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Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian Athlete of all time with 28 total medals.  One of the most recognized and admired athletes of all time, Phelps continues to inspire millions not only in the world of swimming, but also in other sports.  In his retirement, Phelps hopes to motivate a new generation of swimmers to achieving their goals and break records.

Here are some of Phelps’ most motivating quotes:

1. “When I feel tired, I just think about how great I will feel, once i finally reach my goal.” – Michael Phelps

2. “Swimming is normal for me.  I’m relaxed.  I’m comfortable, and I know my surroundings.  It’s my home.” – Michael Phelps

3. “It doesn’t matter what else is going on.  When you walk into your arena or you – whatever you excel at..  You’re there to take care of the job that you have to do.” – Michael Phelps

4. “The more you dream the more you achieve.” – Michael Phelps

5. “I won’t predict anything historic.  But nothing is impossible.” – Michael Phelps

6. “You can’t put a limit on anything.  The more you dream, the farther you get.” – Michael Phelps

7. “Every day after I wake up, I think, ‘Wait….this can’t be real; I’m going to still wake up.’” – Michael Phelps

8. “Things won’t go perfect.  It’s all about how you adapt from those things and learn from mistakes.” – Michael Phelps

9. “Records are always made to be broken no matter what they are.  Anybody can do anything that they set their mind to.” – Michael Phelps

10. “Perseverance, determination, commitment, and courage – those things are real.  The desire for redemption drives you.” – Michael Phelps

11. “I can’t remember the last day I didn’t train.” – Michael Phelps

12. “I don’t like to be second in anything.” – Michael Phelps

13. “The one thing that’s common to all successful people.  They make a habit of doing things that unsuccessful people don’t like to do.” – Michael Phelps

14. “I want to test my maximum and see how much I can do.” – Michael Phelps

15. “If you say ‘can’t’ you’re restricting what you can do or will ever do.” – Michael Phelps

16. “There are always going to be obstacles that come in your way, stay positive.” – Michael Phelps

17. “So many people along the way, whatever it is you aspire to do, will tell you it can’t be done.  But all it takes is imagination.  You dream.  You plan.  You reach.  There will be obstacles.  There will be doubters.  There will be mistakes.  But with hard work, with belief, with confidence and trust in yourself and those around you, there are no limits.” – Michael Phelps

18. “Nothing is impossible.  With so many people saying it couldn’t be done, all it takes is an imagination.” – Michael Phelps

19. “Records are made to be broken.” – Michael Phelps

20. “I found something I love…and never gave up.” – Michael Phelps

21. “I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.” – Michael Phelps

22. “If I didn’t swim my best, I’d think about it at school, at dinner, with my friends.  It would drive me crazy.” – Michael Phelps

23. “With so many people saying it couldn’t be done, all it takes is an imagination.” – Michael Phelps

24. “You have to have a dream so that you can get up in the morning.” – Michael Phelps

25. “I have a lot of goals, but I think that I just want to take it day by day.” – Michael Phelps

26. “I knew I was not a failure in any way, and so did those close to me.  It doesn’t matter if you fall short; it is never a failure to go after goals with everything you’ve got.” – Michael Phelps

27. “I think with practice, you can be whatever you want to be, and with a goal you can go in any direction that you want to go in.” – Michael Phelps

28. “I like to just think of myself as a normal person who just has a passion, has a goal and a dream and goes out and does it.  And that’s really how I’ve always lived my life.” – Michael Phelps

29. “I want to be able to look back and say, ‘I’ve done everything I can, and I was successful.’ I dont want to look back and say I should have done this or that.  I’d like to change things tof the younger generation of swimmers coming along.” – Michael Phelps

30. “I can only control my own performance.  If I do my best, then I can feel good at the end of the day.” – Michael Phelps

31. “Dream as big as you can dream, and anything is possible.” – Michael Phelps

32. “If you want to be the best, you have to do things that other people aren’t willing to do.” – Michael Phelps

33. “I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.” – Michael Phelps

34. “I listen to music before my competitions to get me pumped up.  It helps me stay focused.” – Michael Phelps

35. “I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and you put the work and time into it.  I think your mind really controls everything.” – Michael Phelps

Which Michael Phelps motivated you the most?  Comment below!

