You CAN DOO IIIIT! Encouraging Quotes from Football Greats - Part 1

          Since this is #Superbowl Sunday weekend, it seemed only fitting to share some inspirational quotes from some of Football’s best and finest. Most of these quotes are referring to sports or metaphors for life in general-but for me- they are encouraging reminders during my own journey to emotional healing and personal growth. And I hope they will encourage you as well.

           Healing is a process. Often a long, slow and messy one. It might feel like we’re in a Paula Abdul song, taking One Step Forward and Two Steps Back. But if we don’t give up on ourselves, keep pushing through, and are willing to be proactive in our quest for emotional healing, self-love, forgiveness of others, and personal growth…then we can be winners in our own minds and in life.

           You CAN get there. I believe in you. Heck, I believe in ME, which rarely happens. But that’s what reading, speaking and meditating on all this Affirmations and Inspirational Quote stuff is for. We have to be proactive in our efforts to reprogram our minds and finally be and live the life we deserve.

           If we fill our minds with junk: negative, toxic, critical words- or replay hurtful things spoken to us or about us in the past (whether on purpose or not) then that’s what we will believe and what we will put out of ourselves and into others.

           But not today.

           No, this is Super Bowl Weekend.

           There’s gonna be a bunch of large, hard-working, dudes who have overcome their own odds, had to empower themselves, and broke down their own walls of defeat to get to the glorious spot they are at today.

            They know what’s up.

            So without further ado…

            Here are some of the best quotes from athletes to encourage you on your mental health journey. A lot of them are from the late, great Vince Lombardi, because I couldn’t pick just one. But here you go. I hope they inspire you as much if not more than they have me.

            No matter how broken and far behind in your healing journey you feel you are sometimes, just remember- you are fine, you are healing, you are a work in progress, a diamond in the rough, and you WILL get there. It won’t be like this forever. Just DON’T GIVE UP.

            On your lowest, most discouraged days when you feel like you can’t go on and you want to give up. Remember these quotes from the late, great, Vince Lombardi:

  • “We could accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.”
  • “The greatest accomplishment is not in never failing, but in rising again after you fall.”
  • “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.”
  • “The real glory is being knocked to your knees and getting back up.”
  • “The man on top of the mountain didn't fall there.”

          Hmm… let that sink in…

          And if you still feel discouraged, read this from these other late football greats:

      * “Before you can win, you have to believe you are worthy.”

- Mike Ditka
(1939, NFL player,
television commentator, and coach)


     * “The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.”

- Steve Young
(1961, former NFL quarterback)

            And finally….

     * “Don’t give up at half time. Concentrate on winning the second half.”

- Paul Bear Bryant
(1913 – 1983, American
college football player and coach)


            So don’t give up. Pretend you’re Tom Brady or Patrick Mahomes and dig your cleats in. Show your mental and emotional health who’s boss. Tell all those negative voices in your head that try to convince you that you are too far gone, never going to recover, or doomed for a second rate life to shut the F*ck up. Healing is possible for you. And it WILL happen. It IS happening for you. 

          Just keep believing and speaking positive, life affirming words over yourself.

          Or do your own silly, little, dance, like you just ran a Touchdown in the Super Bowl.

          If these Pro Football guys can do it, then so can you! You may not have a Vince Lombardi trophy or Million Dollar contracts behind you- but your emotional health, healing, and empowerment is just as important. So don't give up. 

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During my research for encouragement and empowerment, I was blown away by the number of amazing quotes by the late Vince Lombardi. So I'm including links to some great books about Vince that you and I should check out to inspire & empower us to live our best, most productive lives ever.  

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