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Best 150 David Goggins Quotes

Looking for popular David Goggins quotes with a positive message? We have compiled the list of 150 David Goggins quotes. David Goggins is an American triathlon, ultramarathon runner, ultra-long-distance cyclist, author, public speaker, and novelist. For accomplishing 4030 pull-ups in 17 hours, he holds the Guinness World Record.  

David Goggins is a proponent of responsibility. You must exercise complete control over your choices and adhere to your convictions to succeed in life. This includes accepting responsibility for whatever transpires in the end. Here is a list of 150 David Goggins quotes.

150 David Goggins Quotes

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. 

Everybody comes to a point in their life when they want to quit. But it’s what you do at that moment that determines who you are. 

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It is time to go to war with yourself. 

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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. 

 You can will yourself to do almost anything you want.

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.

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.

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.

150 David Goggins Quotes

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.

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.

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.

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

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 mindI don’t stop when I’m tired. I stop when I’m done.

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.

If you ever tell me that I can’t do something, I’m going to let you know, in some way, that I am going to do it.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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. 

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

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

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

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

Denial is the ultimate comfort zone.

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

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.

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.

It’s possible to transcend anything that doesn’t kill you.

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 like hard work, dedication, and sacrifice, will set you apart.

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.

150 David Goggins Quotes

Before you open your mouth and criticize someone, think about how you would feel if you were the person you were criticizing.

Be true to whoever or whatever you are and wear it like a badge of honor. Fit in with one person and one person only, yourself.

You want to be uncommon amongst uncommon people. Period.

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

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.

But visualisation isn’t simply about daydreaming of some trophy ceremony—real or metaphorical. You must also visualise 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Suffering is a test. That’s all it is. Suffering is the true test of life.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

A lot of people put motivational quotes up on the wall and all they do is collect dust. Become what that quote says. Live it every day.

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

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.

Denial is the ultimate comfort zone.

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

You can will yourself to do almost anything you want.

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.

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

150 David Goggins Quotes

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

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

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. 

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

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.

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

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.

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.

It’s possible to transcend anything that doesn’t kill you.

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.”

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.

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

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.

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.

Suffering is a test. That’s all it is. Suffering is the true test of life.

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

 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.

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

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.

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.

150 David Goggins Quotes

The worst thing that can happen to a man is to become civilised.

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.

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.

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.

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. That’s just nature. Each specific life comes with its own personalised portion of pain. It’s coming for you. You can’t stop it. And you know it.

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.

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.

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

The most important conversations you’ll ever have are the ones you’ll have with yourself.

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!

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?

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.

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.

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.

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

Everyone fails sometimes and life isn’t supposed to be fair, much less bend to your every whim.

Conclusion

You must take responsibility for yourself and assume charge. Be like David Goggins and hold on to your ambitions and self-belief. You are making good progress. I hope you found our list of 150 David Goggins quotes helpful.

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