145+ Motivational David Goggins Quotes

David Goggins Quotes

For this blog post, we collected some of the most motivational David Goggins quotes about life, success, career and love.

Let yourself be inspired to do better, to find your inner power.

What you need to know about David Goggins

David Goggins’ childhood was not a happy one. One could say that for him childhood memories are a nightmare.

When David joined the Navy SEAL, they laughed at him. When they recruited him, they told him: “You weigh 130 kg, do you even know how to swim?

He experienced poverty and physical abuse, and yet through self-discipline, mental tenacity, and hard work, he was able to change.

In two months, he lost 45 kg and became a model soldier in the US Armed Forces.

He has asthma and a congenital heart defect, but he is among the top 20 ultramarathoners in the world.

As the only man in history, he completed his training in three elite groups (Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, Air Tactical Air Controller).

Because of this, Outside magazine placed him in the position of the most capable man in America.

In his book Can’t Hurt Me, he shares his amazing story and points out that most of us use only 40% of our abilities.

145+ Motivational David Goggins Quotes

5 David Goggins Quotes

  1. “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
  1. “No matter what you or I achieve, in sports, business, or life, we can’t be satisfied. Life is too dynamic a game. We’re either getting better or we’re getting worse. Yes, we need to celebrate our victories. There’s power in victory that’s transformative, but after our celebration we should dial it down, dream up new training regimens, new goals, and start at zero the very next day.” David Goggins
  1. “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
  1.  “We habitually settle for less than our best; at work, in school, in our relationships, and on the playing field or race course.” David Goggins
  1.  “When you’re that cold and stressed, the mind cannot comprehend the next 120-plus hours. Five and a half days without sleep cannot be broken up into small pieces. There is no way to systematically attack it, which is why every single person who has ever tried to become a SEAL has asked himself one simple question during their first dose of surf torture: “Why am I here?” David Goggins
145+ Motivational David Goggins Quotes

15 David Goggins Quotes

  1.  “Self-talk and visualisation are two keys to my success.” David Goggins
  1.  “At the end of the day, hard work may not be enough. You still may fail. But you keep going out there and go after it.” David Goggins
  1. “Fear is my ultimate guide” David Goggins
  1.  “Stop making excuses. Stop being a victim. Take personal responsibility.” David Goggins
  1.  “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
  1.  “Evaluate your life in its totality! We all waste so much time doing meaningless bullshit. We burn hours on social media and watching television, which by the end of the year would add up to entire days and weeks if you tabulated time like you do your taxes. You should, because if you knew the truth you’d deactivate your Facebook account STAT, and cut your cable. When” David Goggins
  1.  “Luck is a capricious b*tch. 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.” David Goggins
  1.  “Time stood still as I realised for the first time that I’d always looked at my entire life, everything I’d been through, from the wrong perspective. Yes, all the abuse I’d experienced and the negativity I had to push through challenged me to the core, but in that moment I stopped seeing myself as the victim of bad circumstance, and saw my life as the ultimate training ground instead. My disadvantages had been callousing my mind all along and had prepared me for that moment in that pool with Psycho Pete.” David Goggins
  1. “I don’t stop when I’m tired. I stop when I’m done.” David Goggins
  1.  “If you can see yourself doing something, you can do it. If you can’t see yourself doing something, usually you can’t achieve it.” David Goggins
  1. “The most important conversation is the one you have with yourself.” David Goggins
  1.  “Life experience, especially negative experiences, help callous the mind. But it’s up to you where that callous lines up. If you choose to see yourself as a victim of circumstance into adulthood, that callous will become resentment that protects you from the unfamiliar. It will make you too cautious and untrusting, and possibly too angry at the world. It will make you fearful of change and hard to reach, but not hard of mind.” David Goggins
  1.  “It’s funny, humans tend to hatch our most challenging goals and dreams, the ones that demand the our greatest effort yet promise absolutely nothing, when we are tucked into our comfort zones.” David Goggins
  1.  “Does that shock you too? 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
  1.  “Human beings change through study, habit, and stories.” David Goggins
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20 David Goggins Quotes

