The Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships are next week. That’s an event that marks the beginning of the competition season for many ice dancers. The perspective of the skaters (and their coaches and families) can make all the difference between a happy or miserable competition. In sports – and life in general – it’s too easy to get caught up in placements and success. But there are some quotes I find especially helpful. When my kids were competitive figure skaters, we always were happiest at competitions when we found
Even though it isn’t the very beginning of the year, this is still a good time to set goals (or reset goals). I’m a believer that even if you had resolutions you’ve already broken, it’s not too late to start again. Athletes are used to setting goals, but goals are useful for anyone. Here are my favorite goal quotes: “Goals are dreams with deadlines.” Diana Scharf Hunt “Goals determine what you’re going to be.” Julius Erving “Your mind has a way of putting limitations on your goals. When you persevere,
Top athletes have learned from experience what it takes to succeed in sports. While their quotes are great as sports quotes, I find them equally valuable for success in life. Following are some of the best quotes from athletes. There are even some quotes about what’s more important than external success. “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life.
I love the quote by Vince Gill that says, Success is always temporary. When all is said and done, the only thing you’ll have left is your character. That thought is relevant for anyone, but I think it’s especially important for athletes and anyone in a field that focuses on winning and success. Michael Josephson has a character-education program I love called Character Counts. The program can be used anywhere but is especially popular in schools and athletics. It emphasizes six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.
I’m a real fan of quotes to motivate athletes – and everyone else! A few weeks ago, I wrote about sports helping athletes develop qualities like self-confidence and self-motivation that lead to success in life. Last week, I talked about success and spirituality. Here’s my list of the best success quotes for sports or life in general. “The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.” Benjamin Disraeli “Unless you’re willing to have a go, fail miserably, and have another
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Awaken the Olympian Within: Stories from America’s Greatest Olympic Motivators Compiled by John Naber 267 pp Griffin Publishing Group It often seems that successful athletes who have had painful failures have the most wisdom to share. Speed skater Dan Jansen is a good example. Dan Jansen shares his wisdom in one of the 27 inspiring stories from Awaken the Olympian Within: Stories from America’s Greatest Olympic Motivators compiled by John Naber. Dan Jansen’s advice is in a chapter called “There’s More to Life Than Skating Around in a