Enjoy 20 great basketball quotes about commitment and desire.
"There are no short-cuts in reaching the goals you set for yourself."
Motivational words from coaching legends like Tom Landry, John Wooden and others will inspire anyone in pursuit of a goal.
Whether you are trying to inspire someone on the court or in life, you'll find lots of wisdom in these meaningful quotes.
"If I am through learning, I am through." – John Wooden
"The problem with many athletes is they take themselves seriously and their sport lightly." – Michael Waltrip
"The single-mindedness necessary to fight one's way to the top, in no matter what sport, is something not shared by the majority of mortals." – Paul Gallico
"It is not strength but desire that moves us."
"Heart in champions has to do with the depth of our motivation and how well your mind and body react to pressure – that is, being able to do what you do best under maximum pain and stress." – Bill Russell
"It's not the will to win that matters – everyone has that. It's the will to prepare to win that matters." – Paul Bryant
"All athletic accomplishments begin with volition; that is, the desire and willpower necessary to succeed. Volition affects more than thoughts and feelings – it affects physical performance." – Charles Garfield
"The surest way not to fail is to determine to succeed." – Sheridan
"People do not lack strength; they lack will." – Victor Hugo
"A winner never stops trying." – Tom Landry
"Talent is not enough. It's an important component in a successful performance, but it's really only a starting point." – Tony DiCicco
"Give your dreams all you've got, and you'll be amazed at the energy that
comes out of you." – William James
"There is a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results." – Ken Blanchard
"Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." – Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Learn as if you were to live forever; live as if you were to die tomorrow."
– from They Call Me Coach by John Wooden
"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence regardless of their chosen field of endeavor." - Unknown
"Realize that the hardest step in achieving anything is making a true commitment." – Anthony Robbins
"Look within. Within is the fountain of good and it will bubble up, if thou will ever dig." – Marcus Aurelius
COMMITMENT: "Determination is often the first chapter in the book of excellence."
"A successful person realizes his personal responsibility for self-motivation. He starts with himself because he possesses the key to his own ignition switch." – Kemmons Wilson
"In life, never spend more than 10 percent of your time on the problem, and spend at least 90 percent of your time on the solution." – Anthony Robbins
"When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece." – John Ruskin
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