55 Uplifting Sports Quotes About Positive Attitude from Professional Athletes

If you’re looking for sports quotes about a positive attitude and thinking, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we’ll share with you motivational quotes about having a positive attitude and thinking positively from the world of sports. All of these quotes come from former players, current athletes, and coaches. These quotes are both inspiring to read and teach life lessons about maintaining a positive attitude in life.


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Sport Quotes About Positive Attitude

  1. My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength. Michael Jordan, basketball player.

  2. Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise. Kobe Bryant,  basketball player.

  3. We’ve got to stay positive, because it’s the end that counts, not the beginning. Cristiano Ronaldo, footballer.

  4. Every winner has scars but almost nothing can stop a person with a positive attitude and a clear goal. Neymar Jr, footballer.

  5. The attitude with which we approach the situation can determine our success or failure. Peyton Manning, American football.

  6. You may not think you’re going to make it. You may want to quit. But if you keep your eye on the ball, you can accomplish anything. Hank Aaron, baseball player.

  7. Life ain’t easy but that’s no excuse for your attitude. Your attitude is your attitude. You have the power & authority to change it. Change your vision because your vision is how you look at things which influence your attitude. Deion Sanders, American football coach.

  8. Nothing good ever comes from worrying or sitting there feeling sorry for yourself. Keep positive and keep pushing on and things will turn good. Conor McGregor, MMA.

  9. It’s all about the attitude, gut, heart and determination to go out and give 120% every time to try and help the team win. Bo Jackson, baseball player.

  10. 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.

  11. Attitude can break a home, a church or a business, or it can have the vice versa effect. Gary Player, professional golfer.

  12. You have to keep motivated. You don’t want to lose unless, if your opponent is playing well, it is what it is, but you always want to have a really good attitude to try to win. Serena Williams, tennis player.

  13. I have a nothing‑to‑lose attitude. Serena Williams, tennis player.

  14. I never look back at what happened. I think that’s the right attitude, because that’s what keeps me looking forward toward my goal. Victoria Azarenka,  tennis player.

  15. Love for the game, passion, positive attitude, and working spirit. Rafael Nadal, tennis player.

  16. In the end, when it’s over, the day’s over, the round’s over, you can’t do anything about it. All you can do is go out there with a positive frame of mind and do the best you can the following day. Tiger Woods, professional golfer.

  17. I prioritize getting enough rest to allow my body to recover. And I strive to keep a positive mental attitude at all times. Tom Brady, American football player.

  18. You need to work with the right attitude every day. You need to be ready to suffer, to enjoy the suffering, and to be able to change the situation. Rafael Nadal, tennis player.

  19. Good things happen when you do that and you don’t give up and you have that never‑say‑die attitude. Bruce Bochy, baseball manager.

  20. You can control two things attitude and effort. Giannis Antetokounmpo, basketball player.

  21. The ideal attitude is to be physically loose and mentally tight. Arthur Ashe, tennis player.

  22. Life is about challenges and how we face up to them and the attitude we take into every day life so hopefully we’ll be able to motivate people to do more with their life. Martina Navratilova, tennis player.

  23. We need the right attitude and the right motivation – that can decide the match above everything else. Sergio Ramos, tennis player.

  24. When I have a positive attitude on court and I’m getting fired up and I’m showing positive energy, I think that helps me perform my best. Danielle Collins, tennis player.

  25. It’s the positive attitude that gets you through life, and it is a choice. I’ve always been too much of an optimist where I sort of ignore bad stuff until it sits right here in front of me. Martina Navratilova, tennis player.

  26. I’m certainly not the best player that’s ever played the game, but I think my attitude has been what’s sustained me. I look at things like the glass as half full rather than half empty. Peter Jacobsen, professional golfer.

  27. It does not matter how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get up. Vince Lombardi, American football coach.

  28. A bad attitude is worse than a bad swing. Payne Stewart, professional golfer.

  29. I can’t control the naysayers. I can control my attitude and work ethic and determination and that’s what I’m focused on now. Tim Tebow, American football player.

  30. It takes hard work, dedication, discipline and a positive attitude to get to the top – in business or in sports. George Blanda, American football player.

  31. 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.

  32. Any guy who can maintain a positive attitude without much playing time certainly earns my respect. Magic Johnson, basketball player.

  33. Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. Lou Holtz, American football player.

  34. I’ve always had this attitude about no excuses. A belief that I can go on and do what I need to do. To go on, to succeed, regardless. Kyle Maynard, MMA.

  35. As a team, you need to come from behind every once in a while just to do it. Good for the attitude. It makes it exciting. And when everybody knows you have to throw it… that makes it fun too. Dan Marino, American football player.

  36. Throughout life, a positive attitude is important because without it one has a more difficult time achieving any measure of success, whether it be in school, athletics or the working world. Mike Webster, American football player.

  37. There really is no alternative because you just can’t be negative. And a huge part of developing that confidence is by working hard every day, and I don’t think that is limited to the baseball field. I think that bleeds over to all aspects of anything that you’re doing or working on in life. Mike Trout, baseball player.

  38. Attitude and enthusiasm play a big part in my life. I get excited about the things that inspire me. Dwayne Johnson, professional wrestler.

  39. If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges. Pat Riley, former basketball coach.

  40. Don’t focus on the negativity. Focus on the positivity and the people that want you to do well; then, do it for them and for yourself. –Roman Reigns, professional wrestler.

  41. Adversity can define you in a positive way. We’re all competitive in this, whether adversity happens to you in the professional life or whatever field you’re in, dive into a competitive reinvention process. Porter Moser, Basketball coach.

  42. You’ve got to bring your best. You’ve got to bring your A‑game and your A‑attitude to get ready to play. It sounds corny, but it’s true. Tom Crean, Basketball coach.

  43. Things go up and down, but you’ve just got to keep a positive mindset, keep working hard and just show a great attitude. Emmanuel Mudiay,  basketball player.

  44. Great effort springs naturally from great attitude. Pat Riley, former basketball coach.

  45. Your work ethic and attitude are two things you can control, and they’ll get you more opportunities in your lifetime than your talent alone. Mike Krzyzewski, basketball coach.

  46. So much of sport is that mental attitude. Phil Taylor, English darts player.

  47. Mentally, you can’t expect positive things to start happening in your life with a negative attitude. Jinder Mahal, professional wrestler.

  48. Even though we can’t always choose our circumstances, we can always choose our attitude in the circumstances. Tony Dungy, American football coach.


Sports Positive Thinking Quotes

  1. I’m a very positive thinker, and I think that is what helps me the most in difficult moments. Roger Federer, tennis player.

  2. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results. Wade Boggs, baseball player.

  3. What you are thinking, what shape your mind is in, is what makes the biggest difference of all. Willie Mays, baseball player.

  4. I only have positive thoughts in my mind. I’m not thinking anything negative. I’m thinking optimistically. Serena Williams, tennis player.

  5. We’re here in this moment. We’re going to stay in this moment. We’re going to think positive thoughts and we’re going to move forward. Draymond Green, basketball player.

  6. Positive thinking is the key to success in business, education, pro football, anything that you can mention. Ron Jaworski, football player.

  7. If you put negative thoughts into your mind, you’re going to get negative results. It’s just as true that if you put positive thoughts in your mind, you will be a recipient of positive results. Lou Holtz, American football 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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Also See:

Uplifting Sports Quotes About Strength

Inspiring Sports Mindset (Mentality) Quotes

Inspiring Sports Quotes About Integrity


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