Mental toughness is the ability for a person to push through tough and trying times without losing faith or confidence. This is no better explained than through mental toughness quotes from people who have beaten the odds this way.
It’s hard to understand mental toughness in a tangible way. Some people seem to have it, while others don’t. Although I think we are all capable of showing incredible mental toughness when pushed.
Looking at sports professionals, record breakers, famous world figures, anyone who has done something great. They have all shown mental fortitude and all have mental toughness quotes to inspire us to be stronger minded.
Here are some powerful, iconic, motivating, and inspirational quotes to show you that being mentally strong can push us to greatness. If others can do it, so can you.
30 Mental Toughness Quotes to Strengthen Your Mindset
It’s amazing how much of this is mental. Everybody’s in good shape. Everybody knows how to ski. Everybody has good equipment. When it really boils down to it, it’s who wants it the most and who’s the most confident. – Reggie Crist
If you want something in your life you’ve never had, you’ll have to do something, you’ve never done. – JD Houston
Players today put too much emphasis on lifting weights, low body fat and big muscles that they think make them look good — all that bull shit. What you need to play hockey is heart and determination, and the ability to stay mentally strong. Mental strength beat physical strength any day. – Phil Esposito
Your toughness is made up of equal parts persistence and experience. You don’t so much outrun your opponents as outlast and outsmart them, and the toughest opponent of all is the one inside your head. – Joe Henderson
Competing is like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you’re tired. You quit when the gorilla is tired. – Alan Stein
To find what you seek in the road of life, the best proverb of all is that which says: Leave no stone unturned. – Edward Bulwer Lytton
Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose–a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye. – Mary Shelley
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
He who hesitates is lost. – Proverb
Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome. – Samuel Johnson
Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action. – Benjamin Disraeli
The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible. – Arthur C. Clarke
It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, Always do what you are afraid to do. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
No great man ever complains of want of opportunities. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure…life is either a daring adventure or nothing. – Helen Keller
You were not born a winner, and you were not born a loser. You are what you make yourself be. – Lou Holtz
People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do. – Lewis Cass
To be always intending to make a new and better life but never to find time to set about it is as…to put off eating and drinking and sleeping from one day to the next until you’re dead. – Og Mandino
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. – Lao Tzu
You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do. – Henry Ford
Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill. – Muhammad Ali
A champion is someone who gets up, even when he can’t. – Jack Dempsey
Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you will do. Attitude determines how well you do it. – Lou Holtz
If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right. – Henry Ford
Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t. -Jerry Rice
The day you stop learning and wanting/trying to be better is the day mediocrity becomes your goal! -Seth M. Quealy
I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot . . . when you think about the consequences you always think of a negative result. -Michael Jordan
Start taking steps in the direction of where you want to end up. It’s not a complicated process! -Seth M. Quealy
Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your own two ears.- Laird Hamilton
Mental toughness is not letting anyone break you. – Jimi Mitchell
Phil lives in England, UK, and has around 20 years experience as a professional life, career and executive coach. He started this blog to help others find and define their own self development journey. Blogging about a wide range of topics to help facilitate a better future.