Powerful words of wisdom. – Flow Sport

Powerful words of wisdom.

Sometimes a particular quote can hit us at the right time to spur on some change in perspective or behaviour. Here's some favourites!
"Good athletes perform well when they are thinking and feeling good, Great athletes perform well no matter what they are thinking and feeling"
​- Unknown

"It's not the critic who counts; not the man who points our how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds' who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worth cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." 
-Theodore Roosevelt

"I've failed over and over again in my life. That is why, I succeed." 
-Michael Jordan

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take"
-Wayne Gretsky

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive and then do that. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive." 
-Howard Thurman

"If we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life."
-Greg Anderson

"No matter how many headaches you have in life, all that sort of goes away as soon as you stand up on a wave, you are solely, intently focused on what is two feet in front of you and processing what is going to be coming after that."
-Ian Walsh

"Know yourself and you will win all battles"
-Lao Tzu

"A champion is someone who gets up when he cant"
-Jack Dempsey

"If you have everything under control, you're not moving fast enough"
Mario Andretti

" The greatest glory lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."
- Nelson Mandela

"If the only tool you have is a hammer, you'll see every problem as a nail"  

"If you're not failing regularly, then you are living so far from your comfort zone you're failing anyway!"
"Then I spoke of the many opportunities of giving life a meaning. I told my comrades...that human life, under any circumstances has meaning... I said that someone looks down on each of us in difficult hours - a friend, a wife, somebody dead or alive, or a God - and he would expect us to disappoint him...I saw the miserable figures of my friends limping toward me to thank me with tears in their eyes." 
Viktor Frankl

“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.”
T. E. Lawrence

"There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so"
William Shakespeare
We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses. 
Carl Jung
The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced. 
Zen Saying
If you don't know where you are going, you might not get there. 
Yogi Berra
Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans. 
John Lennon
Right now a moment of time is passing by!... We must become that moment.
Paul Cezanne
Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. 
Helen Keller
The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
 Albert Einstein
The only way out is through.
Robert Frost
If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance.
Orville Wright
It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.
e. e. cummings
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.
The Wizard of Oz
When suffering knocks at your door and you say there is no seat for him, he tells you not to worry because he has brought his own stool.
Chinua Achebe
I used to think that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body. Then I realized who was telling me this.  
Emo Phillips
Our one true home is in the present moment.
Thich Nhat Hanh
You can observe a lot just by watching.
Yogi Berra
When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less important whether I am afraid.
Audre Lorde
It takes a deep commitment to change and an even deeper commitment to grow. — Ralph Ellison
When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it's bottomless, that it doesn’t have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space.
Pema Chodron
When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
Wayne Dyer
It's like you're surfing… The same wave that can be a source of pain can be a beautiful flowing grace and source of power. It's all a matter of how you respond to it.
Trey Anastasio
It is only by practicing through a continual succession of agreeable and disagreeable situations that we acquire true strengths. To accept that pain is inherent and to live our lives from this understanding is to create the causes and conditions for happiness. — Suzuki Roshi
Seventy percent of success in life is showing up. — Woody Allen
In the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
Abraham Lincoln
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.
Jim Elliot
Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary. 
Mark Twain
Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. 
Ferris Bueller
Be the change you wish to see in the world.
All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Experience is the teacher of all things
Julius Caesar
In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present. 
Sir Francis Bacon
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
Mother Teresa
If there is no struggle, there is no progress. 
Frederick Douglass
Humour is mankind's greatest blessing.
  Mark Twain
Make each day your masterpiece. 
John Wooden
Never despair; but if you do, work on in despair.
 Edmund Burke
When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
Yogi Berra
You can hold yourself back from the sufferings of the world, this is something you are free to do and is in accordance with your nature, but perhaps precisely this holding back is the only suffering that you might be able to avoid. 
Franz Kafka
Uncertainty is not a pleasant condition; but certainty is absurd.
Fear doesn't go away but you walk toward fear naked and the gate opens.
When a great ship is in harbour and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.
 Clarissa Pinkola Estes
You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.
Joseph Goldstein
Do not look back in anger, or forward in fear, but around in awareness.
James Thurber
Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
 Guillaume Apollinaire
The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt.
Thomas Merton
The civilized man has built a coach, but has lost the use of his feet.
 Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default. 
J.K. Rowling
You can close your eyes to the things you don't want to see, but you can't close your heart to the things you don't want to feel.
It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.
 Lena Horne
Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.
I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life - and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do. 
Georgia O'Keeffe
Life is not tried, it is merely survived if you're standing outside the fire.
Garth Brooks
The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present.
Abraham Lincoln
Do one thing every day that scares you.
Eleanor Roosevelt
In the beginning the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.
Douglas Adams
Humans think they are smarter than dolphins because we build cars and buildings and start wars etc… and all that dolphins do is swim in the water, eat fish and play around. Dolphins believe that they are smarter for exactly the same reasons.
 Douglas Adams
Wisdom and compassion flow from simplicity and clarity; from having nothing to prove and nothing to defend. 
 Barry Magid