Joe Kleckner has a passion for all things motivation & self-development.  From blogs such as Addicted2Success, to the videos of Eric Thomas and Elliott Hulse, to the lectures of legends such as Tony Robbins.  This passion has landed him an internship with Addicted2Success. Follow him on Twitter & Snapchat as he journeys towards greatness, one day at a time.

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30 Most Famous Quotes of All Time to Motivate You

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It seems in the last decade or so, motivational quotes and inspirational quotes are front and center on Facebook and Instagram feeds. It’s no wonder why. They really do have that impactful kick to make you get up and do stuff!

I know for me, it was all these quotes that I kept reading that:

  • pushed me out of my comfort zone
  • gave me courage to smash goals
  • helped me believe in myself
  • soothed my broken heart sometimes
  • helped me out of rock bottom, and
  • kept me strong in times of trouble

Legends like Les Brown, Joel Brown and Tony Robbins motivated the crap out of me. I stayed strong and focused because of their powerful words. I mean, they did quote all these inspirational words to motivate us, no?

Of course they did. So I’ve searched high and low for the best and most empowering famous quotes of all time in hopes they inspire you like they did me. 

Do quotes really help?

The answer is yes and no. No they won’t work if you read them, brush them off and never feel the power of their words.

Yes they will work if you make them work for you and you want them too. Quotes are like affirmations. Many of us recant affirmations either as part of our morning routine, evening routine or just whenever we need a boost. 

When you read them and repeat them out loud and feel each and every word in every ounce of your being, they work!! Besides, I’m living proof they help. Empowering quotes have helped me out of rock bottom twice, depression a few times, and helped me smash and achieve goals. 

So yes, they work. And these most famous quotes I’ve chosen are famous for a reason. They have inspired, motivated and empowered millions of people around the world to chase their dreams, believe in themselves and never give up. 

Without further ado…

10 famous quotes on taking action and not giving up

1. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. ~Walt Disney

2. Anybody who ever accomplished anything big or new or worth raising a celebratory fist in the air did it from their comfort zone. They risked ridicule and failure and sometimes even death. ~Jen Sincero

3. Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, either way, you’re right. ~Henry Ford

4. The woman I am today would like to thank the woman I was 5 years ago for not giving up. You’re awesome. ~Iva Ursano

5. I’ll try is the battle cry of wimps. ~Tony Robbins

6. You must be the change you wish to see in the world ~Ghandi

7. If you judge people, you have no time to love them. ~Mother Teresa

8. Those who dare to fail miserably, can achieve greatly. ~John Kennedy

9. Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. ~Dalai Lama

10. I want to be in the arena. I want to be brave with my life. And when we make the choice to dare greatly, we sign up to get our asses kicked. We can choose courage, or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time. ~Brené Brown

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11. There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. ~Maya Angelou

12. If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have, you’ll never have enough. ~Oprah Winfrey

13. The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. ~Lao Tzu

14. The mind is everything. What you think you become. ~Buddha

15. Everything you do and every decision you make should be from a place of good. You should always be striving to make the world a better place. ~Les Brown

16. You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. ~Mae West

17. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too. ~Paulo Coelho

18. When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on. ~Franklin D.Roosevelt

19. If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. ~Napoleon Hill

20. Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ~George Bernard Shaw

10 famous quotes on success

21. The secret of getting ahead is getting started. ~Mark Twain

22. All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. ~Walt Disney

23. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. ~Martin Luther King Jr

24. Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies. ~Nelson Mandela

25. If you surround yourself with positive people who build you up, the sky’s the limit. ~Joel Brown

26. Tough times never last but tough people do. ~Robert H. Schuller

27. You miss 100% of the shots you never take. ~Wayne Gretzky

28. If you’re going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill

29. I have not failed. I just found 10,000 that won’t work. ~Thomas A. Edison

30. Often our most rewarding dreams are staring us right in the face but for some reason we focus on how hard things are, how we are scared of the unknown and what would happen if we failed. ~Joel Brown

Write them out!

I always tell people to write that out and stick it in a place you will see it and read it everyday. That’s how quotes work. 

My favourite famous quote of all time and one you should read over and over again, Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, either way you’re right. Read that when self doubt creeps in. 

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