I love reading great inspirational quotes! People who came before us shared bits of wisdom, moments of inspiration, and verbal wake up calls. Some quotes give you the kick in the butt you need. Others serve as confirmation of something you doubt in your own journey.
At the end of this article, you’ll find some suggestions for how you can use these quotes for staying focused and on track toward your goals.
Without further ado, here are some of my favorite inspirational quotes for fastpitch softball players!
“Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.”
–George Herman “Babe” Ruth
“My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.”
“To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.”
“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
“Baseball is a game where a curve is an optical illusion, a screwball can be a pitch or a person, stealing is legal and you can spit anywhere you like except in the umpire’s eye or on the ball.”
“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
“The best way to predict your future is to create it.”
“People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.”
“The harder you train, the easier the game.”
Winning and Losing Quotes
“We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat.”
“I never expect to lose. Even when I’m the underdog, I still prepare a victory speech.”
–H. Jackson Browne
“The minute you start talking about what you’re going to do if you lose, you have lost.”
“The act of taking the first step is what separates the winners from the losers.”
“The day you take complete responsibility for yourself, the day you stop making any excuses, thats the day you start to the top.”
“When you win, nothing hurts.”
“If you cannot win, make the one ahead of you break the record.”
“You can’t be a winner and be afraid to lose.”
“Never let defeat have the last word.”
“Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, this time more wisely.”
“Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.”
“Regardless of what you do put in, every game boils down to doing the things you do best and doing them over and over again.”
“The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.”
“If a tie is like kissing your sister, losing is like kissing you grandmother with her teeth out. ”
“Success demands singleness of purpose.”
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”
“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”
“Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will all be judged by only one thing – the result.”
“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.”
–Vincent T. Lombardi
“The most important key to achieving great success is to decide upon your goal and launch, get started, take action, move.”
– John Wooden
“Success is not permanent. The same is also true of failure.”
“Success comes before work only in the dictionary.”
“Some people dream of success… while others wake up and work hard at it.”
“Champions keep playing until they get it right.”
–Billie Jean King
“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.”
Attitude and Mindset Quotes
“I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability, it was my mental ability. ”
“Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.”
“Keep your mind on the things you want and off the things you don’t want.”
–Hannah Whitall Smith
“To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are.”
“Act as though it is impossible to fail.”
“I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot… when you think about the consequences you always think of a negative result.”
“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”
“View every problem as an opportunity…”
“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”
Mistakes and Adversity Quotes
“There are no mistakes, save one: the failure to learn from a mistake.”
– Robert Fripp
“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way; if you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”
“Acknowledge that you failed, draw your lessons from it, and use it to your advantage to make sure it never happens again.”
– Michael Johnson
“Others can stop you temporarily — you are the only one who can do it permanently.”
How to Use These Inspirational Quotes
So you’ve read the quotes and feel great. Now what?
What can you do now so that these quotes have a more lasting impact than this motivated feeling you have now?
Here are a few ideas for you
Coaches and Parents
Coaches and parents can use these quotes in the same way. The only difference is that coaches will use them for an entire team, whereas parents only utilize these ideas with their own children. Here they are…
~ Send athletes to this page ~
Have your players/child(ren) visit this page and read through the inspirational quotes. Let them choose 2-3 of their favorite quotes and write them in their own style (i.e. in their own colors, own lettering, etc) on a blank piece of paper or small poster board. Encourage them to have fun with it! They can make it colorful and big enough to read easily. This activity gives them time to really connect with and “digest” the quotes they choose vs just reading them and forgetting them.
You can also have them choose one of those inspirational quotes and have them memorize it. Give them a few days, maybe even a week, and have them share their favorite inspirational quote with you from memory once that time period is up.
When I did this with my team, I gave them the “assignment” on Monday. I let them know I’d be asking them about their favorite quote on Wednesday (game day). Before we started our pre-game warm-up on Wednesday, I took time to approach players one by one and asked them to share their quote with me. They had fun choosing and sharing their favorite quote and it helped put them in a positive frame of mind going into the game.
~ Make a Softball Folder ~
Make folders for your player(s) to keep useful articles, “assignments”, goals, and other important paperwork in. Players enjoy having a designated place to keep these things. It’s a great resources they can lean back on it any time they need to re-focus, review goals, or get inspiration. It becomes a personal, tangible, resource they can look over at their leisure in the privacy of their own home. Feel free to include articles from this site to include in your sports folder.
Read through the inspirational quotes above and choose a few of your favorites. Post your favorite inspirational quotes in areas that you view frequently.
Here are a few suggestions that may work for you:
- Near your bed – you’ll see it every night before you go to sleep and every morning when you wake up in the morning
- On the ceiling above your bed – it’ll be the last thing you see before you go to sleep and the first thing you see when you wake up in the morning
- Next to your bathroom mirror
- First page in the binder you use most for school
- On the cover of your school binder or school books
- In your school locker, athletic locker, or both
Another fun thing to do is turn your favorite quote into an image and post it to your social media account(s).
Step 1: Choose one quote a week
Step 2: Copy it (including who said it)
Step 3: Paste the quote into JusGramm, InstaQuote, Canva or your favorite image making app/website and turn it into an image.
Step 4: Post your quote of the week to your favorite social media account(s).
Step5: Don’t forget to tag me! I’d LOVE to see what you share ~ @staciemahoe #staciemahoe