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Nastia Liukin Quotes

Anastasia Valeryevna

Nastia Liukin quotes: gold medal messages from the former Olympic gymnast.

“Sometimes we all need a little motivation and I always turn to books for those times when I’m in need of extra motivation or new mindset strategies.”

“It’s crazy what our bodies can accomplish if we treat them right.”

“One day you will realize there is a role and reason for everyone in your life and everyone you meet.  Some will test you, some will love you, some will teach you.  But the ones who are truly the most important are the ones that bring out the best in you… and those are the very rare and hard to find.  So once you find them, hold on to them, and never let go.”

“Family over everything, always.”

“Life is all about perspective.  We can ask ourselves the simple question of, ‘Why is this happening to me?’ or we can ask ourselves, ‘Why is this happening for me?'”

“People are always going to tell you no and roll their eyes when you tell them your dream or your goal, and I think what I realized throughout my career is that those dreams and goals are within reach… right at the tips of your fingers… but you have to believe they are.”

“My dad and I are very similar.  We’re perfectionists.  And we want to do everything 100%.”

“No matter the darkness you may be going through now, always know and believe the light will soon shine again.  Remember to never ever lose your compassion, love, strength, and belief.”

“When you work hard and believe, good things will happen.”

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”

“Everyone who really knows me, knows that I’m a morning person… and I often get asked about the first things I do in the morning.  I’m one of those people who is super excited to take on every day.  This is definitely because of my unique childhood, but it has stuck with me ever since.  I truly believe that setting patterns for yourself during your day helps you to achieve your goals.  I try to stay strict with my a.m. routine no matter where I am in the world because it sets the tone for the day ahead.”

“Life is not about waiting for a storm to pass, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”

“Close your eyes to old ends… and open you heart to new beginnings.”

“What non-believers fail to understand is that calling a dream crazy is not an insult.  It’s a compliment.”

“The real glow up is when you stop waiting to turn into some perfect version of yourself and consciously enjoy being who you are in the present.”

“Listen to the wind, it talks.  Listen to the silence, it speaks.  Listen to your heart, it knows.”

“You are good enough even when others choose to take you for granted.  You are beautiful even when others fail to acknowledge it.  And you are strong even in moments when you feel like breaking.  Don’t let certain circumstances dictate who you truly are.”

“There’s no denying that eating healthy and working out motivates you in other aspects of your life.  When I start my day with a balanced meal and a workout session, I quite literally feel unstoppable.”

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”

“Do some reflecting, set some new goals, spend time with your loved ones – whatever makes your heart happy.”

“My mom really held us all together.  She was our rock.”

“I remember the first goal I set for myself as a little girl: I wanted to be an Olympic champion.  It was amazing but also kinda scary achieving your life-long dream at just 18 years old.  But I knew I needed to start setting new goals and dreams for myself right away… so I’m going to encourage you all to do the same.”

“In a world where everyone wants you to act a certain way, look a certain way, wear certain clothes… be you.”

“The unknown can be scary or it can be exciting.  Live each day with excitement, rather than fear.  Live your life on your own timeline, not the timeline society thinks is right.”

“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.”

“Always find a reason to laugh.  It may not add years to your life, but it will surely add life to your years.”

“A lot of beauty comes from confidence.”

“Am I the only one who always pretends I’m still on a beam?  Once a gymnast, always a gymnast.”

“Today is a good day to smile.”

“Sometimes it’s important to pause during our hectic day-to-day lives and enjoy the simple things.”

“One day it just clicks.  You realize what’s important and what isn’t.  You learn to care less about what others think of you and more about what you think about yourself.”

“As a little girl I dreamed about being the next Mary Lou Retton.  She was the first American gymnast to win the Olympic all around gold medal.  She was my idol and my inspiration throughout my entire career.  Twenty-four years after she won gold, I was able to achieve the exact same thing at the 2008 Olympic Games.”

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