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35 Motivating Michael Phelps Quotes

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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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