  1. “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
  1.  “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 starts getting used to doing (expletive) like this. It’s not fun, but now my mind is used to it.” – David Goggins
  1.  “They see me now as the guy who can do 4,000 pull-ups in 24 hours, but what they don’t understand is the journey that got me to this point. Before this, I was the exact opposite of the person I am today.” – David Goggins
  1.  “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
  1. “The people that can control that feeling of flight and say ‘No (expletive), there’s a way through this. It’s not going to be forever.’ are the ones that make it through it.” – David Goggins
  1.  “When you take a hot shower, the first thing that you think about is why the (expletive) did I quit. So what keeps me going is that I have quit several things. I know what’s on the back end of quitting. It’s a lifetime of thinking why the (expletive) did I do that.” – David Goggins
  1.  “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
  1.  “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 starts getting used to doing things like this. It’s not fun, but now my mind is used to it.” David Goggins
  1.  “If you want to get better, do the things that no-one else wants to do. Do the things that no-one is even thinking about doing.” David Goggins
  1.  Most people who doubt you doubt you because they can never see themselves doing what you are trying to do. – David Goggins
  1. The biggest thing is to stop thinking you deserve anything. You, me, or anyone else doesn’t deserve s*it! So whenever you think you deserve a day off “just because”…rethink that s*it! It’s that kind of attitude that makes you like most people. – David Goggins
  1.  The path to success will leave you callused, bruised, and very tired. It will also leave you empowered. – David Goggins
  1. Don’t let your body or mind do exactly what it wants to do! Take control! – David Goggins
  1.  Never let people who choose the path of least resistance steer you away from your chosen path of most resistance. – David Goggins
  1. Don’t be the person that looks at the weather report the night before to decide what you are going to do the next day. – David Goggins
  1.  The only thing more contagious than a good attitude is a bad one. – David Goggins
  1. “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
  1.  “True will power. I’m going to (expletive) fail, I’m going to (expletive) fail, I’m going to (expletive) fail, and I will succeed.” – David Goggins
  1.  “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
  1. “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
145+ Motivational David Goggins Quotes

25 David Goggins Quotes

  1.  “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
  1. “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! I” David Goggins
  1. “The most important conversations you’ll ever have are the ones you’ll have with yourself.” David Goggins
  1.  “You can push yourself to a place that is beyond the current capability or temporal mindset of the people you work with, and that’s okay. Just know that your supposed superiority is a figment of your own ego. So don’t lord it over them, because it won’t help you advance as a team or as an individual in your field. Instead of getting angry that your colleagues can’t keep up, help pick your colleagues up and bring them with you!” David Goggins
  1.  “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 neutralise it, and all the other external chatter by asking, What if?” David Goggins
  1. “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
  1. “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
  1.  “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 realise you’re doing it to become better.” David Goggins
  1.  “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
  1.  “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” David Goggins
  1.  “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
  1. . “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
  1. “Life is one big tug of war between mediocrity and trying to find your best self.” David Goggins
  1.  “Don’t worry about the elements around you and what’s going on. You gotta get out there and get it.” David Goggins
  1. “Then I thought of an English middle-distance runner from back in the day named Roger Bannister. When Bannister was trying to break the four-minute mile in the 1950s, experts told him it couldn’t be done, but that didn’t stop him. He failed again and again, but he persevered, and when he ran his historic mile in 3:59.4 on May 6, 1954, he didn’t just break a record, he broke open the floodgates simply by proving it possible. Six weeks later, his record was eclipsed, and by now over 1,000 runners have done what was once thought to be beyond human capability.” David Goggins
  1. “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
  1. “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.” David Goggins
  1. “life is one long motherf*cking imaginary game that has no scoreboard, no referee, and isn’t over until we’re dead and buried.” David Goggins
  1. “This life is all a f*cking mind game. Realise that. Own it!” David Goggins
  1.  “A lot of us surround ourselves with people who speak to our desire for comfort. Who would rather treat the pain of our wounds and prevent further injury than help us callous over them and try again. We need to surround ourselves with people who will tell us what we need to hear, not what we want to hear, but at the same time not make us feel we’re up against the impossible.” David Goggins
  1.  “What if is an exquisite f*ck-you to anyone who has ever doubted your greatness or stood in your way. It silences negativity. It’s a reminder that you don’t really know what you’re capable of until you put everything you’ve got on the line. It makes the” David Goggins
  1.  “It takes great strength to be vulnerable enough to put your ass on the line, in public, and work toward a dream that feels like it’s slipping away. We all have eyeballs on us. Our family and friends are watching, and even if you’re surrounded by positive people, they will have ideas about who you are, what you’re good at, and how you should focus your energy. That shit is just human nature, and if you try to break out of their box you’ll get some unsolicited advice that has a way of smothering your aspirations if you let” David Goggins
  1. “We didn’t care about muscle fatigue or breakdown because after a certain point we were training our minds, not our bodies. My workouts weren’t designed to make us fast runners or to be the strongest men on the mission. I was training us to take torture so we’d remain relaxed in extraordinarily uncomfortable environments.” David Goggins
  1.  “Breaking the shackles and stretching beyond our own perceived limits takes hard f*cking work—oftentimes physical work—and when you put yourself on the line, self doubt and pain will greet you with a stinging combination that will buckle your knees.” David Goggins
  1.  “If you can get through doing things that you hate to do, on the other side is greatness.” David Goggins
145+ Motivational David Goggins Quotes

