David Goggins quotes

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The most important conversations you’ll ever have are the ones you’ll have with yourself. You wake up with them, you walk around with them, you go to bed with them, and eventually, you act on them. Whether they be good or bad. We are all our own worst haters and doubters because self-doubt is a natural reaction to any bold attempt to change your life for the better. You can’t stop it from blooming in your brain, but you can neutralize it, and all the other external chatter by asking, What if? David Goggins quotes

A lot of us don’t know about another world that exists for us because it’s on the other side of suffering. That’s the real growth in life. David Goggins

If you can get through doing things that you hate to do, on the other side is greatness. David Goggins

You have to build calluses on your brain just like how you build calluses on your hands. Callus your mind through pain and suffering. David Goggins

Everything in life is a mind game! Whenever we get swept under by life’s dramas, large and small, we are forgetting that no matter how bad the pain gets, no matter how harrowing the torture, all bad things end. David Goggins

Motivation is crap. Motivation comes and goes. When you’re driven, whatever is in front of you will get destroyed. David Goggins

I don’t stop when I’m tired. I stop when I’m done. David Goggins

In order for me to be the person that I wanted to become, I saw myself as the weakest person (that God) ever created. I wanted to change that into being the hardest man ever created. David Goggins

The things that we decide to run from are the truth. When you make excuses, you’re running from the truth. David Goggins

Greatness pulls mediocrity into the mud. Get out there and get after it. David Goggins

Our culture has become hooked on the quick-fix, the life hack, efficiency. Everyone is on the hunt for that simple action algorithm that nets maximum profit with the least amount of effort. There’s no denying this attitude may get you some of the trappings of success, if you’re lucky, but it will not lead to a calloused mind or self-mastery. If you want to master the mind and remove your governor, you’ll have to become addicted to hard work. Because passion and obsession, even talent, are only useful tools if you have the work ethic to back them up. David Goggins

You are stopping you. You are giving up instead of getting hard. David Goggins

In life, there is no gift as overlooked or inevitable as failure. I’ve had quite a few and have learned to relish them because if you do the forensics you’ll find clues about where to make adjustments and how to eventually accomplish your task. David Goggins

You may lose the battle of the morning but don’t lose the war of the day. David Goggins

When you think that you are done, you’re only 40% into what your body’s capable of doing. That’s just the limits that we put on ourselves. David Goggins

You are in danger of living a life so comfortable and soft, that you will die without ever realizing your true potential. David Goggins

It’s easier to accept the fact that you’re just not good enough. We all have a lot more than we think we have. David Goggins

Know why you’re in the fight to stay in the fight! And never forget that all emotional and physical anguish is finite! David Goggins

It won’t always go your way, so you can’t get trapped in this idea that just because you’ve imagined a possibility for yourself that you somehow deserve it. Your entitled mind is dead weight. Cut it loose. Don’t focus on what you think you deserve. Take aim on what you are willing to earn! David Goggins

Be more than motivated, be more than driven, become literally obsessed to the point where people think you’re f*cking nuts. David Goggin

Life is one big tug of war between mediocrity and trying to find your best self. David Goggins

The more things you can do to get outside of that zone that makes you feel good, the stronger your mind is going to get… It’s not fun, but now my mind is used to it. David Goggins

The Buddha famously said that life is suffering. I’m not a Buddhist, but I know what he meant and so do you. To exist in this world, we must contend with humiliation, broken dreams, sadness, and loss. David Goggins

We’re either getting better or we’re getting worse. David Goggins

This one’s for the unusual motherf*ckers in this world. A lot of people think that once they reach a certain level of status, respect, or success, that they’ve made it in life. I’m here to tell you that you always have to find more. Greatness is not something that if you meet it once it stays with you forever. That shit evaporates like a flash of oil in a hot pan. David Goggins

Mental toughness is a lifestyle. David Goggins

Every morning in our lives, we have a choice to make. You have the choice to stay in bed and say ‘Forget it, I’m not going to work out today.’ or ‘Forget it, I’m not going to work hard today.’ That’s your choice that you make every single day of your life. Make the right decision. David Goggin

You’re gonna fail, you’re gonna be in your head, and you’re gonna be saying I’m not good enough. It’s about how you overcome that. David Goggins

You build calluses on your feet to endure the road. David Goggins

Pain unlocks a secret doorway in the mind, one that leads to both peak performance, and beautiful silence. David Goggins

Believe it or not, most people prefer delusion. They blame others or bad luck or chaotic circumstance. David Goggins

Only you can master your mind, which is what it takes to live a bold life filled with accomplishments most people consider beyond their capability. David Goggins

We live in a world where a lot of people need goals, motivation, and a lot of other words to get started. It’s just a big excuse to not get started. David Goggins

To make fun of or try to intimidate someone they didn’t even know based on race alone was a clear indication that something was very wrong with them, not me. David Goggins

