By Linnea Zielinski
Struggling with motivation? That's completely normal. No one is motivated to chase after their fitness goals every second of every day. What separates the goods from the greats, though, is the ability to keep showing up — no matter how they're feeling.
If you need a kick in the butt to get you there, check out these inspirational quotes from our LADDER athletes:
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1. You are your own competition.
"I'm just competing with myself, and that makes me better. If you give me two tries, I can do better the second try." —All-Star Shortstop Trea Turner
2. Decide who you're going to be.
“Are you going to be one of those people who backs off every time something is difficult? Or do you want to be one of those people who says, 'Look, it doesn't matter if it's easy or difficult. I am going to go crush it. That's me.'" —Arnold Schwarzenegger
3. The good stuff takes work.
“Everybody kind of wants instant oatmeal and they want to be able to just make it happen right away. But I don't think anything in life is worth having if it's not worth working for." —LADDER Founder and Basketball Legend Lebron James
4. Find your ring.
“As soon as I step in the ring, I know that that's where I belong. I'm ready to go in there and give it all I got." —Undefeated Boxing World Champion Seniesa Estrada
5. When you can't stay motivated, stay consistent.
“Be consistent with your craft. Becoming great takes determination, discipline, and sacrifice." —Paralympic Gold Medalist Jorge Sanchez
6. Life is a marathon, not a sprint.
“One bad game or bad run doesn't define who you are. It's the courage and the discipline you bring every day that defines you." —Ultramarathoner Bec Wilcock
7. Never compromise your goals.
"You have to go into every workout with purpose. You have to set your mind to a specific goal and not get tempted to change it just because things get hard." —CrossFit Games Athlete Steph Chung
8. Train with intensity.
"Go to the gym and actually fucking work out. I kill it for an hour while I'm in there, and I'm exhausted after I'm done — I'm pushing myself to my limit every time. I take this shit seriously." —AEW wrestler Kaun
9. Be comfortable with discomfort.
“I am OK with being uncomfortable because I think it brings out the best in me." —Lebron
10. Tune out the noise.
"I don't feel any pressure from anybody because there's enough pressure that I put on myself." —Bobby Wagner, middle linebacker.
11. Be limitless.
"When I told people I wanted to be a wrestler, they'd say 'I could never do that.' You don't think you can step out of your comfort zone and take a chance to live out your dream?" —Kaun
12. Belief > motivation.
“Believe in yourself and be relentless in the pursuit of your dreams." —Sanchez
13. Be obsessive about your craft.
"I'm always thinking about the game in some way. It's a lifestyle; it doesn't ever really stop." —Wagner
14. Work even when no one's watching.
"When you take it easy on yourself, you're the only one that knows." —Chung
15. Reset your status quo.
“The most important thing is to not get comfortable with where you are. You can always be better. So that's what I strive for." —Estrada
16. Limits come from within.
“There are no limits in this world — only the ones we set ourselves." —Sanchez
17. Be prepared to climb.
"You can't climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets." —Schwarzenegger
18. Have a short memory.
"Some days, you're not going to be very good. But just pick it back up and get back out there the next day and give everything you've got." —Turner
19. You can't have a rose without some thorns.
“There's gonna be obstacles, there's going to be adversity, there's gonna be uncomfortable situations that challenge you — and I think that's all part of it." —Lebron
20. It's not always about the destination.
“Regardless of whether you finish, or the result on that one day, the journey made you who you are today." —Wilcock