We all have hurdles to jump and far distances to go. This is true of every business owner. Oftentimes, the grind is tough and it seems too difficult to go on, like our goals are unreachable. However, it’s important to remember that a little inspiration and plenty of determination can take us farther than what we’ve even dreamed. While the determination is up to you, you can find inspiration anywhere. We’ve compiled 5 quotes from top Olympic athletes to keep the torch of motivation burning inside you.

  1. Every champion was once a contender that didn’t give up. Gabby Douglas [ Gymnastics ] – Sometimes, we fall victim to the pressures of stress and negativity. There will be times, especially when you face many challenges, that giving up seems like the best option. Do not believe this! You have to keep trying to be able to achieve what you’re meant to. You are a contender in a world full of competition, and this may be discouraging especially when figures are down. But always remember this: there is a champion that lies within you; you just have to keep going to realize your potential. When you keep going, you can achieve anything you put your mind to, even starting a new business.
  2. I am building a fire and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match. Mia Hamm [ Soccer ] Are you living your life in a way that sets yourself up for greatness? You have to remember that every day is just another stepping stone to success, and you have to ready yourself for when that success comes, as you are building your own fire. Time things accordingly, especially when making big decisions or closing deals. Do not forget to fuel your fire. Do things that will directly benefit both you and your business. Set it up to be the best that it can be, and you will shine your brightest at the most opportune moments. Success will come to you only if you are working towards it. Dreams don’t work unless you do. Keep this in mind and you’ll be ablaze with confidence, happiness, and prosperity. If you find yourself ready to light the match and start that new business, then you also have to stay on top of the work. You need to train yourself in business just as you would in sports, and having access to the right resources to help you start and run your business is key.
  3. Failure I can live with. Not trying is what I can’t handle! – Sanya Richards Ross [ Track and Field ] How often are we so taunted by the fear of failure that we find ourselves in a slump of inaction? It happens to the best of us. It’s important to remember that when we stop trying, we resign ourselves to a fate of nothingness—a failure that happens no matter what. Maybe you’re anxious about starting that new business, or making the next big decision for your company. Remember that when faced with hesitation in taking your first step, you bring yourself closer to success. This is far better than staying in one place because you are afraid of failing! Having a solid plan can help you make sure you’re on the right path. In business, having a plan will decrease the chance of failure, making the venture less risky.
  4. If you want to be the best, you have to do things that others aren’t willing to do. Michael Phelps [ Swimming ] Are you afraid of taking risks? All of us have been at some point. However, it’s taking risks that separates the wheat from the chaff. You have to think of things that can set you apart from your competition, and then take the leap of faith and do it. It might be frightening at first, but you’ll find it rewarding, and your business will be very likely to benefit from it. Taking risks and doing what other people don’t want to do is just part of the journey to becoming the best that there is. Don’t be afraid, because your fear will hinder you from achieving great things.
  5. When anyone tells me I can’t do anything, I’m just not listening anymore. – Griffith Joyner [ Track and Field ] At the beginning of our journey, many of us have had naysayers who worked hard to make us lose motivation. When we’re surrounded by people who don’t believe in us and the power of our dreams, we’re surrounded by unneeded toxicity. Distance yourself from people who discourage you. Welcome advice, welcome critique, but stop listening to people who tell you that you’re not capable of something that you are striving towards. You’ll find that you’ll be living a lighter life, and your ventures will thank you for it.

While you may not be an Olympic athlete, there’s no reason you can’t take inspiration from them and use it to fuel your vision for starting your new business. Outrun and outlast the competition with an unbeatable spirit and the right tools for keeping your business in tip-top shape!