It’s about what we do with opportunities revoked or presented to us that determine how a story ends. David Goggins

You are stopping you, you are giving up instead of getting hard. David Goggins

You gotta start your journey. It may suck, but eventually, you will come out the other side on top.  David Goggins

From the time you take your first breath, you become eligible to die. You also become eligible to find your greatness and become the one warrior. David Goggins

Always be willing to embrace ignorance, because that is the only way to expand your body of knowledge and body of work. It’s the only way to expand your mind. David Goggins

I understand the temptation to sell short, but I also know that impulse is driven by your mind’s desire for comfort, and it’s not telling you the truth. It’s your identity trying to find sanctuary, not help you grow. It’s looking for status quo, not reaching for greatness. David Goggins

Don’t worry about the elements around you and what’s going on. You gotta get out there and get it. David Goggins

Life is the most brutal endurance sport of all time! David Goggins

We are all great. No matter if you think you’re dumb, fat, been bullied, we all have greatness. You gotta find the courage. It’s going to be hard work, discipline, and the non-cognitive skills – hard work, dedication, sacrifice – that will set you apart. David Goggins

life is one long motherf**king imaginary game that has no scoreboard, no referee, and isn’t over until we’re dead and buried. David Goggins

If you want to get better, do the things that no-one else wants to do. David Goggins

We have the ability to go in such a space, if you’re willing to suffer, and I mean suffer, your brain and body once connected together, can do anything. David Goggins

As humans, we’re reading books everyday to try to figure out how to be someone else.  What we don’t do is go inside, turn ourselves inside out, and read our own story. You have to look inside to find out what you really want. David Goggins

A true leader stays exhausted, abhors arrogance, and never looks down on the weakest link. He fights for his men and leads by example. That’s what it meant to be uncommon among uncommon. It meant being one of the best and helping your men find their best too. David Goggins

People take classes on self-help, mental toughness, breathing control – the only way to get tougher is to put yourself in hellacious situations. David Goggins

You will never learn from people if you always tap dance around the truth. David Goggins

The worst thing that can happen to a man is to become civilized. David Goggins

In the military we always say we don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training, David Goggins

Anyone who is of sound mind and body can sit down and think of twenty things in their life that could have gone differently. Where maybe they didn’t get a fair shake and where they took the path of least resistance. If you’re one of the few who acknowledge that, want to callous those wounds, and strengthen your character, it’s up to you to go back through your past and make peace with yourself by facing those incidents and all of your negative influences, and accepting them as weak spots in your own character. Only when you identify and accept your weaknesses will you finally stop running from your past. Then those incidents can be used more efficiently as fuel to become better and grow stronger. David Goggins

I was the sum total of the obstacles I’d overcome. David Goggins

We all need small sparks, small accomplishments in our lives to fuel the big ones. Think of your small accomplishments as kindling. When you want a bonfire, you don’t start by lighting a big log. You collect some witch’s hair—a small pile of hay or some dry, dead grass. You light that, and then add small sticks and bigger sticks before you feed your tree stump into the blaze. Because it’s the small sparks, which start small fires, that eventually build enough heat to burn the whole f*cking forest down. David Goggins

But what put distance between me and almost everybody else in that platoon is that I didn’t let my desire for comfort rule me. David Goggins

It’s funny, humans tend to hatch our most challenging goals and dreams, the ones that demand our greatest effort yet promise absolutely nothing when we are tucked into our comfort zones. David Goggins

Most of this generation quits the second they get talked to. It’s so easy to be great nowadays because most people are just weak, If you have any mental toughness, any fraction of self-discipline – the ability to not want to do it, but still do it – you’ll be successful. David Goggins

I thought I’d solved a problem when really I was creating new ones by taking the path of least resistance. David Goggins

A lot of us don’t know about another world that exists for us because it’s on the other side of suffering. That’s the real growth in life. David Goggins

No one is going to come help you. No one’s coming to save you. David Goggins

When you fall down, focus on the solution, not the problem. You might quit or fail 100 times. Keep that clear picture of where you want to be. David Goggins

Comfort zones: If you live in one too long… that becomes your norm. Get comfortable being uncomfortable. David Goggins

The vast majority of us are slaves to our minds. Most don’t even make the first effort when it comes to mastering their thought process because it’s a never-ending chore and impossible to get right every time. David Goggins

You want to be uncommon amongst uncommon people. Period. David Goggins

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. David Goggins

The reason it’s important to push hardest when you want to quit the most is because it helps you callous your mind. David Goggins

like the Taoists say, those that know don’t speak, and those who speak, well, they don’t know jack s*it. David Goggins

Don’t limit expectations of yourself and settle for anything less than what you are truly capable of achieving. David Goggins

