David Goggins Quotes to Help You Navigate Any Challenge

David Goggins is a retired Navy SEAL, USAF Tactical Air Control Party member and an American ultramarathon runner,. Goggins is also a successful author and public speaker. In this blog post, we’ll be looking at some of David Goggins quotes.

Goggins is a role model for anyone looking to overcome their own challenges. He has faced more obstacles than most of us could even imagine, but he has refused to give up. He is a testimony to the power of hard work and determination.

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80 David Goggins Quotes

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

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

3. “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.”

4. “We’re either getting better or we’re getting worse.”

5. “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.”

6. “I don’t stop when I’m tired. I stop when I’m done”

7. “No matter how they’re treating you there is one way to not only earn their respect, but turn the tables. Excellence.”

8. “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”

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

10. “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.”

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11. “And if you fail again, so the fuck be it. Take the pain. Repeat these steps and keep fighting.”

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

13. “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.”

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

15. “It may be satisfactory, but that’s another word for mediocrity.”

16. “Human beings change through study, habit, and stories.”

17. “Denial is the ultimate comfort zone.”

18. “The only way we can change is to be real with ourselves.”

19. “I had every excuse in the world to be a loser, and used them all.”

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

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21. “Don’t kill them with kindness , Torture them with success.”

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

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

24. “Life is all about looking for tactical advantages,”

25. “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.”

26. “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.”

27. “in every failure there is something to be gained,”

28. “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.”

29. “This one, like most battles we fight in life, would be won or lost in our own minds.”

30. “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.”

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31. “Always be willing to embrace ignorance and become the dumb fuck in the classroom again, 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.”

32. “Tell yourself the truth! That you’ve wasted enough time, and that you have other dreams that will take courage to realize, so you don’t die a fucking pussy.”

33. “Once, I was so focused on failing, I was afraid to even try.”

34. “We live in a society where mediocrity is often rewarded”

35. “Be more than motivated, be more than driven, become literally obsessed to the point where people think you’re fucking nuts.”

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

37. “If you audit your life, skip the bullshit, and use backstops, you’ll find time to do everything you need and want to do.”

38. “Sometimes the unexpected descends like chaos, and without warning even the bravest among us must be ready to take on risks and tasks that seem beyond our capabilities.”

39. “We all have areas in our lives we either ignore or can improve upon. Find yours. We often choose to focus on our strengths rather than our weaknesses. Use this time to make your weaknesses your strengths.”

40. “Learn to help yourself”

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41. “My work ethic is the single most important factor in all of my accomplishments.”

42. “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.”

43. “Analyze your schedule, kill your empty habits, burn out the bullshit, and see what’s left.”

44. “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.”

45. “It was about who I was and who I wanted to be.”

46. “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.”

47. “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.”

48. “Physically I was strong, but I was not even close to mastering my mind.”

49. “We habitually settle for less than our best; at work, in school, in our relationships, and on the playing field or race course.”

50. “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.”

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51. “The bottom line is that life is one big mind game. The only person you are playing against is yourself.”

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

53. “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.”

54. “Know why you’re in the fight to stay in the fight!”

55. “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.”

56. “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!”

57. “I was the sum total of the obstacles I’d overcome.”

58. “Control your mindset. Dominate your thought process. This life is all a fucking mind game. Realize that. Own it!”

59. “When you find yourself having frivolous conversations or becoming ensnared in activities that don’t better you in any way, move the fuck on!”

60. “You can tolerate doubt as a backseat driver, but if you put doubt in the pilot’s seat, defeat is guaranteed.”

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61. “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.”

62. “Life is the most brutal endurance sport of all time!”

63. “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.”

64. “I want you to work harder on that project or in that class than you ever have before. Do everything exactly as they ask, and whatever standard they set as an ideal outcome, you should be aiming to surpass that.”

65. “if you accept the pain as a natural process and refuse to give in and give up, you will engage the sympathetic nervous system which shifts your hormonal flow.”

66. “That’s when I first realized that not all physical and mental limitations are real, and that I had a habit of giving up way too soon.”

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

68. “And if you fail again, so the fuck be it. Take the pain. Repeat these steps and keep fighting. That’s what it’s all about.”

69. “Show no weakness remained my motto, but that didn’t mean I felt strong.”

70. “in every failure a lot of good things will have happened, and we must acknowledge them.”

Thought-Provoking David Goggins Quotes

71. “We can’t control all the variables in our lives. It’s about what we do with opportunities revoked or presented to us that determine how a story ends.”

72. “I didn’t want or need a break because the uncommon among uncommon don’t take breaks!”

73. “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.”

74. “You can be born in a fucking sewer and still be the baddest motherfucker on earth.”

75. “When we’re comfortable we can’t answer those simple questions that are bound to arise in the heat of battle because we don’t even realize they’re coming.”

76. “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.”

77. “So I sought out pain, fell in love with suffering, and eventually transformed myself from the weakest piece of shit on the planet into the hardest man God ever created, or so I tell myself.”

78. “Stick with this process and soon what you thought was impossible will be something you do every fucking day of your life.”

79. “Believe it or not, most people prefer delusion. They blame others or bad luck or chaotic circumstance.”

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

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