There are days where you leave a game feeling like you’re on top of the world — you practically flew around the field, you were always 10 steps ahead of your opponent, and every time your foot touched the ball, it was like magic. It was a perfect game.
But sometimes, you leave feeling tired, defeated, or even embarrassed, and it can be hard to want to return to the field. Don’t let your bad days define you! These quotes from some incredible athletes will motivate you to push yourself, embrace mistakes, and fall back in love with soccer.
If You Don’t Want to Practice
“Most people focus on the wrong thing: they focus on the result, not the process. The process is the sacrifice, it’s all the hard parts; the sweat, the pain, the tears, the losses. You make the sacrifices anyway. You learn to enjoy them, or at least embrace them. In the end, it is the sacrifices that must fulfill you.” — Ronda Rousey
“Today, do what others don’t, so tomorrow you can accomplish what others can’t.” — Simone Biles
“I don't know [the] secret to success, but I'm pretty sure the closest thing is preparation.” — Michelle Kwan
If You Lost
“Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.” — Wilma Rudolph
“Failure I can live with. Not trying is what I can’t handle!” — Sanya Richards-Ross
“Acknowledge your small victories. They will eventually add up to something great.” — Kara Goucher
If You Need to Push Yourself
“You will never regret putting your best effort in everything you do. However, if you don’t give it your very best, you will always wonder what might have been.” — Aly Raisman
“That wall is your mind playing tricks on you. You just need to say, ‘One more step, I can do this. I have more in me.’ You’ll be so proud of yourself once you push past your threshold.” — Kerri Walsh
“Keep working, even when no one is watching.” — Alex Morgan
Looking for additional inspiration to help you take your skills to the next level? Come check out our Orlando women’s soccer athletes at their next game, or take a look at our blog for more tips, tricks, and drills.