You are giving up instead of getting hard! Tell the truth about the real reasons for your limitations and you will turn that negativity, which is real, into jet fuel. Those odds stacked against you will become a damn runway! David Goggins

We all like to take this four-lane highway, but we always step over the shovel. All I did was pick up that shovel and made my own path. David Goggins

The hard part is getting to that point, because the ticket to victory often comes down to bringing your very best when you feel your worst. David Goggins

Denial is the ultimate comfort zone. David Goggins

We live in a world with a lot of insecure, jealous people. Some of them are our best friends. They are blood relatives. Failure terrifies them. So does our success. Because when we transcend what we once thought possible, push our limits, and become more, our light reflects off all the walls they’ve built up around them. Your light enables them to see the contours of their own prison, their own self-limitations. But if they are truly the great people you always believed them to be, their jealousy will evolve, and soon their imagination might hop its fence, and it will be their turn to change for the better. David Goggins

But visualization isn’t simply about daydreaming of some trophy ceremony—real or metaphorical. You must also visualize the challenges that are likely to arise and determine how you will attack those problems when they do. That way you can be as prepared as possible on the journey. David Goggins

To those people who say ‘I’m good’ – You aint good man, you ain’t never (expletive) arrived. That’s just my mentality… You may have more than I do, but you’ve never (expletive) arrived. David Goggins

But you don’t have to let your doubt into the cockpit! You can tolerate doubt as a backseat driver, but if you put doubt in the pilot’s seat, defeat is guaranteed. Remembering that you’ve been through difficulties before and have always survived to fight again shifts the conversation in your head. It will allow you to control and manage doubt, and keep you focused on taking each and every step necessary to achieve the task at hand. David Goggins

Even if you are hurting, never let your competition see the look of defeat or even vulnerability on your face. David Goggins

Don’t get mad at others because life is kicking your ass. David Goggins

It’s so easy to be great nowadays, because everyone else is weak. David Goggins

The bottom line is that life is one big mind game. The only person you are playing against is yourself. David Goggins

To those people who say ‘I’m good’, you ain’t good man, you ain’t never (expletive) arrived. That’s just my mentality. You may have more than I do, but you’ve never (expletive) arrived. David Goggins

It may be satisfactory, but that’s another word for mediocrity. David Goggins

Teach yourself that it isn’t ok to take the easy way out. Make sure you are bothered by the things you set out to do but did not complete or make time for in the day. David Goggins

You must recognize what you are about to do, highlight what you do not like about it, and spend time visualizing each and every obstacle you can. David Goggins

You can will yourself to do almost anything you want. David Goggins

It’s a lot more than mind over matter. It takes relentless self discipline to schedule suffering into your day, every day. David Goggins

By the time I graduated, I knew that the confidence I’d managed to develop didn’t come from a perfect family or God-given talent. It came from personal accountability which brought me self-respect, and self-respect will always light a way forward. David Goggins

In this life, we’re either getting better or we’re getting worse. David Goggins

No matter who you are, who your parents are or were, where you live, what you do for a living, or how much money you have, you’re probably living at about 40 percent of your true capability. David Goggins

I’m a big believer of doing something that sucks every single day of your life. I believe it’s a key component into strengthening your mind. David Goggins

There is no more time to waste. Hours and days evaporate like creeks in the desert. That’s why it’s okay to be cruel to yourself as long as you realize you’re doing it to become better. David Goggins

My work ethic is the single most important factor in all of my accomplishments. David Goggins

We like to live our lives on social media with lies about ourselves about how great we are. Get to the source! Fix the problem. David Goggins

The human body can withstand and accomplish a hell of a lot more than most of us think possible, and that it all begins and ends in the mind. David Goggins

Most wars are won or lost in our own heads, and when we’re in a foxhole we usually aren’t alone, and we need to be confident in the quality of the heart, mind, and dialogue of the person hunkered down with us. Because at some point we will need some empowering words to keep us focused and deadly. David Goggins

The only reason why I became successful was because I went towards the truth. As painful and as brutal as it is, it changed me. It allowed me, in my own right, to become the person who I am today. David Goggins

Continue to put obstacles in front of yourself, because that’s where you’ll find the friction that will help you grow even stronger. Before you know it, you will stand alone. David Goggins

Heraclitus, a philosopher born in the Persian Empire back in the fifth century BC, had it right when he wrote about men on the battlefield. “Out of every one hundred men,” he wrote, “ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior… David Goggins

If you’re willing to suffer, and I mean suffer, your brain and body once connected together, can do anything. David Goggins

No matter what avenue I choose, I want to be the very best. And, the very best may not be #1, but the very best may be ‘Did I leave everything inside of me out there? David Goggins

You can’t let a simple failure derail your mission, or let it worm so far up your ass it takes over your brain and sabotages your relationships with people who are close to you. Everyone fails sometimes and life isn’t supposed to be fair, much less bend to your every whim. David Goggins

