20 Motivational Mantras for When Your Willpower is Waning

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Let’s be honest—some days it’s hard to get motivated. Whether you’re struggling with an internal battle of hitting snooze instead of getting up for your morning workout or you’re face to face with a delicious tray of goodies that someone brought into the breakroom, there are constant battles to overcome on your quest to lose weight and get healthier. Some days it may feel easy to make those healthy decisions and other days it might feel near impossible.

We know that the battle to stay motivated is a tough one and rounded up some of the best motivational mantras out there that you can focus on when you feel like your willpower is waning. Write one down on an index card and tuck it into your gym bag or your lunchbox. Stick a card by your alarm clock or maybe even share one with a friend that you know is facing similar challenges. Sometimes all you need is a little bit of encouragement to get over that hump and stick to the plan.

1. “When you fall, get right back up. Just keep going, keep pushing it.”
-Lindsey Vonn, professional skier

2. “Weight loss doesn’t begin in the gym with a dumb bell; it starts in your head with a decision.”
-Toni Sorenson, author of The Great Brain Cleanse

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3. “The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself—the invisible battles inside all of us—that’s where it’s at.”
-Jesse Owens, Olympic track and field athlete

4. “And though she be but little, she is fierce.”
-Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

5. “If something stands between you and your success, move it. Never be denied.”
-Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, professional wrestler and actor

6. “Take those chances and you can achieve greatness, whereas if you go conservative, you’ll never know. I truly believe what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Even if you fail, learning and moving on is sometimes the best thing.”
-Danica Patrick, professional race car driver

7. “Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.”
-Vince Lombardi, football legend

8. “If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it.”
-Michael Jordan, basketball legend

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9. “Being defeated is only a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.”
Marilyn vos Savant, national columnist

10. “I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.”
-Jose N. Harris, author of A Story of Faith, Hope and Love

11. “Believe me, the reward is not so great without the struggle.”
-Wilma Rudolph, Olympic track and field athlete

12. “Exercise is like an addiction. Once you’re in it, you feel like your body needs it.”
-Elsa Pataky, Spanish model

13. “I attribute my success to this—I never gave or took any excuse.”
-Florence Nightingale, founder of modern nursing

14. “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
-Michael Jordan, basketball legend

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15. “Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.”
-Henry Ford, American industrialist

16. “Nothing is impossible! The word itself says ‘I’m possible!’”
Audrey Hepburn, actress

17. “Your health account, your bank account—they’re the same thing. The more you put in, the more you can take out. Exercise is king and nutrition is queen. Together you have a kingdom.”
-Jack LaLanne, bodybuilder

18. “Champions keep playing until they get it right.”
-Billie Jean King, tennis legend

19. “True champions aren’t always the ones that win, but those with the most guts.”
-Mia Hamm, professional soccer player

20. “The genius thing that we did was—we didn’t give up.”
-Jay-Z, rapper and businessman