30 David Goggins Quotes

1. “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 

2. “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

3. “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

4. “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

5. “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

6. “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

7. “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 Goggins

8. “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

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

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

11. “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

12. “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

13. “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

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

15. “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

16. “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

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

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

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

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

21. “Denial is the ultimate comfort zone.” David Goggins

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

23. 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

24. 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

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

26. “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

27. “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

28. “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, its 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

29. “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

30. “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

145+ Motivational David Goggins Quotes

40 David Goggins Quotes

1. “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

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

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

4. “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

5. “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. Some people get it, some people don’t.” David Goggins

6. “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

7. “True willpower. I’m going to (expletive) fail, I’m going to (expletive) fail, I’m going to (expletive) fail, and I will succeed.” David Goggins

8. “My happiness is my reflection on the suffering during my journey and knowing that I never quit nor was I guided by anybody on this earth.” David Goggins

9. “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

10. “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

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

12. “Everyday you’re trying to find more of what you’re capable of – and that’s the big question. What are you capable of? Stop doing the things that you do every day. If you run everyday, go swim.” David Goggins

13. “Life is a battle between trying to find more of yourself knowing that the real you is afraid, likes comfort, likes to be patted on the back, and doing what you need to do to get better.” David Goggins

14. “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

15. “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

16. “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

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

18. “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

19. “Suffering is a test. That’s all it is. Suffering is the true test of life.” David Goggins

20. “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

21. “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

22. “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

23. “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

24. “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

25. “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

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

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

28. “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 starts getting used to doing things like this. It’s not fun, but now my mind is used to it.” David Goggins

29. “If you want to get better, do the things that no-one else wants to do. Do the things that no-one is even thinking about doing.” David Goggins

30. “Sel-talk and visualization are two keys to my success.” David Goggins

31. “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 Goggins

32. “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

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

34. “At the end of the day, hard work may not be enough. You still may fail. But you keep going out there and go after it.” David Goggins

35. “Fear is my ultimate guide” David Goggins

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

37. “If you can see yourself doing something, you can do it. If you can’t see yourself doing something, usually you can’t achieve it.” David Goggins

38. “The most important conversation is the one you have with yourself.” David Goggins

39. “Stop making excuses. Stop being a victim. Take personal responsibility.” David Goggins

40. “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

50  David Goggins Quotes

1. “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

2. “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

3. “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

4. “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

5. “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

6. “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

7. “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 Goggins

8. “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

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

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

 11. “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

12. “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

13. “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

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

15. “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

16. “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

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

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

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

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

21. “Denial is the ultimate comfort zone.” David Goggins

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

23. “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

24. “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

25. “You can will yourself to do almost anything you want.” – David Goggins

26. “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

27. “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

28. “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, its 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

29. “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

30. “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

31. “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

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

33. “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

34. “The reason it’s important to push hardest when you want to quit the most is because it helps you callous your mind. It’s the same reason why you have to do your best work when you are the least motivated. That’s why I loved PT in BUD/S and why I still love it today. Physical challenges strengthen my mind so I’m ready for whatever life throws at me, and it will do the same for you.” David Goggins

35. “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

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

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

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

39. 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

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

41. 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

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

43. “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

 44. “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

45. “it’s possible to transcend anything that doesn’t kill you,” David Goggins

46. “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

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

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

49. “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

50. “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

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Nadejda Romanciuc

Nadejda Romanciuc holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a diploma in Addiction studies. She is part of the Romanian Association of Integrative Psychotherapy as a psychotherapist under supervision. She's practicing online counselling for over two years and is a strong advocate for mental health.