You’re not going to find greatness by looking in a book or by listening to me. I may give you the spark, but you’ve got to go inside yourself to find it. David Goggins

I don’t stop when I’m tired. I stop when I’m done. David Goggins

It’s going to be hard work, discipline, and the non-cognitive skills – hard work, dedication, sacrifice – that will set you apart. David Goggins

Success is based off of your willingness to work your ass off no matter what obstacles are in your way. David Goggins

Everybody wants a quick fix like 6-minute abs – you may get some results from it, but those results won’t be permanent. The permanent results come from you having to suffer. You have to make that a tattoo on your brain so that when the hard time comes again, you don’t forget it. David Goggins

Thicken your skin. Become more of a human being. Don’t be afraid of the reflection in the mirror. David Goggins

To those people who say ‘I’m good’ – You ain’t good man, you ain’t never (expletive) arrived. That’s just my mentality… You may have more than I do, but you’ve never (expletive) arrived. David Goggins

We live in a society where mediocrity is often rewarded. David Goggins

Tell yourself the truth! That you’ve wasted enough time, and that you have other dreams that will take courage to realise, so you don’t die a f*cking p*ssy. David Goggins

There’s a bunch of guys that don’t like me and I don’t give a (expletive). I’m a warrior. David Goggins

It’s a lot more than mind over matter. It takes relentless self discipline to schedule suffering into your day, every day. David Goggins

They say there’s always light at the end of the tunnel, but not once your eyes adjust to the darkness, and that’s what happened to me. David Goggins

We habitually settle for less than our best; at work, in school, in our relationships, and on the playing field or racecourse. David Goggins

Be true to whoever or whatever you are and wear it like a badge of honour. Fit in with one person and one person only: yourself. David Goggins

Life isn’t always about doing the things we like to do. It’s about doing things we have to do. David Goggins

A warrior is a guy that goes ‘I’m here again today. I’ll be here again tomorrow and the next day.’ It’s a person who puts no limit on what’s possible. David Goggins

You can be born in a f*cking sewer and still be the baddest motherf*cker on earth. David Goggins

Suffering is a test. That’s all it is. David Goggins

When you make excuses, you’re running from the truth. We all want to take this four-lane highway, but we always step over the shovel. All I did was pick up that shovel and made my own path. David Goggins

As humans, we’re reading books everyday to try to figure out how to be someone else. What we don’t do is go inside, turn ourselves inside out, and read our own story. David Goggins

You know that my refrigerator is never full, and it never will be because I live a mission-driven life, always on the hunt for the next challenge. That mindset is the reason I broke that record, finished Badwater, became a SEAL, rocked Ranger School, and on down the list. In my mind I’m that racehorse always chasing a carrot I’ll never catch, forever trying to prove myself to myself. And when you live that way and attain a goal, success feels anti-climactic. David Goggins

When you’re exhausted, weak, and tired and everyone around you looks just as bad as you or even worse – that’s the perfect time for you to make a statement. You let everyone around you know that when their life ends, that’s when yours begins. David Goggins

Failure is an option. David Goggins.

Take time to take inventory of your life. Look in the mirror and hold yourself accountable. David Goggins

This life is all a f*cking mind game. Realize that. Own it! David Goggins

Once, I was so focused on failing, I was afraid to even try. David Goggins

If you want to be one of the few to defy those trends in our ever-softening society, you will have to be willing to go to war with yourself and create a whole new identity, which requires an open mind. David Goggins

If you’re not physically and mentally prepared for what life is going to throw at you, then you’re just going to crumble, And then, you’re no good to nobody. David Goggins

The mind is the most powerful thing in the world. The mind has capabilities that are so unknown, and being able to tap into that is on the other side of suffering. David Goggins

If you run everyday, go swim. The only way that you’re ever going to get to the other side of this journey is by suffering. You have to suffer in order to grow. David Goggins

What makes me tick is that pain you feel when you do these ultramarathons …I can take a lot of pain. David Goggins

it’s possible to transcend anything that doesn’t kill you. David Goggins

The only person who was going to turn my life around was me. The only way I could get turned around was to put myself through the worst things possible that a human being could ever endure. David Goggins

In every failure a lot of good things will have happened, and we must acknowledge them. David Goggins

From then on, I brainwashed myself into craving discomfort. If it was raining, I would go run. Whenever it started snowing, my mind would say, Get your f*cking running shoes on. Sometimes I wussed out and had to deal with it at the Accountability Mirror. But facing that mirror, facing myself, motivated me to fight through uncomfortable experiences, and, as a result, I became tougher. And being tough and resilient helped me meet my goals. David Goggins

Most people who are criticising and judging haven’t even tried what you failed at. David Goggins

Sounds simple, right? It isn’t. Very few people even bother to try to control the way their thoughts and doubts bubble up. David Goggins

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