was really focused on [that] particular moment and didn’t really follow what was going on with the score. Just really tried to stay present and focused, and continue to do what I believe will make me a better player. – Victoria Azarenka, tennis player.

  17. I don’t focus on what I’m up against. I focus on my goals and I try to ignore the rest.  – Venus Williams, former tennis player.

  18. There are expectations in everyone’s lives. It might be small or big, but then you cannot forget to prioritise what is important and try to focus when it is really needed. – Mithali Raj, Indian cricketer.

  19. In the end I know the goal is to win. For me, it’s something I’m really trying to focus. It gives more motivation in the end of the day, keep on winning, keep on trying to do good results. – Elena Rybakina, Tennis player.

  20. Defending a title is just something that the press makes up. I’m just taking it one match at a time. I just focus on what I’m doing, my own trajectory. –  Emma Raducanu, tennis player.

  21. I reset and refocus because there’s still more I want to achieve. I think I’ve always been future-looking and not necessarily stuck in the moment, whether it was a win or a loss. – Venus Williams, former tennis player.

  22. Focus on being balanced – success is balance. – Laila Ali, former professional boxer.

  23. I don’t think about the press or the crowds or the other leaders of the race. The focus is only on myself. As soon as I see the targets, I tune them out. – Magdalena Neuner, German Biathlete.



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